Virtual Advent Tour: Christmas Fire Questions

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First of all I’d like to thank Sprite for including me in this year’s Virtual Advent Tour! The participants’ posts are all so interesting and reading them is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

While thinking about what to write about, I stumbled upon The Christmas Fire Questions.  Thank you so much to In A Messy World  for sharing these delightful Christmas Fire Questions  and allowing me to use them.

As the countdown to Christmas Day picks up, I am becoming more and more excited, almost as though I’m a little girl again.  Shopping is pretty much done and I’m pretending I don’t have the resultant mountain of wrapping still to do.  These questions were a great way to share my Christmas spirit and procrastinate on the wrapping front.  This isn’t a tag but please do feel free to answer the questions and link back. 


Favourite thing about Christmas?

 There’s a feeling of excitement in the air. Most people are engaged in Christmas preparations and it’s easy to chat about that, even with perfect strangers.  The weather is cooler and Christmas-light-walks are enchanting. Oh, and the food!  😀


Christmas theme cookies


A typical Christmas day at your home?

 It’s a full day.  The little ones wake up as early as possible to see what treats Santa brought.  After going through the loot, we have a quick breakfast and shuffle off to morning mass (thankfully it’s right up our street).  Back home to put the finishing touches on brunch, which we then take over to my mother-in-law’s house.  My husband is the youngest of six so brunch is a busy affair, which culminates in the gift exchange among the little cousins and aunts and uncles. Then we head off to my grandmother’s house for a late lunch with my father’s family.  The final stop of the day is my parents’ house for drinks and to do another gift exchange with my two siblings.  We might sometimes fit in an extra aunt or cousin visit along the way!  As I said, it’s a full day but I love it.



How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

I love a Christmas Tree, especially a nice hulking one decorated to the hilt.  Unfortunately, we’ve had crazy busy schedules in December the last few years and limited living room space thanks to the playpen and other infant paraphernalia. Our compromise has been a small tree and table top display. My eldest has pointed out that as the baby will soon be out of his playpen, we have space for a big tree next year!  Decorations used to be what my husband and I picked out but now also include the children’s crafts.



Hot or cold Christmas?

I’ve enjoyed cold Christmases in the past, but as most of my family lives where it’s warm… I’d say hot.  Having my family around makes it Christmas more than the temperature.



When do you open the presents?

Throughout the day as we make our way through all the family visits.

Christmas present boxes

Your favourite Christmas song?

So many!!!

Some top ones would be Hark the Herald Angels, Joy to the World, Frosty the Snowman and the Loreena McKennitt version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.



One place that is not home where you would like to spend Christmas at?

I love being at home and actually can’t think of anywhere else I’d like to be.



One film to watch during the Christmas countdown?

Love Actually

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How is your advent calendar?

I wouldn’t say it’s mine…. But it’s the one we’ve got up. My boys change the day as soon as they wake up every morning.


A colour that represents Christmas for you?

Red.  Red and Green or Red and Gold. White and Silver also make me feel Christmassy.



What about you?  What are some of your favourite things about Christmas?


22 thoughts on “Virtual Advent Tour: Christmas Fire Questions

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  1. This is a fun post. I’m Kathy b. I live in Wisconsin now. I used to live in chicago. When my mom was alive going to her house for Christmas dinner or having it at our Chicago house was the final part of Christmas. In our old town there was a long lane where all the neighbors put out luminarias on sundown Christmas eve. This is only our second Christmas here so we are looking for a new EVE tradition. The fact that we will be together at Christmas is gift enough. We have a hot tub here so maybe a EVE hot tub is the thing to do ! We pray together and we are thankful . Oh we watch MUPPET CHRISTMAS Carol usually.

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    1. Hi Kathy. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your story. Traditions have to start at some point and nothing like a new location to create one. Plus, the hot tub sounds divine! 😄
      I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!


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  3. Thank you so much for taking part in the Virtual Advent Tour! I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions and seeing your tree. I think family crafting ornaments makes a tree so much more personal (which may be why I reclaimed some of my elementary-school crafts when I moved away from home).

    We spend Christmas with my folks, in the Connecticut, where I grew up, so I consider that home. I wouldn’t want to spend Christmas in D.C. far away from everyone else. (But while I may have a lot of traveling to do to get to Christmas, it sounds like you have a lot of traveling to do on Christmas! I got tired just reading about all your stops!)

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks very much for having me. I’ve been enjoying the tour stops and was very happy to participate.
      It is a day with a fair amount of driving but thankfully the longest drive is only about 40 mins.
      I’m sure your elementary school crafts make your tree all the more special to look at 😊


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