Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Gift bags! It’s hard for me to mess them up the way I do wrapping paper.
Real or artificial tree?
Artificial. We’re admittedly terrified about fire hazards.
When do you put up the tree?
My family has always put the tree up on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!
When do you take the tree down?
Usually a day or two after New Year’s. We like to let the holiday season linger as long as we can.
Do you like eggnog?
I love eggnog! Stephen makes a killer homemade batch.
Favorite gift received as a child?
My three-story dollhouse, which we (as in, my parents) built by hand over the course of many months. I still have the house, which has working lights, plus carpeting and hardwood floors, today.
Hardest person to buy for?
My grandparents. After over 50 years of marriage, they have absolutely anything and everything you can think of.
Easiest person to buy for?
My sister. She loves gift cards to her favorite stores, which makes it easy to get her something she really wants and can use.
Do you have a nativity scene?
Not our own, although my parents have always had one at their house.
Mail or email Christmas cards?
Christmas cards? What Christmas cards? I’ve made a promise to myself to get with it and start sending them once we’re married.
Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I can’t say anything comes to mind. I’m just grateful for the gesture!
Favorite Christmas movie?
Since I was a kid, my mom, sister and I have had a tradition of watching The Muppet Christmas Carol every year. I figure you can’t go wrong with this movie’s classic message about spreading kindness.
When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually during Thanksgiving weekend, but never on Black Friday. I absolutely hate shopping in crowds, so I usually go out at night after most people have finished up for the day.
Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
No, I just don’t have the heart to.
Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My family’s Italian anisette cookies. The recipe has been passed down for generations.
Lights on the tree?
I love traditional multicolored lights. Classic!
Favorite Christmas song?
My favorite traditional song is definitely “Do You Hear What I Hear?” I also love “The Bells of Saint Paul” by Linda Eder.
Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Since our families live in California while we’re in D.C., I’m a traveling girl.
Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
I can! Can you?
Angel or star on the treetop?
This is a tough one, but usually a shiny star.
Open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
One gift on Christmas Eve just to get the fun started, but the rest on Christmas morning! The anticipation is half the fun.
Most annoying thing about this time of year?
People fighting in stores over toys and material things. Can’t we please focus on the things that really matter and just enjoy the season?
Favorite ornament theme or color?
I love to mix-and-match as many unique and non-traditional ornaments as possible. My favorite is the marshmallow snowman I made when I was a kid.
Favorite Christmas dinner?
The Italian in me craves lasagna, ravioli or tortellini. Yum!
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Some much-needed downtime spent with Stephen and my family, plus the friends I don’t get to see very often.
Have you ever been caroling?
Well, I sang with a Christmas choir in elementary school. Does that count? I think the answer is no.
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