Because the mama needs some adult conversation. And free money is good.

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I thought we’d have a little conversation today.

Hello? Anyone?

Well anyway. I thought it’d be fun to hear how others celebrate Christmas. So here are a few questions. Leave a comment (on the blog or facebook) and comment on other people’s comments and comment on other’s people’s comment comments and so forth.  And just plain “yes” and “no” answers are not allowed. Because I’m mean like that.

1. Do you do an Advent Calendar? If so how do you do it?

2. Does Santa visit your house? Why or why not?

3. Do you have any special traditions for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

4. How do you teach your kids about giving and not just getting at Christmas?

5. If you have a spouse, do you exchange gifts?  If so, what are you hoping to receive this year?

(Go ahead. Email this link to your spouse. It’s ok.)

6. Do you have a worst Christmas memory? A best Christmas memory?

7. Do you put up Christmas decorations? If so, do you have a theme?

8. Are you done shopping?

And just because I love ya, this post is also a giveaway! For every question you answer and for every comment you leave on someone else’s answer I’ll put your name in for a $25 Target gift card.  I’ll draw a name on Friday at noon cst and get it in the mail to you right away because I’m sure I’m not the only one to say NO to #8!

It’s been nice talking to you today!


17 thoughts on “Because the mama needs some adult conversation. And free money is good.

    hollysax said:
    December 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Is it fair that I go first? No. There is no one else to comment on. Therefore- I think I win. I vote this giveaway ends right around 9:30am. Perfect.
    1. no, no advent calendar.
    2. no. no santa. Because we don’t have a chimney and I don’t think his giant belly will fit through our little heat vents, or through our narrow windows for that matter. So we send Santa to our parent’s houses. Warning- Santa may knock your tree over or something trying to drag in presents for everyone. I heard he has become a little wobbly in his late age.
    3. no. at least not just us two. last year was our first christmas…so I think we get at least 5 years to build some traditions. last year we ate supper by the tree, read the christmas story, then opened gifts. it was sweet and simple.
    4. well…to teach my child about giving. i give him food. and when he doesn’t get food he smiles at me, because that is his way of asking for food. so he gives me joy and i give him food. my child is a fish. and i promise i am not trying to kill him.
    5. you bet we exchange gifts! i love christmas. i love having an excuse to buy my man fun little things. and what am i hoping to get? no clue. my closet can always use more lovin’. but my man is quite unique and doesn’t want to buy exactly what I ask for because that is “not fun”. silly man. as a result, I have made a ‘wish list’ board on pinterest–its full of christmas ideas and then i won’t know what I am getting at all!
    6. worst christmas memory: mmmm. nope. doesn’t exist. christmas rocks. best christmas memory: mmm crab legs. crab legs. crab legs. holding my little baby sister in front of the giant christmas tree at the christmas eve service at church when she first came home. my hubby getting snowed in for christmas with me right after we got engaged.
    7. christmas decorations— you bet! unfortunately because i have 3.4 minutes to decorate (you seem to like that number missy) the extent of our decorations stops shortly past a tree. our theme– red, white, vintage, homemade. its awesome.
    8. done shopping. HA! and i can guarantee that gift card won’t go to christmas presents! =P maybe food for a party. or a new sweater. or a bag. i’ll buy myself another christmas present.

    do i get an extra entry to the drawing for being first?!?! pretty pleaseeeee!? i’ll give you a back rub at christmas! =D

      Missy responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 9:24 am

      You are a rock star. And so weird. HA! I love your comment about your child. So stinkin’ funny. And I suppose I should start pricing out crab legs. Don’t want to mess with tradition! 🙂

    hollysax said:
    December 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

    boom. holly equals winner. =D

    Angie Roth said:
    December 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

    1. We have an advent calendar wtih stickers this year. Each day the girls take turns sticking them in the right spot. I wish we had the kind with candy for each day! 🙂 Love how the Christmas story unfolds through these calendars.

    2. Santa does not visit our house. We try to make Christmas more about Jesus and less about Santa. Trust me, they get enough Santa in the media, etc. 🙂

    3. My favorite tradition is on Christmas Eve. We attend our church’s Christmas Eve Service in our lovely outfits. Then, Before bed, my husband reads “The Night Before Christ” and then we let the girls open one gift – matching pjs! 🙂

    4. this can be tough, since it is hard for them not to focus on themselves. We do Operation Christmas Child each year, which they love. We also try to do other acitivites in the community – like the Run for Food at the Banquet on Thanksgiving day. We hope to find more around Christmas. We also let them be a part of what we are getting for others, by having them help us shop, letting them in on the secrets, or wrapping presents with them. This is something we need to continue to work on each year (and throughout the year!).

