The Christmas Tag

the-christmas-tag-awardI almost forgot about this tag! My friend Cindy over at Bird Flight, tagged me for this a few weeks ago. If you haven’t met Cindy, you really should. She shares the most wonderful stories about her life dealing with various mental illness as well as some cool Czech food recipes among other things. I’ve truly learned a lot from her blog and she’s such a wonderful person in general so please give her a visit and a follow!

This festive tag was created by Little DIY Projects . Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Add the picture in your blog
  • Copy these rules into your post
  • Add a link to this original post (
  • Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas-related questions if you want)
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs
  • Have fun!

And here are the questions and my answers:

  • 1. What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

My favorite thing about Christmas, as harsh as this is going to sound, is having a day off from work. I used to work heavily with animals and after that retail and Christmas doesn’t exist for animals so it was very rare when I actually got the day off. I’m glad I get to wake up with my husband and just cuddle and enjoy the peace.

  • 2. What’s your favourite Christmas memory?

Hmmm. I think I’d have to go with all the dinners that occurred with my family. Huge family gatherings like Thanksgiving where we’d all exchange gifts. My mother would always take me and my sister to the dollar store and give us like $20 dollars to spend on all our aunts and uncles and cousins for Christmas. The dollar store we went to had all KINDS of cool stuff. I remember one year we got everyone these huge mugs that had their birth month and zodiac sign on them. I think my grandma still has hers! Oh, another memory that’s great was my grandpa used to give us all these giant candy canes with money taped around them and a lemon. He showed us how to bite the candy cane and stick in the lemon and sip “lemonade” that way. 

  • 3. Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

Not really. Someone hosts a dinner on Christmas even or a brunch on Christmas Day usually and we just be together and reminisce about the year over delicious foods.

  • 4. What’s your Christmas wish? (Can be personal or general)

My Christmas wish is to continue being as healthy as I am right now. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never broken a bone, never had a cavity, I don’t have any type of disorder and I don’t get headaches. Whether it be genetics or whatever, I’m absolutely grateful and I hope it continues for as long as I live.

  • 5. What’s your favourite Christmas dish?

Do you even know me?!?! I can’t even answer that question because I love food. It’s basically Thanksgiving all over again and I love all the food!

  • 6. What’s your favourite Christmas decoration?

I honestly don’t have one.. You see, my husband was raised around Jehovah Witnesses so nobody ever decorated. I’m slowly but surely cracking his shell. We got these little gold and silver kitty hooks to hang stockings on and the kitties are wearing Santa hats. They sit on our wood stove when it’s not burning. If I wasn’t painting my house next week, I would have gotten some lights to string up or maybe even a little tree. Baby steps right?!?

  • 7. What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I hate Christmas music. Before you start yelling at me, I worked in retail for FOUR YEARS! Christmas music started the day after Halloween and didn’t end until January at some point. You get over hearing the same song in 50 variations for 8+ hour shifts, 6 days a week okay! But if you demanded I picked one Christmas song to like, I’d choose Little Drummer Boy cover by Pentatonix:

  • 8. Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

Usually I celebrate in one of my family member’s homes. The only time I had a completely different Christmas was when I was in Maui back in 2011. My coworkers were my family then and we had a pretty great time. 🙂

  • 9. What does the ‘Christmas Spirit’ mean to you?

I have to be honest, it doesn’t mean much to me. I’m not religious in any capacity but I think for most it just means love and happiness and hopeful life in general.

  • 10. Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

WELL! If I could spend Christmas with my Idris Elba I definitely would in a heartbeat! I think I would also spend time with some of you lovely bloggers and experience how your Christmases are since we all come from different backgrounds.

Here’s the part where I’m supposed to tag people but it’s the holidays and we’re all busy bloggers so I say to you, Merry, early Christmas and if you want to do this tag, go for it! Have fun with it! If you want to answer any of the questions without doing an official post, feel free to leave me a comment below. 🙂


30 thoughts on “The Christmas Tag

  1. I knew you were going to share that Pentatonix song! Did you talk about that one before? I almost used it for Music Monday this week. Love!

    This is such a great tag. I love it. If I wasn’t posting so much about Christmas, I’d love to do it. Reading about your family was wonderful. The lemon and the candy cane, I’ve never heard of that and how special. I also never knew that Jehovah’s Witnesses didn’t decorate? This is interesting. Thank you for sharing, Nel. 🤗❤🎄

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! I’m glad you get the day off too! 🎅


    1. I probably have, haha. It’s my go to besides their Hallelujah cover when it’s around Christmas. You should use it for Christmas Music Monday! It’s such an amazing cover! Haha yes, I was actually thinking of you when I got to the tagging part but literally everyone have so many planned posts for this holiday, I didn’t want to bombard anyone with more.

