A Christmas Tag

Sarah over at Our Journey included me in a Christmas tag, and I couldn't say no. There is so much the celebrate and be thankful during this season, and it's fun to see how others enjoy this time of year.

Here's how we celebrate...

1.) What makes Christmas such a special holiday for you and your family?
Family is what makes Christmas so special. From playing games, to making doughnuts, to going to Mass, to eating many a meals together, to simply lounging around watching bowl games... I love that we are all together to continue traditions that make this time of year so magical.
My monkey's Christmas monkey!
2. Were you told the truth about Santa Clause by your parents, or did you find out another way? Do you plan on telling your kids about Santa (if you have them or plan to have them)?
I don't remember... I don't think my parents ever actually told me, I'm pretty sure I found out at school. But, I do remember confronting my parents and they simply told me, "If you don't believe you won't have anything in your stocking on Christmas morning." That said, I believe in the Spirit of Santa, and that this time of year is about giving... Not necessarily with gifts, but giving with your time, talents, and heart.
Santa will visit Marcus. However, I want him to understand the meaning behind St. Nicholas. And, I will also stress that this time of year is about the birth of Christ, and that is the greatest gift of all.

3.) Real tree or fake tree?
Growing up I remember having a few real trees. As my brother and I got older our parents got a fake one. I'm sure the upkeep was easier. 
Now we have a fake tree. But, I'm begging Scott for a real tree... Someday.
4. Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas Eve, or both?
Growing up we always opened gifts from our parents of Christmas Eve (a tradition we have continued). We reserved Christmas morning for gifts from Santa, and spent the rest of the day enjoying time as a family.
5. What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch, and favorite Christmas song to sing or listen to?
No holiday season is complete without watching A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation at least a half a dozen times.
Go Tell it on the Mountain, Gloria, and The First Noel, or any Christmas music by Trans Siberian Orchestra or Mannheim Steamroller, cannot be sung or heard enough.
 Now, this wouldn't be a true Christmas tag if, well, people weren't tagged.
Here are the five bloggers I'm encouraging to tell their Christmas stories:

Alisa - Chantilly Lace and a Pretty Face
Ann - Hot Coffee Momma
Ashley - Keeping Up With the Clarks
Shawna - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Tamara - (aspiring) Domestic Goddess

Ladies, if you participate please leave your link in the comments section so I'm sure to see what your holidays are like! And, head over to Raising Reagan and leave your link there as well, Lanaya started the tag and would like to see your responses as well.


  1. Those pictures are priceless! Your little monkey is SO cute!
    Thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with me and others :)


  2. love the pics! thanks for sharing!

  3. Aww, your little man is the cutest! :) Love his hat.

    Thanks for visiting from Super Sunday Sync, I'm returning the follow.

    Also, I couldn't respond to your comment on my blog because you're set as no-reply. :( If you edit your profile to include your email address, then people can respond directly to you. :)

    Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  4. How fun! I will have to do this tomorrow---thanks for tagging me!

    And seriously, that is the coolest holiday sock monkey :-)

  5. Love that last shot, thanks for tagging me.

    Here's my link http://hotcoffeemama.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-tag-how-i-celebrate-christmas.html