    5. We do b/c we don’t want the kids to think it’s all about them. 🙂 What am I hoping to recieve? Well….I may have picked out (and wrapped) a present or 2 for myself already. 😉 Surprises are fun, but I am very practical!

    8. No, I am not done shopping! But I am getting there. Too bad the most difficult ones are left! 🙂

    PS I love Target. 😉

      Missy responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

      LOVE the idea of pj’s on Christmas Eve! That’s great! And I think we need to revisit our Advent Calendar, especially when I work some nights. Ours is a little too intense some nights. Stickers (and candy) sound great!

        hollysax said:
        December 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

        oh!! remember Caleb’s first Christmas?! they had matching stripped pajamas!! one pink and one blue. they were so cute then. =D

      Emily A said:
      December 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      I think I am going to buy that book “The Night Before Christ.” Sounds like a good one for Christmas Eve!!

    Samantha Sehr said:
    December 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    1. YES! Last year we had a little ornament with part of the Christmas story each day. This year we are using the One Year Bible Devotions for Preschoolers and a chocolate advent calendar. I think it’s a great way to count down to Christmas for little ones, especially when they see all those wrapped presents sitting there!
    2. So far Moriah has gotten a stocking with small gifts each year, but we don’t tell her the “Santa story.” When she’s older we’ll tell her about the real St. Nick, but we’ve played Santa as a pretend character so far and she knows the gifts are from us. I think having stockings each year is fun.
    3. My family started celebrating the 12 days of Christmas (first day is the 25th) at least 10-12 years ago when my parents got tired of all the hoopla leading up to Christmas, then a big let down on the 26th. We draw names in our family and each get a small gift (under $5, usually $1-2) each day. It is nice to be able to celebrate AFTER the secular holiday- we leave our decorations up the full 12 days!
    4. I agree with Erika on the Operation Christmas Child boxes being a great way to teach about giving. Moriah is only barely 3, so more will be done as she gets older. There are so many opportunities to give around the holidays it is pretty easy to find something.
    5. Yes, although more than half the time I already know what it is. This year I want an iPhone, Michael W. Smith’s new instrumental CD and a rice cooker!
    6. I hate to say this, but the worst Christmas I’ve ever had was a few years ago, when we were away from family and my father-in-law was the only one who visited. No offense to him, but he is not a Christmas-y person and it was awful. It didn’t even seem like Christmas. I have so many good memories of Christmas with my immediate and extended family that I couldn’t name just one favorite!
    7. I love decorating for Christmas! I am very OCD about lights, but I manage to get some up to my satisfaction every year. I am a big fan of Christmas trees with ornaments that each have a story or memory- no need for color coordination! I have so many from my childhood that remind me of something or someone and I am trying to start a collection for Moriah already.
    8. Pretty much! Even with my 12 days of Christmas gifts! I have a couple of things left, but I know what I’m getting, so it should be pretty easy.

      Missy responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

      I LOVE your 12 days of Christmas. What a great idea! Rice cooker has been on my list for a few years. Perhaps I should be a little more specific to my hubby! 🙂

      Missy responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      btw Sam, so good “talking” with ya! 🙂 We miss you!

