Forgive the large gap in postings, I have been at home since Friday and have been busy with lots of shopping and cooking/baking, and more importantly just spending time with my family.
I feel very grateful to have been able to come home and spend so much time here.
I will do a better recap of my Christmas (with recipes!) soon, but for now here’s a fun survey I’ve been seeing around the blog world 🙂
1. Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?
I always like Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas, and N*SYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, however I don’t really have any ultimate favorites. This year I discovered Christmas on Pandora, which I’ve listened to my past few long runs – love!
2. Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?
This was the first year I ran. Usually I take the day off, but with my race coming up I wanted to keep up with my normal running schedule. I’m glad I did it – it was one of those runs where I just felt FANTASTIC afterward.
3. What do you usually eat on Christmas morning?
Hmm, it really varies! Someone in the family always cooks the traditional menu items (mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, etc), but I like to make my own variations and/or extra vegetarian items. This year I contributed a lentil loaf, sweet potato grits, and roasted brussel sprouts.
4. Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?
I love going to pick out the tree and decorate with my family while Christmas music plays in the background. I also love making Christmas cookies from scratch – rolling the dough, dying the icing, etc. When I was young, we had a tradition that everyone would choose one gift from under the tree to open on Christmas Eve, but I’m not really sure why it hasn’t been happening the past few years 😦
5. Real tree, fake tree or no tree?
Real! We had a fake for years, but one year decided to go real and haven’t turned back. Can’t beat that smell!
6. Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?
YAY! I have been wearing the same pair for 5 years… 🙂
7. Where do you spend the holidays?
All over! Christmas morning is at my dad’s, then later in the day I usually go to one of my aunt’s houses where my mom’s side of the family is.
8. Food that you always have during the holiday season? Favorite Christmas food/treat?
Aforementioned Christmas cookies, for sure.
9. Open presents all at once or take turns?
Christmas morning = take turns. One person passes out gifts then we all go around in a circle one at a time. Stockings (best part!) are last, and kind of a free-for-all; everyone just pulls everything out at once. When exchanging with extended family, it’s usually an all at once kind of thing.
10. Favorite Christmas(ish) movie?
Elf all the way! However, this year was my first year (!) really watching A Christmas Story all the way through, and I have to say I was a fan.
Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas (or any other holiday you celebrate!!)