TBB Asks… Holiday Themed Q&A

TBB Asks Holiday Themed Q&A {The Blended Blog}
I remember when I first started blogging, a bizillion light years ago, we used to do these fun little linkups where someone would ask a series of questions and everyone would answer. Sometimes they were in the form of videos, sometimes they were typed out. Either way, it was just a fun and easy way to get to know people. In recent years, the fun part of blogging has given way to the business side of blogging and things really haven’t been the same since. Let me add that I do not begrudge anyone turning this into a side hustle, all I’m saying is that I miss the fun and intimacy of getting to know other people. So when I saw this cute little questionnaire over on Leslie’s blog, Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After, I immediately decided to play along. The linkup is actually hosted by Andrea at The Blended Blog. When you get a chance, check out both of their blogs.

Here are my answers:

  1. Definitely fake. I saw where someone bought a real tree, got it home, and found a baby dinosaur in it. I have enough of those things living on a porch, don’t need one in my house. Our current tree is white, but I used to have a purple one. Next year, I want one of those cute ones that are made out of body forms, but I haven’t been able to talk The Hubs into that. Yet.
  2. Whatever my sister~in~law sends the girls me. Every year, she and my mother~in~law send a box of cookies to our house. Well, the girls are in college now, so they don’t technically live in our house anymore. Therefore, they forfeit their mail, right?
  3. We’re usually home on Christmas morning. Since the kids are in college, married, or working, we don’t really travel during the holidays, but we do make time to go see them during other times of the year. Ain’t gonna lie though, I miss being around my babies during this time of the year.
  4. Clear lights. I’m one of those moms who used to redecorate the tree after the kids went to bed because they did it wrong. I’m a little *insert horror music with a Christmas flair* about decorating.
  5. Every year I ask for people’s addresses and every year I get on Facebook and apologize.
  6. I don’t know that I have a favorite present but I do have a favorite memory. I think I was about 5 or 6  years old at the time. My grandparents owned a house in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and one year all of us {grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins} went to the house to celebrate Christmas. The house was two floors and the tree {real} was so tall that my uncle had to go up to the balcony to put the star on it. Then he proceeded to hang a stocking from the balcony railing for all of us kids. It was the biggest stocking ever. Full of candy and fun little toys. My grandfather and all of us kids put together a gingerbread house and then we sat by the fire. That was the last Christmas that our entire family was together. I’m glad that I have that one memory.
  7. Hands down, it has to be Squeekerz. While we didn’t get him for Christmas, we did get him just before Christmas because the kids had done really well in school and we promised.
  8. No stockings. But I did put up garland around the fireplace this year.
  9. No, but I wish that I’d started that tradition when the kids were little.
  10. Silent Night by The Temptations.
  11. Hmmmm…. we don’t really have any traditions. When the kids were little, The Hubs used to read the Christmas story to them before they could open their gifts.
  12. I’m definitely a last minute shopper. Mostly because I never know what to get anyone.
  13. My sisters and I used to watch A Christmas Story every year with my dad. My kids don’t find it nearly as funny as I do, so…
  14. Coffee. All day. Every day.
  15. Nope. We were never taught to believe in Santa, nor did we teach our children.

Now it’s your turn, share your answers in the comments below…

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Oh, what a memory of that last Christmas your family was together. I never knew my grandfathers but would like to think they would have been the kind of sweet souls to put together gingerbread houses and to fill big stockings with candy and trinkets. I have never made a gingerbread house, either. It was always something my youngest daughter did with her step-father, their little tradition, and I never horned in. After our divorce, he completely walked out of the girls’ (and mine, of course) lives. But I hope maybe Lauren will make a gingerbread house someday with her daughter Lucia.
    You did indeed put up garland and it is so pretty! I am working on a mini-version of the fabric garland I made for the mantel this summer. Started work on it tonight. Will finish tomorrow. I hope. We don’t even have a tree up yet. PC is a Grinch but I am going to do it myself while he is at work this week.
    Thank you for the mention. So glad to have you visit my blog. Glad you participated in this holiday post, too. XO

  • Juanita

    I’ve always liked these questionnaires, too.
    1. Fake. We decided bout 10 years ago to go with fake because $30 for a fresh tree that would be thrown away in a month stopped making sense to us.
    2. Sadly, I tend to like them all!
    3. Home. Our kids and their families come to us.
    4. Colored lights.
    5. We sent cards last year but hadn’t for several years before that. We aren’t sending cards this year. I used to send about 30 cards every year, complete with a little newsletter. Yeah.
    6.When I was 16, my dad gave me a lime green ‘poor boy’ mini-skirt dress (think t-shirt fabric) and a pendant watch. This would have been 1966. Both of these items were very trendy. What was so neat about this was, first, my dad (who would have been 64 years old at the time) chose these all by himself and they were not something my mom would have picked out for me. I was tickled to have a trendy outfit because my mom didn’t approve of trendy. Plus, I was attending a business high school in Chicago and our daily attire was pillbox hat, white gloves, hair no longer than shoulder length, 2″ high heels, and skirts had to be just below the knees! Talk about feeling like a freak at the height of the new trend of mini-skirts! I loved that gift from my dad!
    7. I love that about Squeekerz! I love giving gifts and I think I’m good at it. I’m a good listener so I learn about people’s likes and dislikes. I’m happy with all the gifts I give. Some favorites were not gifts for Christmas. Like a dinosaur quilt I made for my youngest grandchild…it turned out really cute and he loved it. When my kids were in high school, we gave them high school jackets which they didn’t think they could have because of the cost. But it was important to them and it was such a pleasure to do that…it was along the lines of getting the trendy outfit from my dad, ya know?
    8. Stockings for sure!
    9. No Christmas jammies.
    10. “For Unto Us a Child is Born” from Handel’s Messiah.
    11. When our kids were little we would make a birthday cake for Christmas Eve and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.
    12. Early, but not too early.
    13. A Dog named Christmas and A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart.
    14. Egg nog, non-alcoholic, of course.
    15. No milk or cookies for Santa at our house.

    • I’ve always thought they were fun. Once blogging became a side hustle, that aspect was lost…

      I used to want to be one of those people who sent out a newsletter – I saw it on Everybody Loves Raymond, and even though theirs was snotty, I liked the concept. I just never got around to it. And, now, with Facebook, no need.

      The story about the skirt is just too cool. What a wonderful gift from your dad. I totally got a mental picture of everything you described and, even though I wasn’t there, I’m feeling all nostalgic.

      The birthday cake! Sweet. I always think that things like that makes Jesus smile.

      We were never taught to believe in Santa, so I didn’t teach my kids either. It wasn’t that I sat them down and said “there’s no such thing”, we just never discussed him.

      Thank you so much for playing along. Loved your answers.

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