Part 1: Gifts
Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?
I love giving Don his gift. I literally spend from July up to Thanksgiving day thinking of the "perfect" gift for him. I love his reaction when he opens it. It always makes my heart melt!
If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making? (Post photos if you have some!)
I'm not making any gifts this year. About a week ago when I was watching my niece and nephew, I did make my niece a small purse for her to carry her Kleenex in. I forgot to take a picture of it. If she has it around this weekend, I will definitely take a pic.
Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received?
ha ha!! One year I spent two weekends in search of beautiful rocks, which I turned around and painted and gave as paper weights. C'mon, I was 8...
Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)
My mother-in-law is a scrapbooker/quilter/crafter extraordinaire, so this year I'm giving her a series of gifts that relate to scrapbooking (with the exception of the pajamas that we give her every year). Most of the gifts surround the Cricut that we bought.
Name one thing on your personal wish list.
If money were no object, I would really love a fancy lens for my new-ish camera. Either that or an actual organized space for my half of our office.
Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts?
No, I no longer have the time. Between work and personal life, I have maybe an hour out of the week and it takes me about an hour to plan those things. In the past, I used to make these really soft baby blankets for all of my friends who were expecting. And I always love giving gifts in jars!
Part 2: Traditions
What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
This isn't necessarily a tradition, but I loved waking up on Christmas day and all of us staying in our PJs waiting for mom to get the family Bible out so we could do the reading of the Christmas story before opening gifts. And inevitably, some of the gifts weren't wrapped, they had a tiny piece of newspaper covering the label of what the gift was. This was especially hilarious one year when we got a sleeping bag. The entire sleeping bag was exposed, but not the label! LOL!! Ahh...that was awesome.
Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up?
Don and I exchange our personal gifts to one another early. Then we do my side of the family's Christmas a week before actual Christmas. Then, we do my husband's side of the family during Christmas.
What do you love most about the holiday season?
I love the quiet time with family.
What do you like least about the holiday season?
Definitely the commercialism of it all and screaming kids demanding a really expensive gift and the parents giving in, but then they scoff at the Salvation Army bell ringers.
What is your favorite holiday food?
cookies or tamales
Do you have a great recipe to share?
Nah, not really. I just tend to make random things during this time of year.