Christmas Tag

The amazing Lisa (whom I call Pickle) at https://godsdaugter4ever.wordpress.com/ tagged me for this.  She’s one of my dear, dear friends and I’m super excited that I am a chosen one.

There are, however, rules:

-Post picture on your blog

-Answer the questions

-Tag up to twelve bloggers

-Make ten new questions for those that have been tagged

So I made a picture:

And I am answering questions:

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Probably O Holy Night.  I also love Away in a Manger.  I sing the former almost every year — just performed at the Native American branch today.  Whew — there are reasons why one practices beforehand.  I’d asked my mom where the sheetmusic was a few days ago, but she misunderstood and thought it wasn’t where it should be, therefore was lost.  So I studied the thing on the way and completely missed the A-flat.  I knew I should have stuck with the F….  And I did a few descants written into the music, but I’m not a coloratura so things went a little skeewompus.  But it’s still my favorite Christmas song.  I love the songs praising Jesus.  They make me happy.  And if you haven’t heard Placido Domingo sing O Holy Night yet, look it up.  The man is my idol.  Another favorite is Caro Gesu Bambino.  It’s so, so beautiful.  It’s a child’s song to baby Jesus.  Andrea Bocelli sings it and my mom is overjoyed to have the sheetmusic.  She wanted it so badly that she paid five bucks for two pages!  The song is that good.

Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family?

Heck, yes!  We do Secret Santa every year, and I am very pleased with what I got my sister….  Hehe….  And this is the first Christmas that I’ve had a job, so I had money to actually buy things for people this year.  It was so exciting!

Do you buy the gifts or go the homemade route?

I don’t do homemade.  I’m lame, lazy, and an expert procrastinator.  I’ll fork out way more money than I probably should — hence the thirty-dollar piece of jewelry for my blasted sibling that I apparently love too much — because popsicle-stick figures don’t make good Christmas presents.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Yes!  I grew up in Nevada, where it often snows a good amount during the winter.  I don’t think we’ll have one this year, however.  It rains more where I live now, which I think my mom loves!

Any relatives coming?

My abuelo and abuela — why is SpellCheck telling me I misspelled their names? — are coming on the twenty-eighth.  They live pretty far away, so I’m super excited to see them again.  I think we’ll be driving the next town or two over to spend Christmas evening with my grandma, too!  If we had the money, we’d all go down to visit the Westmorelands back East.  But we’re all broke.

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Five extra hours in a day.  And Richard Armitage in my stocking.

What’s your favorite holiday beverage?

Same as it always is.  Hot chocolate.  But we have some beautiful caramel-flavored whipped cream from Thanksgiving, so I’ve been squirting it liberally atop my drink.

Any special reason for looking forward to Christmas this year?

Spending time with family is always amazing, and the best present I could ever have.  Get me nothing, no food, coals in my bed, as long as I have my family I’m set.  The hard thing is that this is the first year since I’ve had them that my older sisters and nephew won’t be here.  I’m trying not to complain, but it’s been really hard.  It’s going to be difficult on Christmas without them.

How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Clause?

Eight.  My sister figured it out, so my mom told me.  I was fine with that, but I then realized that the Tooth Fairy wasn’t real.  Santa is disposable, but the vision of elfin loveliness that was my Tooth Fairy was quite a loss!  But my mom’s gorgeous, so she makes a good Tooth Fairy.

What does Christmas mean to you?

A lot of it is spending time with family.  But when I get up in the morning, I always say my prayer before a single gift is unwrapped.  I thank my Heavenly Father for the gift of His Son, and I like to invite Them to spend Christmas with us.  Because:

"To catch the real meaning of the spirit of Christmas, we need only drop the last syllable and it becomes Christ." – President Thomas S. Monson

Seeing as I, unfortunately, don’t know very many of you, I would like all that see this to consider themselves tagged.  Enjoy your spotlight — man, do you deserve it!

All right, questions:

Do you have any special plans this holiday season?

What special traditions does your family have?

Do you do Secret Santa?

What is the gift you are proudest of giving?

What’s your favorite part of Christmas?

How early do you get up on Christmas?

Do you put your presents away immediately or let them sit and remind you of how great Christmas was?

Do you have an angel or a star on your tree?  Is there a particular reason?  Which is your favorite?

If there was one thing you could do to make this Christmas special, what would it be?  You can let your imagination roam if you want.  Christmas at Hogwarts would be nice, after all.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Cheers!

Ana

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