Jillian at Random Ramblings came up with this great idea about The Holiday Tag. You just copy and paste the questions and answer them yourself. Then post it somewhere, be it on your blog, as a comment, …, do whatever you like. Don’t forget to mention who tagged you, and of course, try to tag other people also. I hope Jillian doesn't mind me resembling her as far as the tagging is concerned: if you are reading this, consider yourself to be tagged. I will tag some bloggers specifically down below.
1. When do you usually know and feel that it's finally the holidays?
When we get snowed in (for a few hours, not for too long:)), it’s freezing outside, the houses glitter in Christmas lights – that’s Christmas, all right.
2. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Some peace and quiet and a lot of time for writing. How immaterial of me, isn’t it?
3. Do you go all out with decorations?
We have a Christmas tree and we set up a Nativity Scene as it is customary in my country.
4. What are you doing Christmas eve?
My mom and I (it’s just the two of us) have our own traditional Christmas dinner with sauerkraut and sausages. Then we bless our home with holy water and incense and we pray the entire rosary. It’s a great Catholic tradition in my country and although fewer and fewer people stick to it, because they think it’s old fashioned, I like it a lot. It makes my Christmas even more joyful. Then, of course, I go to Midnight Mass and participate singing in the church choir.
5. What are you doing Christmas day?
After the Morning Mass, I usually just spend time with my mom, doing nothing, eating, watching TV, listening to Christmas music,…
5. It's Christmas time. What are you reading?
That’s easy. Tolkien, particularly The Lord of the Rings. It’s my usual re-reading (I lost the count at 6th) in those long winter nights.
6. Favorite movie to watch during the holidays?
There are more then one: While You Were Sleeping, Joyeux Noel, Love Actually, The Santa Clause and all Home Alone movies.
7. Favorite Christmas song?
I really can’t think of just one, there are too many.
8. Favorite holiday drink?
Apple compote: we cook apple slices in water with sugar, cinnamon and cloves. It's delicious, refreshing and smells divine.
9. How is your Christmas shopping going?
I haven’t started yet. I am more of the last minute inspiration Christmas shopper, so I still have time.
10. If you could spend Christmas day anywhere else, where would you spend it?
Somewhere in the Alps in a cottage with a fireplace and a lot of snow all around.
11. Any holiday traditions?
I like to attend the Christmas Novena evening Mass from 16th to 24th December.
12. Favorite thing about the Holidays?
Everything, but especially the feeling that time passes a bit more slowly than usually.
If you read this, you are tagged, but in particularly I tag:
Irena at This Miss Loves to Read
Cristina at Once Upon a Time.
I’ll wish happy holidays to everyone later again, but for the early starters: have fun and enjoy!