1. Which religion or faith do you belong to, if any?
I grew up in a conservative Christian home that was mostly Seventh-Day Adventist, but I also attended Lutheran, Baptist, and some non-denominational churches as well. I went to church a lot. For most of my teenage life, I went at least twice a week, if not more often.
As an adult, I still attended this church. It was an easy transition from child, to teen, to adult. At least, it was until I started to rock the boat.
It’s a long story, but I haven’t attended any church for nearly three years now. While I’ve attended something super conservative, I was always encouraged to explore and research other belief systems.
In high school I investigated atheism, agnosticism, Buddhism, and some new age beliefs in a comparative essay. When I learned about humanism in school, I found that it embodied much of the same beliefs that I did.
Today, I guess I’d say that I’m humanist above anything. I still believe in God, but I also believe every religion has a valid belief system.
2. What is your opinion of Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays?
I’ve always said “Merry Christmas” because I saw “Christmas” as a secular holiday that people of all faiths participated in. I’m not opposed to Happy Holidays, it just feels less cheery to me. The Christmas season is the only time we wish someone “Merry” (at least in the US – according to Harry Potter I guess the Brits say “Happy Christmas”). I have no issue with either method, and if someone prefers Happy Holidays, I’ll wish them that, too.
3. How do you feel about holiday music on the radio?
They never play enough of it! The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season starts and my MP3 player is loaded with my Christmas music.
4. When do you start decorating? Do you?
Usually, I start the day after Thanksgiving. Decorations and all things Christmas run the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. I love this time of year, but I also want it to have a limited life. 5 or so weeks a year is enough. This year has been a bit different. I didn’t get half of my decorations up due to work/life stress.
5. White lights or multi-colored?
6. Gift cards, cash, or actually shopped for presents?
I always shop for presents. If I’m unsure of the gift, I’ll include the gift receipt. Part of the joy of this season is finding something to delight someone.
7. Christmas cards and/or family update letters?
For now, cards are fine. I really don’t think a family letter is needed until kids enter the picture or there are major life events like getting married, etc.
8. Fill in the blank: Snow is ______ .
Great on Christmas Eve/Day or when I’m skiing, really awful any other time.
9. Have you been a good little boy or girl this year?
I’m always a naughty girl, but I’m told this is a good thing.
10. Favorite: old/traditional holiday movie? Contemporary (after 1975) holiday movie?
I always watch “White Christmas.” We always watched it on Christmas Eve growing up and I love carrying on that tradition.
Bonuses – Christmas sex:
What have you done under the mistletoe?
I’ve only been under a mistletoe once, and that was my freshman year of college. I kissed the guy on the cheek, giggled, and walked away.
Have you caught mommy/daddy kissing Santa Claus? What happened next?
Have you had sex in Santa suit?
No. You will never find me in that suit.
Have you had sex with Santa?
NO. My partner just brought up this topic last week… my reaction was a very strong “NO” to him wearing the suit while we have sex. Santa is not sexy in any way…. I just can’t. I don’t mix Santa and sex at all.
Just how merry have you made Santa’s helpers?
This year? Not so much. I almost threw in the towel to cancel Christmas this year because I didn’t have time to shop and buy gifts. I still haven’t finished on Christmas Eve. I haven’t written a single card – to anyone. This year, I need to be made merry. It’s hard to give when you don’t have much cheer yourself.
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