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Answer the questions; think Winter-y thoughts! Include pictures, if you like.
Tag at least 3 other bloggers, or more if you're feeling ambitious. :)
1. Name a few things you love about Winter and a few things you don't love so much about it.
I love snow and the absence of hot temperatures. I love Christmas and my daughter's birthday and my husband's birthday. I love a nice fire in the fireplace. I love hot chocolate (though, truth be told, I drink it all year 'round).
I don't love living in a place where we don't get much snow. I don't love icy roads.
2. When you were a child, did you "believe" in Santa Claus?
Why is "believe" in quotation marks? As a kid, I literally believed in Santa's existence. As an adult, I fiercely insist upon it.
3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?
I really only watch White Christmas (1954) in the winter.
4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as a tradition?
Alas, no. I kind of cycle through a bunch of them, watching ones that I haven't seen for a while or am just in the mood for at the moment. Which ones? These ones!
5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who's in charge of decorating it at your house?
We have had fake trees all of our married life. Now that our youngest is 6, though, and not liable to pull the tree over... and now that our current fake tree is getting really wobbly... we might just get a real tree next year. I love real trees.
As for who is in charge of decorating it? I am, naturally! I hand out the ornaments to the kids, and they hang them where they please. I do the lights and garland first, though. Otherwise, we descend into madness.
6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?
Since moving here in 2011, we have been hosting Christmas Day festivities at our house after church. However! My brother and his family bought a house this year, and so they have the honor of hosting us this time instead.
7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?
Well, Cowboy always has New Year's Day off, so we usually watch a movie. Sometimes we stay up until midnight, sometimes we don't. Now, back when we both worked third shift, we were ALWAYS up to ring in the New Year, which amused us greatly.
8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?
We do get a bit of snow sometimes! In fact, all of the pictures in this post are from earlier this month. (Some are of snow in my back yard, and some are of Christmas decorations at Colonial Williamsburg.) I'm always excited if there's enough snow for us to build a good-sized snowman with the kids, but I don't think we've ever named him Olaf.
Last week, my son Sam made a tiny snow mouse face and put it on top of our wind chime. Because he's cute.
9. If it's snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book?
I love to play in the snow! But I also love to read books while it's snowing. Ideally, I would choose both. And I miss living in a snow-filled world where I didn't have to choose one or the other, but could do both.
10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?
Usually in February. I get creatively stagnant as winter progresses, and I start to long for the changes of spring that will reawaken my hibernating creativity.
I wasn't tagged with this, so I'm not going to tag anyone. If you feel like doing a Christmasy tag, go for it!