Hello all, how are we all doing? I didn't get up until 830 this morning. I went to bed around 1130 last night. I guess my body decided to go into rest mode. Well I have had a lot going on and it's been a long time since I got that much sleep. Anyways let's get to the topic at hand.
Well we are nearing Christmas day. So today I will give it a Christmas feel by asking some Christmas questions. It's the theme I have seen in many articles so this is my attempt to fit right in with everyone else. If you feel like recycling these questions please do. Just mention me and link my article into yours. Well time for me to answer some questions.
Do you get Christmas shopping done early or late?
Sometimes I do get a head start on things. The absolute earliest I have been done was at the end of November. I often feel once November arrives I start thinking about it but time just goes by so fast for me and before I know it Christmas day is here, haha.
Do you allow early gift opening?
Well I'm a sucker for allowing early opening of gifts. I just like watching the joy on ones face as they open gifts. How early you may ask? Not as early as I buy but sometimes a day or two before Christmas day. Usually it's only just one gift because there has to be something for Christmas day, right?
What does your Christmas feast look like?
I'll admit I have two seperate occasions. My mom lives a few hours away and we don't always get to celebrate on Christmas day. This holiday season we won't get together until the 7th of January. On Christmas day this year I will be spending it at my brother in law's house. They do a breakfast theme which includes 2 egg casseroles (ham & sausage). It goes with coffee, juice, milk, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, English muffins, toast, bacon, and few other things I'm sure I'm forgetting.
My mother and sisters will be coming to visit me this holiday season. My side of the family does a ham themed dinner. It will probably be a simple feast which will also include mashed potatoes, creamed corn casserole, milk to drink, and probably Boston Creme pie for dessert.
What was your most memorable Christmas?
For me it was when I was in my childhood. I remember going to a mall where my mom entered our names days before for a Christmas drawing. They announced many winners and at the end they announced the grand prize winner. My name was called for the grand prize and I think back on it what a gift for not only me but for my parents. My mom often put her Christmas shopping on layaway which they hold your items and you make payments on them. Once there paid off you get the items. So I can imagine she was able to drop some of the items on layaway and save money.
Physical gift or cash or gift certificate?
I think it depends on who you are shopping for. In my opinion for young children it should be a physical gift. Sometimes when you just don't know what someone wants a gift certificate or cash may be a better choice. When I send out Christmas cards to relatives I include a gift certificate to them. Often it is to a favorite restaurant of theirs, this gives them something to do as a family. My 16 year old son only wants cash now. So we give him a combination of cash along with some stocking gifts.
What is your favorite part about Christmas?
I really like the idea of getting everyone together. I never expect anything and often tell others not to get me anything. I just believe it's more about Jesus Christ, family, and kids. Of course the grateful dinner is appreciated along with opening and watching everyone opening gifts.
Is it better to give than receive?
Well I think all of us go through the stages of being both a giver or receiver. In order for some to give it may dependent on our financial status but to truly give I think it has more to do with what's in our heart. It's never about receiving something big or expensive as it is for the caring thought of the person giving. Being thankful and saying nice words or showing gratitude is the best gift one can receive or give.
Do you feel the holidays last too long?
It is the season to be jolly and happy and it should last forever, right? Usually a few days after Christmas I just want to go into recovery mode. Usually the holidays come at a financial expense for us unfortunately. Entertaining and trying to do so much can be over whelming as well. I just think we have to also find time to relax during the holidays. I don't think it's too long, we just need to seperate the time and do something for ourselves as well.
I hope you enjoyed the questions and answers. Lets all enjoy the rest of the holiday season. Please find time for family and yourself. Take care and be safe. Love you all ❤️
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Advance Merry Christmas sir Bob! 🎉 How many days it's Christmas already. We're the same sir. My unforgettable Christmas is when I was still a kid. There were a lot of memories.