In the spirit of continuing to force some holiday cheer into my cold cold heart, I’ve got a list of my holiday favorites–and least favorites.
Favorite Song: Ave Maria or Carol of the Bells–preferably sung by Trans Siberian Orchestra. Either way, I refuse to choose just one.
Least Favorite Song: The Little Drummer Boy. OK, I actually don’t hate this one any more. I used to be super anti-pa-rum-pa-pum-pum. But then I met a drummer boy that I liked, and now it kinda makes me smile.
Favorite Movie: I get to pick an old one and a new one because this is my blog, and I say so. So my old favorite is White Christmas. My sister and I used to pretend we were Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen and sing, “Sisters . . . sisters . . . there were never such devoted sisters!” And for new, it’s a tough call, but I love The Holiday.
Least Favorite Movie: The Family Stone. Too depressing.
Favorite Tradition: Christmas Eve!
Least Favorite Tradition: This is where I confess something that will almost certainly send me to hell. I don’t like the extended family gathering on Christmas day. I know. But, especially now that I’m far away, my time with my parents, brother, sister, and soon-to-be sister in law is precious. I know it’s good for me to see the rest of the fam, too, but I’d rather do it another time.
Favorite Holiday Food: I don’t know that I have a single favorite that stands out in my mind over time, but I’ve always loved Russian Tea Cakes. The last few years, though, I look forward to this cranberry walnut bread from Zingerman’s that we tend to buy around the holidays. It is seriously the most delicious thing ever. Ever ever.
Least Favorite Holiday Food: Ham. Blech.
Favorite Holiday Drink: Diet Cranberry Ginger Ale. I don’t drink much pop, but I can’t say no to this. I wish it wasn’t seasonal. I would drink it all year round.
Least Favorite Holiday Drink: Egg Nog. I wanted to like it so much when I first tried it, but it’s not my thing.
Least Favorite Decoration: Blue Christmas Lights
Favorite Holiday Card to Receive: Preferably something handwritten, but those are almost nonexistent these days! So I like a nice family photo that I can stick on the fridge. Not just your kids–I want to see my friends, too!
Least Favorite Holiday Card: The Christmas brag letter. Get over yourself.
What are some of your favorites–and least favorites???