The Christmas Tag

Thank you to Becky at Strikeouts + Sprinkles for nominating me for this festive tag!

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link their blog to your post.

2. List the rules in the post.

3. Answer all the questions asked by the blogger.

4. Nominate some other bloggers and provide them with 12 new questions!

Becky’s Questions:

1. Thoughts on Christmas lights staying up all year round?

You know what, I’m fine with it. If you remove the word “Christmas”, they’re just lights. Why does an illuminated front yard need to be a seasonal thing?

2. When do you start listening to Christmas music?

The snarky answer is: Whenever my ears come in range of it.

But really, I don’t seek out Christmas music to listen to…

3. When is too early to start listening to/playing Christmas music?

November 1st is definitely too early. That’s 55 days before Christmas and it’s not like there’s a huge selection. I’m all for listening to the same songs on repeat for long periods of time, but 55 days in advance is a bit much.

November 26th is a good day to start. You’re less than a month out and won’t peak too soon.

4. How do you do your Christmas shopping—in the stores/online/combination?

In stores. It’s the worst. I go in with a game plan so I’m out within two hours/need lunch by the end of it as a reward. Every year, I’m nearly hit by a wild stroller pusher.

5. What’s your favourite family tradition around this time of year?

Opening presents on Christmas morning. We all have our own “spot”. My spot is next to the tree and I hand out gifts/slide them across the carpet. Makes me feel like a curler.

6. Real or fake tree?

Fake tree.

What if a squirrel peed on the tree you picked out and now it’s in your house?

7. Favourite Christmas song?

“Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”. Not actually, though. I’ve just been looking for an opportunity to make that joke for the last two weeks.

I have a soft spot for “The Christmas Shoes” even though it makes everyone cry. I also like “Carol of the Bells” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

I think my favourite is, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” by The Drifters, for many reasons. The first one being, it was in Home Alone, so the nostalgia metre just skyrockets.

The second reason is, my dad and I sing it year-round and create new lyrics for it every time.

For example, one of us will get going in the background with “Ba duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh…” and the other will make up lyrics like, “I’m dreaming of a large pizza, just like the one I ate last week…”

And then when the person singing background gets to the “Weeeeeeee” part, the song is over and we laugh about it.

The third reason I like the song is because of this video:

8. Favourite Christmas movie?

Home Alone. There is no other answer to this question. I recite lines from that movie at least once a week. I’m a pleasure to be around.

Honourable mention: All I Want For Christmas. I don’t know where it ranks for me, but I remember seeing it on TV all the time as a kid and liked it.

It’s about a brother and sister who try really hard to pull off an elaborate scheme that will reunite their divorced parents for Christmas. It worked.

It was filmed in 1991 which plays to my love of 90s shows/movies, but also, one of the parents in the movie owned a diner and I remember the burgers and fries looking delicious. That’s a big reason why I like this movie.

Anyone else seen it/can vouch that the food looked good?

9. What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received?

Socks.

What am I going to do with socks? Wear them?

10. Who is the toughest person you have to buy for this Christmas?

There isn’t really anyone who is tough to buy for. It’s more like, there are no original gifts left to buy so it just becomes the same things every year.

11. Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph?

Gotta go with my boy Rudy. He’s a resilient leader, who benefits from being at the front of the formation, so he never has to catch any foul wind coming his way.

Frosty the Snowman will turn to water by March.

12. Do you have to attend any Christmas/holiday parties this season?

Yes.

Nominations:

My om nom nominations are: Ely, Sarah, Laura, and Catherine, and whoever else wants to do it, whether it’s in a post or the comments below!

Your Questions Are:

1. What do you eat on Christmas?

2. Do you like wrapping presents?

3. Do the other reindeer feel slighted that they haven’t been asked to lead Santa’s sleigh yet?

4. What’s your favourite tree ornament?

5. What makes a good mall Santa?

6. Favourite Christmas movie?

7. Have you ever snooped around the house for your presents?

8. Is an inflatable snowman on the front lawn really necessary?

9. Do you like when your gifts come in bags?

10. If it doesn’t snow on Christmas, is it still Christmas?

11. Have you ever returned a present?

12. Alvin and the Chipmunks have made a lot of money off of their Christmas album. If you were to make a Christmas Album, what would your hit single be called?

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23 Responses to The Christmas Tag

  1. Meg says:

    That video has blessed me. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura says:

    So much of the fun!! Thanks for nominating me, Paul. I’m psyched to do this one.
    And I will never ever ever look at a real Christmas tree the same way again. Squirrel pee. Bless.