    Emily A said:
    December 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Not sure I should be taking time to reply, but who cares! 🙂
    1. We have an advent thing we got at Crossroads a couple of years ago. It’s like a tapestry kind of thing with pockets at the bottom. Each pocket has a character or item with velcro on the back to put up on the manger scene. It’s hard to describe. But we just take turns putting one item up every day. That’s about the extent of it. We do have a couple Christmas books that we’ve been reading almost everynight.
    2. Isaac started noticing Santa a lot this year. And asking lots of great questions. Like does “Santa know all our names” and “Won’t Santa run out of presents” and stuff like that. So Jeremy and I have finally had to talk about how to handle that. We’ve decided not to do Santa. Yesterday, when he was asking about it, I talked to Isaac about what Santa really is. Not sure he really got it. We grew up with Santa and he still visits my parents house, so it’ll still be around. And I know a lot of people do Santa and I’m cool with that. But I knew I couldn’t lie to him when he was asking such direct questions.
    3. Christmas Eve we always go to my parents. Christmas Day we try to reserve just for our little family of 4. Which is nice. The last two years, I havn’t really had any special plans for that day, and we ended up going out to try to find someplace to eat supper (Chinese buffet anyone? ) :). This year, I’m going to try to be a little more intentional about making a nice meal and making it special for my family.
    5. still working on this. I think it’s hard when they are young. And I’m sure it’s still hard as they get older. We do OCC boxes. And we are delivering food for the Union Gospel Mission a couple days before Christmas. But it’s hard to do a lot when you have little kids that need your attention most of the time. We also try to show the kids the gifts we are getting for others so they can get excited to give gifts too.
    6. Best Christmas memories are telling our families that we were pregnant. Both times we got to announce the big news (to family at least) at Christmas time.
    7. Definitely a hodgepodge for decorations. Simple lights outside. I love my tree. Other than that, there’s a little something here or there, but not too much.
    8. Done and wrapped!!!! Yippeeeeee!!!! 🙂

      Emily A said:
      December 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

      i got a little mixed up on my numbers. 🙂

        Emily A said:
        December 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        So I missed Number 5. We used to give Christmas gifts. Back in the olden days. 🙂 Before kids. 🙂 But now, there is always something that needs to be done on the car or house or something we need, so that becomes the Christmas gift. This year, we are going on a 10 year anniversary weekend, so that is our gift to each other. Can’t wait!!! 🙂

      Missy responded:
      December 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

      I seriously don’t think we have one Christmas book. I need to put that on my shopping list! And will there be another announcement this Christmas? 🙂 🙂 And what’s more special than going to Chinese buffet on Christmas! That’s awesome! 🙂

        Emily A said:
        December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

        No, there will be no announcement this Christmas. 🙂 🙂

    laenie said:
    December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    1. We do a “Jesse/Chrismon” Tree for Advent/Christmas-Epiphany. Naarah made her own ornaments this year (well, 4 ornaments out of the 20-something there are, it will be a multi-year project, otherwise i’d go nuts). Both girls love doing the devotions that come with each ornament.
    2. Santa does not visit our house. We talk about the real Saint Nicholas, so at least they have something intelligent to say to storeclerks during this season.
    3. No special traditions left over from my childhood (Christmas in Australia is quite different, and was a little santa-orientated) Nothing in particular that Jonathan can remember as a tradition, other than opening a gift that had clothes in it for the Christmas Service. Dinner/etc as a tradition will not be happening this year, unless it is just our small family. As an import this makes me heartbroken (this Thanksgiving was a bust as far as “tradition keeping” goes too), but I can’t force people to conform to my cheery expectations!
    4. We give. And explain why. We like to pick out gifts from Gospel For Asia’s Christmas Catalogue and talk about why. Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are a big fun event. The girls love giving to the bell-ringers, and talking to the friendly ones.
    5. We used to exchange gifts, I think we still do in a sense. We talk about what we’d like, or what we need, and then we get it. They may not be in December, or it may not be under the tree wrapped, but it’s a gift, and thought about, and most oftentimes it is enough that “all i want is you” is the best gift we can give each other at the end of the day.
    6. Worst Christmas memory? Dad having to be at work on the farm, and mum calling out over the CB if he’d be home soon, home soon, home soon, etc. We didn’t really care, I think, we were young kids, but mum was upset, and that probably made us act like little terrors and not help her mood.. Best Christmas memory? Some very very thoughful gifts that Jonathan has given me over the years. 🙂 I tuck them into my heart – because they just sound silly out loud.
    7. Christmas Decorations are minimal. I relented to Naarah’s pleas and put up a Christmas Tree this year, and let her decorate it with all the (ugly) decorations – Otherwise *my* tree is gold and white.. I put a “winter snow” decor in my kitchen window. If I feel fun I’ll get out the red-and-green placements. That’s about it? This year I made “Stained Glass” windows for our entry windows. I plan to have them laminated for future year’s use. We are almost finished with them, they turned out so much better than i had hoped!!!
    8. not really done with the shopping. just some key extended family here, and I delegated that to Jonathan.

      Missy responded:
      December 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

      I always forget about the Gospel for Asia’s Christmas. That’s a great idea! I think World Vision and Compassion have them too. Such a good way to help the kids understand about giving!

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