Thursday, 9 December 2010

The Holiday Tag

I got tagged by Pepca at Beyond strange new words. Thank you!!! She found this tag post at Random Ramblings. If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged! I would, however, like to tag a few bloggers specifically. You can find your names at the end of this tag post.

1. When do you usually know and feel that it's finally the holidays?
In all honesty, only when we set up our own Christmas tree. THEN I begin to feel it's the holidays.

2. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Nothing in particular, just to have a good time with my family and to be happy.

3. Do you go all out with decorations?
Not really. We decorate a Christmas tree, put our Nativity Scene set underneath it and some lights on the living-room window.

4. What are you doing Christmas eve?
I pray by the Christmas tree with my family, then we have our traditional Christmas dinner. After dinner, I watch romantic or holiday movies until 11pm and then, we go to church to attend the Midnight Mass.

5. What are you doing Christmas day?
I spend time with my family. In the afternoon, relatives visit us or we visit them to wish each other a merry Christmas. Then, I read and watch TV - again, romantic and holiday movies.

5. It's Christmas time. What are you reading?
I avoid paranormal literature around Christmas because it doesn't feel Christmas-y.:) Other than that, my reading habits stay the same. I seem to have a preference for historical fiction during this time of the year. I do, however, re-read or at least partly re-read The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux every December.

6. Favorite movie to watch during the holidays?
I like several. Home Alone (1+2), Edward Scissorhands, The Holiday, You've Got Mail.

7. Favorite Christmas song?
I have two: Let It Snow by Dean Martin and Carol of the Bells.

8. Favorite holiday drink?
I don't have a favourite holiday drink. But warm milk with honey does feel good on a cold winter evening.

9. How is your Christmas shopping going?

Badly.:) I haven't started yet, but I never buy much, so there's still time for that. I already know what I want to buy for my family and some friends, so all I need to do is go to those stores and buy it. I make Christmas shopping fast. I really hate spending hours in a store.

10. If you could spend Christmas day anywhere else, where would you spend it?
Now, Christmas is a day I always like to spend at home, so I don't feel like being anywhere else on that day.

11. Any holiday traditions?
Prayer with family and attending the Midnight Mass.

12. Favorite thing about the Holidays?

The intimacy of the holiday. Well... commercialism has reduced this intimacy, but for me and my family, this is an exclusively family holiday and we spend it together. We all stay at home on the 24th, 25th and 26th of December. All our close relatives live very close to us, so we really don't have to go far.

Specific bloggers I'd like to tag are:
The Bookette
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Mary Simonsen
Bookalicious Ramblings
Eating Y.A. Books
Reading Without Restraint!


Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

Love your answers, and I definitely agree with number 12...commercialism has made Christmas into something completely different. It's too bad, eh? Merry almost Christmas! :D

Jo K said...

I guess we could almost answer questions for each other:)I don't like commercialism of Christmas and shopping either, that's why I do it late and as quickly as possible.

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I like your answer for 12 and am jealous that your family is all so close and spends that time together. Sadly most of my family lives far away so it will be just four of us at Christmas. Will try to fill this out later today!

Blodeuedd said...

Nice answers :) I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us

Julie P said...

Love your answers, Irena. Praying by the tree with family sounds really nice and is indeed a way to remember what this holiday really represents! I will get my post up soon....