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  3. Woooooow there, Paul! Socks are awesome gifts haha!

    For some of your questions: I love wrapping presents! It’s so much fun! I’d much rather have a gift that has been wrapped than a gift in a bag. I love being a child and ripping gifts open! The inflatable snowman is not necessary. I’ve returned a few gifts.

    And the most important: my brother and I used to always snoop for gifts. We never found them until one year I did! I found ALL the gifts! We made a promise not to say but HE TOLD! And then I got in trouble for finding all the gifts.

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    • Paul says:

      I guess I wasn’t feeling the socks that year!

      Agreed, ripping presents open is the best. Some bags are tied together with ribbon and ribbon is the death of me. It just slows down the process lol

      What a betrayal! Wow! Classic sibling behaviour though, you should’ve beat him to the punch.

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      • Omg yes ribbons! I love to put a little bow on a package or tie a ribbon around one but on bags it’s like this life or death struggle with the ribbon!

        And I found the presents and told him so he wasn’t actually at fault for anything, other than tattling on me haha but still he was a poop head!

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  5. Authoress51 says:

    If it doesn’t snow on Christmas, is it still Christmas? – Yes! I live in the desert. I wish it would snow to have a good reason for the cold but the weather is not the reason for Christmas.
    And, I shop online and find tons of unique gifts people never knew they wanted or needed.

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    • Paul says:

      I guess we sometimes take the snow for granted here in Canada. Some years it’ll snow on every other day except Christmas, and the grass will be showing, and it just doesn’t feel right lol

      Like

  6. Becky Turner says:

    I get what you’re saying about the real tree, but that’s not something I think about when I’m wandering around the field with my parents for 20 minutes.

    I like getting socks for Christmas, because it means that I don’t have to go out and buy socks.

    Thanks for answering my questions! I’ll answer yours here.

    1. Lately we’ve been doing lasagna because it’s easy. We normally go to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Day, but we’re doing an early Christmas tomorrow there, so we’ll have lasagna. So we’re staying home on Christmas (my parents and I), and I think my mom is going to make a small ham.
    2. NO. See my latest post.
    3. Yes. I’m surprised they haven’t revolted yet.
    4. We have a group of three felt reindeers that are from Sweden. They were a gift from my mom’s aunt, and I always put them on the tree every year.
    5. One that I don’t have to be within 30 feet of. He falls into my mascot fear issue.
    6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Or White Christmas.
    7. No, because my parents used to hide them in the trunk of the car in our garage. Now they’re just downstairs and I think at age 24 my parents trust me not to snoop.
    8. YES. We have a blow up snowman and reindeer and we went to turn on the lights last week and the snowman wasn’t blowing up BECAUSE HIS CORD GOT CUT. Or chewed by a squirrel. So we had to order another one from Amazon.
    9. Not really. I like unwrapping them. (But I’m the person who puts gifts in bags because of the whole I hate wrapping thing.)
    10. Yes.
    11. Yes. I did two years ago because my mom bought me an olive-colored vest from Old Navy and I already had another one in the same color. So I returned it and got a navy one instead. She was aware of the return.
    12. What I Hate About Christmas. It would discuss my hatred of wrapping, shopping traffic, and mall Santas.

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    • Paul says:

      Honestly, I hadn’t thought about squirrels disrupting a real tree until I wrote this post. We’ve just always had a fake tree so I can’t picture anything else.

      1. We do lasagna too! We used to do cannelloni but that became too much work.
      5. “One that I don’t have to be within 30 feet of” Haha should’ve seen that coming
      6. I don’t even know what National Lampoon Christmas Vacation is. I’ve heard of it, but that’s all.
      8. HIS CORD GOT CUT. The same day I wrote this post, someone posted on Instagram a picture of their HUGE reindeer in the front yard. I felt like it was directed at me even though they don’t read my blog.

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      • Becky Turner says:

        YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION IS? It must be just an American thing. It’s a wicked funny Christmas movie. Google it.

        WELL after writing my comment, THE REINDEER WE HAVE ALSO HAD ITS CORD CUT. But upon further review, the cord looked like it was chewed, so it’s definitely a bunny or some wildlife. So the reindeer is in a sad heap on my porch. We didn’t order another one, so we just have the lonely snowman in my front yard. (If it is a bunny, I’m thinking it’s a relative of the bunny who kept digging holes in my backyard earlier this year. I think you named that #BunnyGate or something like that.)

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      • Paul says:

        I’ve seen it on TV sometimes but am always turned away by the title of it. Like what is a National Lampoon?

