Ann from A Latte in the Morning recently tagged me and asked me to list 7 things about myself.
Because holidays have been on my mind lately (it seems like they're all scrunched together in the fall and winter!), I'm going to "change the rules" a bit and write 7 facts about me and holidays.
1. I am not a very "commercial" person...during the holidays or otherwise. Don't expect to see me at Target buying decor, accessories, doo-dads out of the $1 bin, etc. Instead, our home and our festivities are modest and more "homemade." We prefer to focus on our family, our friends, and creating memories (that don't necessarily involve money).
2. I am undecided about "traditions." Sometimes they're nice, but oftentimes they're overdone and it can get tiresome to do the same things year-after-year. I think I prefer doing new things...something fresh for each new year. For example, last year we rented a cabin in the mountains with two other couples and their kids over Thanksgiving. We didn't have turkey or stuffing or cranberry sauce, but that non-traditional way of celebrating was lovely. Something about the crisp air, the refreshment of being away, and the merriment of being with friends made it remarkable.
3. Halloween is a spooky holiday. I really don't care for it much. So much of the decor and so many of the costumes are depressing and disturbing. I wouldn't want my daughter around goblins, witches, devils, axe murderers, and skeletons any other time of the year. Why should October 31 be any different?
4. I think that "opening" stockings is more fun than opening big gifts on Christmas day. It's so fun to pull that big, decorated sock down from the fireplace and to take out the little things one-by-one...scrapbook stickers, chocolates, tangerines, and lipstick.
5. I have never understood the tradition of sending out blank Christmas cards that just have a solitary signature and that's all. It seems like such a waste of paper and resources. If there is a personal note, an update letter, or photos...I love that. But just a signature? Hmmm...
6. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. The combination of somber remembrance and celebration is truly spectacular. I love the barbecuing, the national anthem, the fireworks, and wearing red, white, and blue. America is a wonderful place to live.
7. Holidays are so much more fun now that we have a child. Children just have a way of infusing everything with such joy and wonder, don't you think?
I'm tagging 7 people to "play along" (if they want to, that is). These are 7 people that I'd love to get to know better. Feel free to go with the holiday theme or to just write 7 facts about yourself (you can read the full "rules" here):