1. What is your must-watch holiday movie?
The Muppet Christmas Carole! But I like watching pretty much any Christmas movie. I’m not big into Christmas music, but Christmas movies I love.
2. What is your must-do holiday activity?
Seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center has become a tradition over the past six or so years. Although it’s really really crowded! We are also continuing the tradition of hosting a holiday party, so that’s another must-do.
3. What’s your favorite holiday dish?
Erik and I have been making a butternut squash casserole for the past few years for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s delicious — it’s topped with vanilla wafers so it’s almost like a dessert — but we try to keep it special and we don’t make it a lot.
4. What’s your favorite holiday drink?
I’m pretty traditional: I love Starbucks’ Peppermint Mochas! Yummy!
5. Christmas cookies: store-bought, from scratch or neither?
Usually from scratch if I can. Sometimes I just make regular sugar cookies and then decorate them… nothing too fancy. But my grandmother has a great recipe for the Christmas crescent cookies that are delicious, so I sometimes make those too.
6. Which Christmas song do you have on repeat?
I don’t listen to a lot of Christmas music, but I adore The Trans-siberian Orchestra. I listen to their music in December and I feel so lucky I could see them in concert. Totally worth it if you can go!
7. When do you put up your Christmas tree?
We typically have put it up the first or second week of December. Not too early, but not too late either, so we have time to enjoy it. We usually leave it up until the weekend after the New Year.
Yep! It’s a ballerina that I got in Portland when I went to see the Nutcracker with my mom in college. I was taking ballet at the time, so it had particularly special meaning back then. Now I just think it’s a lovely and festive ornament. Definitely my favorite.
9. Where is Santa Claus coming to visit this year?
Christmas Eve will be here in New York and then on Christmas Day we are flying out to Minnesota to spend it with Erik’s mom. We’ll be there for over a week, so if you’re in the area, let me know!
10. What is on your holiday wish list?
A few little things mostly: some moccasin-type slippers, more work-out clothes (you can never have enough!), and a new Kindle cover since ours broke. My big item would be my own Garmin watch. We have a Timex watch that Erik and I share, but I don’t think it works that well and I’d really like to have my own. And of course, gift cards to my favorite stores like Lucky, Madewell, J. Crew and The Loft.
11. Open presents: Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I’ve done a little of both. Erik always opened them Christmas morning so we’ve adopted that as our family tradition. I think Christmas looks prettier at night, but when you’re married, you have to compromise!
12. Can you sing the entire “Twelve Days of Christmas” without missing a single item?
No. Not even close. I think I could get four or five of them, but I’m not sure I’d even match them with the right numbers.