        #BunnyGate2.0! Or we can call this one #OhDeer. Maybe animals don’t think the inflatables are necessary, or they feel threatened by a larger animal on their turf.

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      • Becky Turner says:

        National Lampoon was a magazine back in the 1970s and they created movies/other things based off of it (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Lampoon_films). The only really popular movies are the Christmas one and the vacation one where they travel across the country to go to Wally World.

        I don’t think it’s fair though that we just had those two little ones on our lawn while other houses have like 20 on their lawn and they don’t seem to be having any issues. You’d think the animals would be more afraid of the lawn entirely covered in inflatables than my yard that had two little four foot inflatables.

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      • Paul says:

        TWENTY? There’s not enough air in the world to fill these things up.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Becky Turner says:

        Haha yeah, there’s one house on my way to work that has probably 20 on their lawn. I could only imagine their electricity bill at the end of the month. What’s funnier is that it’s across the street from a country club.

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  7. Sarah Warsi says:

    Lovely post and thank you so much for the shout out and nomination! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ely says:

    Hey!!! Thanks for the nomination!!! It’s Christmas already! So I don’t think posting at this point makes sense but I wanted to answer the questions at least! Also? MERRRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    1- Traditionally, we eat black beans, white rice, pork, salad and Cuban bread. However. Being as I have started a very serious lifestyle change towards my dreams of becoming a fully clothed bikini model who never models for anything or anyone, this year, I had a protein shake before leaving to the party and then I had some salad at the party which was torture, truly. Sigh.

    2- no. I’m basically a 6 month old with wrapping paper in my hands. I don’t understand it. I never have. I never will. Just leave me to the cake baking. I can rap though? I’m a rapper. Not a wrapper.

    3- nah. They cool. Rudolph takes all the risk. These guys are comfortable, just getting by and playing it safe. They prefer 9-5 jobs and steady paychecks. Predictability. Insurance. Rudolph lives on the edge. He’s an entrepreneur. The true Indiana Jones of the reindeer. Ya know?

    4- everyone in the family has their own, “original” ornament that’s been around forever and ever and it goes on every year. For me, it’s a Starbucks coffee cup. Go ahead, judge me. Lol.

    5- chubby. Legit white beard. Glasses. And a sweet sweet personality like a grandpa who loves all the kids. Also? One who refrains from asking moms to sit on his lap for the picture. Freaks.

    6- classically, ELF and Home Alone but I really really love The Polar Express. That movie just calms me.

    7- nah. Not since I was a kid at least. These days the adults just kind of say what they want and wait for it. I like being surprised though… who doesn’t?!

    8- absolutely not. They can be up to hundreds of dollars! But something to show the Christmas spirit is a plus.

    9- no! I want to go HAM on gift wrapping paper too, bro! A bag?! This was a last minute gift with zero thought or effort put into it. Pfffft.

    10- I live in Miami. Next question?! Lol.

    11- Nah. It’s not that serious. It’s about the thought. Unless it’s clothes and didn’t fit, then I would exchange it at least. But
    Don’t ever buy me clothes. You will fail.

    12- “Gimme my FA LA LA LA LATTE” lol man, this was a good one.

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    • Paul says:

      Merry Christmas Ely!! (Ignore that this is a day later)

      !. A protein shake and salad?? That is some serious bidness! You’ve got my support

      2. Ohh you just gave me an idea for you lol. What if you put a present in a ziplock bag and shove it into the middle of a cake and then when everyone’s eating the cake, they’re like “What’s this? A gift in a cake?” It could be a new trend!

      4. lol I think we have a Starbucks coffee cup on our tree too

      9. Same. I always have problems with bags because people tie the handles together with ribbon so then I try to force the gift through one side, but it’s always too big so then I have to cut the ribbon and it’s such a HASSLE

      12. I love it! Hahaha

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      • Ely says:

        And then I get sued when the one IDIOT eats a piece of ziplock in the cake because he or she wasn’t paying attention to what they were actually eating LOL!!! But I love the concept yes!

        Thanks for the dieting support,
        I’m gonna need it. I’m 6 days deep no Starbucks and a half written break up letter from announcing the end of
        Our relattetionship. Ha!

        Your description of struggling with gift bags is so incredibly accurate and relatable!!! It really does happen this way! Wow!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        Ok so there are some kinks to work out with the cake thing haha

        I believe in you! As the saying goes, “Better never than Latte”.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Ely says:

        🤣😂😂😂 I can’t with you.

        Liked by 1 person

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