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It’s Friday! I’ve successfully made it through an entire week at work after being crazy sick and whirlwind traveling. It’s time to celebrate. So for Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday this week we are offering snippets of thoughts on various holiday related topics.
My favorite Christmas song/album: Favorite album this year would have to be Michael Buble’s. Of all time… I’d have to go with Nat King Cole. Something about that voice.
My favorite seasonal recipe: I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Pie with Cool Whip topping. Not so classy but oh-so-good.
The perfect New Year’s Eve outfit includes: Glitter.
At the parties, I’ll be drinking: I’m a whiskey girl at heart, but I tend to stick with beer. Things are safer that way. Although when I was home my mom made us a pumpkin spice martini and that was delicious.
Eggnog, good or bad? BAD
Did you ever take pictures on Santa’s lap at the mall? Not that I remember. I would have been that kid crying on his lap totally petrified of the old man in the fake beard. Strangers and I did not mix when I was little – that whole shyness factor prevents memories like that.
Gingerbread Latte or Peppermint Mocha: Peppermint Mocha, despite the fact that I am not a huge chocolate fan.
Worst gift I ever got: a bike helmet. My grandma bought the whole family helmets one year after my dad suggested it was a good idea that we be safe. It was so uncool that we challenged him to wear one as well. After a few times out in the helmet he told us we didn’t need to wear ours either.
Best gift I ever received: Several years I asked for money instead of gifts to fund trips to Mexico and Italy. Those trips were among some of the best experiences of my life so the gifts rank pretty high up there.
My family has this weird tradition: Well, beyond the shot of Crown at every major family event, I can’t really think of one. Growing up we had this cool tradition of each getting three gifts from Santa because Jesus got three gifts from the Kings when he was born.
My best bargain find for a gift this year: My mom found me a new camera at some crazy black Friday sale! The camera was bundled with a 8GB memory stick, a case and a tripod and all for almost $100 cheaper than the best deal I’d found. Sweet! (And yes, she let me take it home and not wait for Christmas to have it.)
If I could only buy all my gifts from one place, I’d shop at: Is it bad to say Target? My family is such a wide range of ages and tastes that no one clothing store would cover all of them. But Target, boy it has everything you could need.
Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman: That’s a toss-up. I think I like the Frosty song better but the Rudolph movie better.
My favorite holiday memory: Too many to pick just one. But a recent favorite was at Thanksgiving a few years ago. I convinced all the cousins (there are about 35 of us) to play spoons. We cleared all the furniture from my cousin’s living room, broke out every spoon in the house and played in a huge circle. Needless to say there were bruises and cheating involved – but it was epically fun.
My favorite Christmas movie: Home Alone and White Christmas
The best part about holiday decorations is: walking alone on a crisp clear winter night through a street with trees covered in lights and windows decorated for the season. I love the glow and peace all those lights bring.
Rip off the wrapping paper or neatly pull off the tape: Rip it baby.
Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life: Miracle on 34th Street. I think it took on a whole different meaning and feel after living in New York and actually experiencing Macy’s and the parade.
It doesn’t feel like the holiday season until: Christmas songs are on a steady repeat.
All I want for Christmas is: Joy. Is that cheesy? Yeah, probably. But really, all I want is that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from celebrating Christmas as it is meant to be celebrated. Forget Santa and the trimmings, if needed. Family, friends, faith – that’s what Christmas is about.
I’d love to hear your favorite Holiday memory or try out your favorite recipe. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!