Not a lot has been going on in the Zeman household these past few weeks. Well, besides working, Christmas shopping, and preparing for the holidays!
I found this fun little survey on another blog I follow, and thought it would be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit :)
1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
I am a hot chocolate girl, but Nick has told me that he HAS to have eggnog on Christmas morning, so my views may change.
2. Colored or white lights on tree/house?
I prefer white lights on houses. It looks so classy to me! This year on our tree we put up colored lights, but I think we may switch to white next year.
3. When do you hang decorations up?
Seeing as this was our first year decorating our place, we were a little excited and started the day after Thanksgiving.
4. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Can’t really think of one in particular, but my fondest memories are those waking up super early in Wisconsin at my Grandma’s house with cousins, and rushing downstairs to open presents. Our stockings were hung on the backs of chairs since my grandparents didn’t have a fireplace :) And huge family get togethers on Christmas Day.
5. What is on your Christmas wish list?
While usually I have a very detailed wish list and end up knowing exactly what I am getting each year, I am looking forward to actually being surprised this year! The only specific thing I asked for was gift card to Lululemon for some sweet workout gear (since I can’t really afford it on my own :))
6. When do you open gifts?
My family always opened gifts from each other on Christmas Eve, since we are usually in Wisconsin and have a giant gift exchange with cousins on Christmas Day. This year we are staying in Colorado ( I have 2 families now!) so Nick and are opening presents from each other Christmas Eve morning, then the Zeman side on Christmas Eve night, and Schofield side on Christmas Day. Lots of celebrations this year!
7. Real or fake tree?
I grew up having a fake tree. One year my family tried a real, but Mom didn’t really like the mess it made and the up-keep required. Nick always grew up with a real, so that’s how we’re rolling at our house.
8. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Remembering what CHRISTmas is all about. The birth of our Lord and Savior. Even thinking about the amazing Christmas story, how God picked a “regular” couple to give birth to the world’s Redeemer, gives me goosebumps and brings me to tears. I am really trying not to get wrapped up in the materialistic aspect of the holiday and focus on the reason for the season.
9. What is your favorite tradition?
As I mentioned before, I loved spending Christmases in Wisconsin surrounded by over 40 members of my extended family. I also love Christmas Eve church services. There is something so magical about Christmas Eve! Nick and I are excited to start our own traditions as a couple and eventually as a family.
10. Do you prefer giving or receiving?
Growing up I preferred receiving (who didn’t?) but as I get older, I really do love giving. Being able to bless others and try to find the perfect gift is so fun!
11. Favorite Christmas song?
Oh, tough question. I love all Christmas music! But some of my faves are “The Christmas Song”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, and a classic- “O Holy Night”. (Ones I Hate- cheesy songs like “I Saw Mommy Kissing Sant Claus” and “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. ANNOYING.)
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Another multiple answer. Top Favorites: Elf, Christmas Vacation (A Zeman tradition)”, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, and Four Christmases.