My blogging friend Brother Stuart tagged me in the Christmas Tag! Go check out his blog over at Something To Stu Over. I admire his passion for our Savior and wanting to live a holy life. His love for his family is beautiful. He writes without inhibition. His blog posts are always right on point and he will never know how deeply they resonate with me. He is fantastic. I believe he could easily be a Preacher who would have a lasting effect on every person who heard him. Check him out!
You can read his Christmas Tag here.
The tag was created by The Bright Bookcase, you can read the original post at:
Here are the rules:
- You must thank the person who nominated you
- Link back to the original post (the one on this blog) and use the graphic provided.
- Answer the questions given
- Nominate at least 3 people.
- Give the nominees 10 questions to answer (or use the ones previously given)
- HAVE FUN!
Here are his questions:
1. What present did you always want as a child and never received?
I honestly do not remember wanting anything specific at Christmas as a child. I think I was just happy to have any present I received. I do remember as a teenager really wanting a certain pair of black boots I saw at the department store (we only had one department store in our town). They were so cool! They looked like army boots and I believe they had “777” across the tongues. Seven is my favorite number and I had never seen boots like that before. I was soooo disappointed when I didn’t get them. Hmmm….. maybe that would explain my obsession with boots?!! Funny how we realize things so much later, especially when your daughter takes psychology classes in college and anaylzes the whole family…
2. What are your top 5 Christmas movies?
While You Were Sleeping
Christmas with the Kranks
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Preacher’s Wife
3. Out of all the Christmas songs, which one makes you truly joyful?
Oh goodness, the songs I like seem to change! This year it has been:
You Make it Feel like Christmas (Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton)
4. What special memory do you have of Christmas morning, as a parent?
Well, having to share my oldest daughter almost every Christmas with my Ex-Husband made Christmas mornings stressful. I had to do presents, get my girls ready for the day, make the turkey dinner for lunch, and take pictures in a very short amount of time. Before she could even really play with everything or even finish her lunch one time, it was time for her to leave. That. Was. Hard. I was so stressed all those years and didn’t really enjoy it like I should have. I was very sad to not be with my Ex and my oldest daughter as a family. That was heartbreaking every year. I think the best memory, after deciding together to let her spend Christmas Eve and Morning with him, was the afternoons when she would come home, run to me and give me a big hug. We could finally relax.
5. What was your favorite Christmas gift?
My Strawberry Shortcake vanity. It was a huge surprise.
6. At what age did you realize that Santa was not real?
I don’t remember my parents ever telling us that he was real or visiting Santa or asking for gifts.
7. How long do you stay awake Christmas Eve setting everything up for the kids?
When they were little probably 2 a.m. I guess! Now that they are adults, I am starting to wrap everything early and put it under the tree. Except for ONE present from “Santa” for my youngest daughter who has special needs. That present is the one she asks Santa for. I place it out in front of the tree and she is so surprised and happy to get it on Christmas morning. So, other than getting that one present set out and stuffing the stockings, I’m able to get in bed pretty early now. Lol
8. What traditions have you and your spouse made for your marriage on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
My Man likes to spend Christmas Day with just me and the kids. No visiting anyone or having other guest at my house usually. I make him cinnamon rolls and coffee to get him through the morning. Then, I make him a big turkey dinner and his favorite dessert. This year, I’m planning on taking him out for breakfast on Dec. 26th, doing some after Christmas shopping and maybe a movie. I have been known to put on a certain version of a “Mrs. Claus” outfit, but I won’t go into detail…
9. Are you a all year Christmas shopper or a last minute shopper?
I’m a black Friday and try to get it done in time for Christmas kind of shopper. I want everyone to be happy, so it takes me a while to decide what to get. The earlier I start thinking about what to get the better. I’m learning to write ideas down when I think of them throughout the year. One year, I did my shopping in October and I was so proud of myself! Lol
10. What is the hardest thing you have ever had to put together for your kids to enjoy once they woke up?
I have no idea! I never had too much to put together I guess. I usually do all the wrapping and leave the building to others.
Here are my nominees:
Here are my questions:
1. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
2. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
3. What is your favorite Christmas movie and why?
4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
5. If you could have any Christmas wish come true, what would it be?
6. What color are your decorations?
7. Christmas turkey, ham or other?
8. What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
9. What was the worst gift you ever received?
10. What was the best gift you ever received?
Have fun answering the questions! I look forward to reading them, if you choose to participate. 🙂
Amazed By His Grace,