When do you start decorating for Christmas?
The weekend after Thanksgiving. (i.e. Black Friday) They come down New Year’s Day! (or shortly thereafter)
Christmas attire, casual or dressy?
Depends on the event!
Best gift you ever received?
Oh man…I dunno! I got an iPod one year that was the bomb.
Worst gift you ever received?
A used pair of earrings.
Snow, love or hate?
I LOVE SNOW!
Favorite Christmas song? Least favorite?
Carol of the Bells is my favorite. I loathe “Santa Baby.” Yuck.
Best Christmas movie? Worst?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I don’t know if it’s the worst Christmas movie, but the cartoon Frosty the Snowman is really creepy.
Christmas tree, real or fake?
We haven’t had a real tree since I was probably 12 or 13. I wouldn’t even know how to take care of one! Plus, buying a pre-lit tree is pretty swell.
Do you have a favorite ornament?
Cameron and I get a new ornament every year. At my parents’ house, my favorite ornament is the one of Lt. Worf in the….ship whose name I cannot recall for the life of me. It’s right on the tip of my tongue. Anyway, when you press the button, Worf says, “I wish you a most honorable holiday. Kaplak.” Yeah, we’re Trek nerds.
My parents have a big to-do on Christmas Eve every year. Family and friends come over and we have snacks and drinks and my mom plays Santa and gives everyone a small gift. Usually after that party the family watches the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol.” On Christmas morning we open presents and then have breakfast, and then we have a big dinner later that day. Recently Cameron and I have started the tradition of watching “Forrest Gump” every Christmas Day after opening presents.
The easiest and hardest people to buy gifts for?
I actually kind of pride myself on coming up thoughtful gifts for people even if it’s not exactly what they “wanted.” But that’s what makes Christmas special, to me. I kind of hate it when people ask what you want and get you exactly that. I love surprises and surprising people by being thoughtful.
Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas?
Christmas. Usually we get a small gift on Christmas Eve from my mom, and if we have family over, presents from those family members will be opened that night since we might not see them the next morning.
Clear or colored lights?
White lights for the house. But I love putting colored lights on the tree.
Travel or stay home?
I’ve always preferred to be home on Christmas.
Themed or homey decorations?
Homey decorations with a motif! I, for example, have a reindeer motif along with all my other decorations.