Hi everyone! I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas, it’s craaaaaaaazy! I am so excited for the big day, of course, but also to finally be free of school. I have one more final tomorrow afternoon and then I’m home free–literally! College is super awesome because they give you a month off. Honestly, that’s all I really want for Christmas, but some presents are a nice bonus 😉
Because I’m obviously in the Christmas spirit, I decided to share a few things from my life lately that are somewhat holiday-related. First up is (part of) a survey, from Alexandra and Tara. I love doing surveys and a Christmas one is even better! I kinda shortened it so this post wouldn’t be quite as monstrous. I also was awarded the Versatile Blogger award by Lindsay, which was super sweet of her, and since I’m doing this survey, it kinda counts as my seven random facts, right? Either that or I’m just too lazy to come up with seven more things about me 😀
1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
I’m gonna go with eggnog, but I like the Silk Nog, not the regular way-too-sweet-and-rich stuff. The Nog is so good without being too much.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
He definitely wraps them, but his handwriting and wrapping paper is different, so you can tell who it’s from 😉
3. Colored or white lights on the tree/house?
In a perfect world, I would have pink lights on everything! But I think white looks so classy and wintery on houses.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Ermmmm, no. I always think it’s super awkward if there is mistletoe for some reason.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving. We like to have them up early, and don’t take them down until sometime in January!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (besides dessert)?
Gosh, I was totally going to say a dessert since that’s the best part! We don’t always have the same thing, but I remember last year we had chili lime pasta with grilled shrimp and it was sooooo good!
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
My dad used to always read short Christmas stories to us on Christmas Eve right before we’d go to bed–I used to fall asleep though!
8. What’s on your Christmas wishlist?
Lots of clothes, because I’m a total shopaholic and also a vegan cookbook.
9. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve?
Nope, never! We always save them til Christmas morning and we try not to rush through opening them. We open stockings first, then have breakfast and get dressed and then finally open presents. When I was little, I always just wanted to open all my presents right away!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
The one in my dorm is tiny, but it has ornaments that match my bedding–so it’s pink, red, purple and orange! The one in my bedroom at home has blue lights and aqua and silver and green ornaments and the main tree has a ton of random ornaments that we put up every year. My favorite one is a mini book about Humpty Dumpty–don’t ask 😉
11. Snow–love it or dread it?
I always love the first snow because it’s so beautiful, but I hate when it sticks around and gets all dirty. I also love snow on Christmas, but it rarely happens here. We almost always get snow on Easter in Colorado, though, which is super bizarre!
12. Real tree or fake tree?
We’ve never had a real tree because my mom has allergy issues with plants, but I think our fake one looks just fine! Plus we can reuse it year after year!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I got a doll house when I was like 3 or 4 and I was soooooo excited about it! I loved playing with it for years afterwards.
14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas to you?
Being with my amazing family and remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season (so cheesy, I know, but true!)
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Peppermint bark! I’m on a mission to veganize it this year, so check back for a recipe hopefully soon! I’m also kinda in love with the festive garland bars I made over Thanksgiving break, so those are a definite must-make-again.
I think I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I got some free goodies from iHerb just for reviewing their products on my blog! How nice of them! I just got the package the other day and I swear I thought it was Christmas morning, I was so excited to rip into it!
They sent me an Earnest Eats baked whole food bar in choco peanut butter, a jar of Artisana walnut butter with cashews and a 15-pack variety bag of organic lollipops! If that isn’t a great package I don’t know what is! The great part about all these products is that they’re completely vegan (even the lollipops) and have awesome ingredients. So far, I’ve only tried the walnut butter, which is subtle but sweet and nutty. I love having a new nut butter to add to my growing collection, which now includes crunchy almond butter, almond peanut cashew butter and homemade coffee maple pecan butter! I’ll let you guys know what I think of the other two products once I try them out. Thanks again so much, iHerb!
And finally, another early Christmas “present”…my last sweet potato! You can bet I savored this bad boy–topped with vegan chocolate chips and peanut flour paste. Chocolate chips sound like a weird topping, but trust me, it was sooooo good, since they got all melty on top of the hot potato!
What was your favorite gift ever? How do you top your sweet potato?