December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas....

1. Hot Chocolate or apple cider?
Just a little bit of
hot chocolate, but I would
prefer tea!

2. Turkey or Ham?

Baked turkey for dinner with all the
fixin's of course!

3. Do you get a fake or real-you-cut-it-yourself Christmas tree?

Definitely a REAL tree!
(The last few years they have been pre-cut ones.)

4. Decorations on the outside of your house?

Only the God given snow...
with an occassional snowman!

5. Snowball fights or sleddin’?

When I was a kid it was sledding!

6. Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?

Not so much... I like making & baking!

7. Favorite Christmas song?

I love all the traditional songs...
Silent Night &
O Holy Night
Joy to the World

8. How do you feel about Christmas movies?

I enjoy the older ones and some
of the new ones too!

9. When is it time to start listening to Christmas music?

Right after Thanksgiving!

10. White lights or colored lights on the tree?

We have decorated both ways, but I
like the colored ones best!
(and, not blinking ones this year)

11. Go to someone else’s house or they come to you?

In the morning we travel and then we come
 home to stay from mid-afternoon on!!
But, I sense change is
in the air....

12. Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when?

Luke chapter 2:1-20
Usually on Christmas Eve

13. What do you do after presents and dinner?

Clean up and relax... bask in the joy of
gifts opened & received, chat...

14. What is your favorite holiday smell?

The real pine scent of the tree.
The turkey roasting...
Home baked bread...

15. Ice skating or walking around the mall?

NEITHER...  How about curled up with a good book,
playing cards or a game with the family,
or watching a new movie!

16. Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day?

Both! Christmas Eve after church we opened gifts
from the kids to each other and us, then on Christmas day
we open the gifts from us to the kids!

17. Favorite Christmas memory?

As a child,  being all together with my
parents, grandparents and cousins!

As an adult, seeing the wonder
in my children's eyes and listening
to them play Christmas music;
piano, bell choir or singing on
Christmas Eve!

18. Favorite Part about winter?

Being warm inside and admiring the beauty outside!!
Seeing the snow cling to the trees... it is so pretty!
And, counting down the days
until springtime!

19. Ever been kissed under mistletoe?


Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

(back row: Austin, Darlene, Audrey, Ethan, Pete, Travis)
(front row: Melanie, Mom, Dad, Marc)


Anonymous said...

Your mom looks wonderful and as young as the last time I saw her! How is it you and your mom have stayed the same, yet I have aged tremendously? What a GREAT family photo! Patty Topp

Melanie said...

Thanks Patty! This is the first full family picture we've taken in YEARS!! So, I'm pretty excited too! :) Mom & Dad are both 71 now... and the closer we creep towards 50, the more I feel like it! LOL

mad4books said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT! What a dear and delightful family!!!