Not the kind on packages! ;-) Our friends at Bolton Girls Travel Journal tagged us, and this is our response. We don't all have the same answers, and we couldn't decide on one person to answer for all of us, so we're going to do this in sort of interview style. (The line spacing got a little messed up, and we can't figure out why, sorry!) Not everyone answered every question, because that would get pretty long, but all of us chimed in on a few.
1) What is your favorite part of the holiday season?
Josefina: Midnight Christmas Eve mass.
Bree: Spending time with family and friends.
Kirsten: Um... probably also presents.
Felicity: Wow, that's mature, Kir.
2) Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
Bree: Well, it's going to be different for some of us this year than last year. I'm still deciding if I'm going to New York State with Blakeney or staying here.
Josefina: Evelyn, Kaya, Kirsten, Felicity, Molly, Charissa, and I are each going to visit with some of our biological relatives in different parts of the United States.
Summer: The rest of us - me, Kiwi, Tabitha, Fiona, and Clare - will be here with Inna and Maia. We'll all have fun holiday stories to exchange when we're together again!
3) What is your favorite gift you have ever received?
Kirsten: You get those every year.
Molly: So? It's still my favourite.
Felicity: I got a really lovely piece of heirloom china once. That was pretty neat.
Evelyn: My most favourite toy horse was a Christmas gift.
4) What are your favorite Christmas Carols?
Kaya: Silent Night.
Molly: Deck the Halls.
Tabitha: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen... it's a little creepy and dark, but I like it.
Evelyn: Jingle Bells.
Josefina: A La Ru... it reminds me of my mother and grandmother.
5) What is your favorite Christmas food?
Summer: Cranberry sauce.
Charissa: Sweet potatoes.
Clare: Blood. Sorry, sorry - but I'm still a vampire on holidays!
6) Can you sleep on Christmas Eve?
Evelyn: Not very well, and I wake up early.
Charissa: Yeah, but I lie awake for awhile first.
Molly: I could probably sleep through a train running over me, so yes, I sleep like a log, just like every night.
7) When do you wake up on Christmas morning?
Evelyn: When the sun comes up.
Fiona: Eight o'clock.
Felicity: That sounds early... I'll say nine o'clock.
Molly: Late. Long after everyone is waiting and has attempted to wake me up several times.
8) What is your most memorable memory?
Clare: One time I thought my grandmother forgot about Christmas, because we didn't really do much to get ready. I bought her a present, but I didn't think I was getting anything since we didn't have much money that year. When I woke up on Christmas morning, the whole house was decorated, and there were presents under the tree. She wanted to surprise me by doing it like they did when she was a little girl.
Summer: Last year in Ontario we had a Christmas parade thing with the horses at the stable, and we dressed the horses in things like antlers and wreaths, and wore Santa hats.
Kirsten: I was born on Christmas Day.
Felicity: That's not really a memory, since you don't remember it.
Kirsten: Whatever. It was a big deal for me, okay?
9) What are you Christmas traditions?
Kirsten: Going to church on Christmas Eve. Some of us go to the Anglican one.
Josefina: I go to Roman Catholic mass. Also I make fish soup for supper.
Kiwi: We open presents and then have pancakes for breakfast.
Kaya: Being in Nutcracker, and singing songs around the piano on Christmas.
Felicity: Baking Christmas cookies to take to friends.
Clare: Going caroling.
10) Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree?
Bree: Artificial. Lots of people in my genetic family are allergic to evergreen.
Kiwi: Whatever our cat won't tear down, I guess?
So those are our answers. It's hard to know who to tag for this one, because we don't know who does celebrate Christmas and who doesn't... but if we tag you and no one in your household celebrates it, you can talk about your own favourite holiday instead. (Or just not answer.) Have fun!
Aurora and Friends
Rebecca, Summer, and Friends
Anyone else who wants to answer - consider yourself tagged too! :-)