      Yes! The candy cane, lemon trick works so well! You have to try it some day! It works with those thick ones and you can just break a piece off and bite both ends and suck up lemon juice. I don’t know who taught him that but it was cool of him to share it with his grandkids 🙂

      I think it’s because they don’t celebrate Christmas? I’m not sure though. He was also in foster care for 6 years so there was that as well.

      Thank you!! I hope you have a spectacular Christmas and New Years as well my amazing, beautiful, wonderful friend ❤ 🙂


      1. Well, I have to try that with the lemon. That is just awesome!

        Yeah, my mom mentioned that she doesn’t think they celebrate Jesus and his birth, but I don’t know. It’s interesting. 😊💖 You learn something new everyday!

        I came so close to using the song! I remembered it from your blog too. They actually have a few other great Christmas songs. I’m sure you already knew that haha! 🎄

        I’ll message you later. I hope you’re ready for Christmas, friend! Santa’s coming! 🎅🎅🎅


        1. Girl! Kindreds! Same here! I walked down the aisle to “Standing By” cause he was lead on that song! Have you listened to any of his new stuff?


                1. My personal opinion is he wasn’t able to showcase his skills very well cause Scott, Mitch and Kirstin were always the lead singers. He stated though that the lifestyle was exhausting and he needed a break from touring all the time.


  2. Oh I’m glad you get to have the day off 🙂 haha you know, my sister once worked in the Christmas department of a department store, from August– she’s never been the same about Christmas songs 😉 ooh Maui- that sounds amazing! Hope you have a lovely Christmas!


    1. I didn’t mean to submit that so fast but yes! Your sister feels my pain I’m sure. Christmas in Maui was pretty great all though very different since it doesn’t snow and they have different food. I hope you have a lovely Christmas as well my friend!


  3. LOL most legit reason to hate Christmas!! So often we complain about decorations being up too early, but we forget about the people that have to see them until January!
    Great post Nel 😀


  4. My hubby is the same way with Christmas music, lol! He doesn’t want it played around him until Christmas Day because he used to work part-time at a grocery store all through high school, and he said he heard enough of it then! I feel you too since I worked at a Hallmark store parttime when I was in high school and omg! They start Christmas in July with the ornament sales, decorations, and putting cards out in October! It was nuts! But I still want to hear music, but not like I used to. If I hear Mariah Carey one more time, I might scream! I pick my own stuff out and can’t stand listening to the radio! Enjoy your week off! I think that’s one of the best part of the holidays too!


    1. Mariah Carey is a Christmas ruiner!! I don’t know how people stand to hear that All I Want for Christmas 500 times each year. It makes my ears bleed! Christmas sales in July??? That’s crazy. Yes, make your own playlist with voices you can tolerate, haha. Thank you! Enjoy your time off as well! I hope all these exams are done!


      1. HAHA! Yes! My hubby hates her and says the same thing about her making your ears bleed!! OMG! I can’t stand turning on the radio this time of year and hearing her, ugh! Ugh, yes, Hallmark premiers their Christmas ornaments in July!! I guess I can’t talk since one of our trees (I finally got my trees up…we have more than 1) is a Hallmark ornament tree, lol. Almost one spot in the front is covered with Scarlett O’Hara ornaments and Disney Princesses, etc. It’s fun! I’ve been collecting them for over 20 yrs. Exams are done! I’d be crying if not! I really hope you’re enjoying your time off and painting too! 🙂


        1. That’s so cool! You’ll have to snap a pic of that one and psot it to Twitter! I am enjoying my time off. I love sleeping without an alarm, hahaha


  5. What you said about Christmas music is really interesting! I get slightly bored of the standard Christmas songs (coughMariah Careycough) although I admit to having a soft spot for Last Christmas, but some traditional songs and some less mainstream/common ones are really good and I absolutely love them! I actually made a post about them today, so reading this was good timing! I can’t imagine having to work on Christmas Day, so I totally get why you like having the day off. Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday.


    1. Yes I just read your post! You picked good ones and yes I agree the less mainstream the better they are and I’m able to tolerate them for a few days 😉


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