Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

It's a Tag Party. Learn a little more about me and all that my crazy family does during the holiday season. These Tags are some of the best ways to learn a bit more about the guy or gal behind the blog. So here's all of our Holiday Happiness for yall.

1. Favorite Christmas Movie?
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Always has been, always will be! Classic. 

2. Are you on the Naughty List or the Nice List? 
Hopefully on the Nice List but I'm not putting my money on it. 

3. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo!
I don't have one. We never did cards then I was little, otherwise, oh man, there would be some good ones floating around out there. But do you wanna see what is possibly the best Christmas Card ever?

Kenny is a pilot with Hubby. His sister took this picture when they were flying around the area a while back and she turned it into the best Christmas card I have ever seen in my entire life. It's too good. Only Kenny.  

4. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes I have! It was a magical Christmas. Christmas Eve 2004 was one I will remember for the rest of my life. We got over 5 inches of snow that night. It was only the second time in history that Corpus had a White Christmas. It was pretty funny waking up the next morning and seeing everyone trying to make snowmen in their front yards. We had no idea that you had to roll the snow. lol. And only a few people had the right kind of outdoor equipment for playing in the snow. There were lots of surfboards, inflatable pool toys, boogie boards and water skis being used to zip down hillsides. It was dreamy.   

5. Where do you usually spend the holidays?
We try our hardest to spend the holidays with family. My side in Texas or Hubby's side in Arizona. Either one. It only feels like the holidays when we have lots of family around. 

6. Play or sing your favorite Christmas song!

All I Want For Christmas Is Yo by Olivia Olson on Grooveshark

7. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Yes I do. Since my parents are divorced, my sister and I spend Christmas Eve with our Dad and his side of the family. My grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins all get together at someone's house (it changes every year almost) and spend our Christmas Eve with each other. I love it.

8. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?

Of course I can, I just have to sing it in my head. "You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen." And of course you can't forget that red-nosed lead guy Rudolph.

9. What holiday tradition are you looking forwards to the most this year?

I am trying to make a new one by spending it with my husband. This will only be our second one together with family since we got married four years ago. It's par for the course for military standards. But we have been pretty lucky so far, I even had the opportunity to spend last Christmas with him on deployment! I hope we can keep this tradition going for a few more years before I loose him to holiday deployments again.

10. Is your tree real or fake?
It's fake. It has to be. Otherwise we would come back home to a very, very dry dead tree. I do miss the smell of a fresh tree though, Maybe I'll get some of those scent sticks you can hang on the tree to make it smell real.

11. Hands down, what is your all-time favorite holiday food and sweet treat?
My grandma Mona's pan de polvo and tamales. You have not lived until you have had a Mexican Christmas :) Tamales are the ultimate holiday food in my neck of the woods. Mmmm. And to finish them off with pan de polvo (it's like a dry shortbread cookie) oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. We need to hit the road soon! 

12. Be honest; Do you like giving or receiving gifts more?
I love giving a gift that I put lots of thought and time into. Nothing is better then seeing the look on their face when it is exactly  what they wanted or something that they did not expect to get. I love that feeling of "Yes, I did it." But don't get me wrong, when someone does that for me I am ecstatic and then I like receiving them more. lol. 

13. Show us your tackiest attire (ex: The Ugly Sweater)
You see that sweater my friend Maggie is wearing. It's mine! It even has shoulder pads! But do you want to see the best tacky sweater?
That's Nick. His sweater features an opening for his iPhone to be the live action fire to his fireplace. Yeah. It's a good one. 

14. What would be your dream place to visit  for the holiday season?
Paris, France. Joyeux Noel! 

15. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
I don't usually participate in the making of the goodies since I am consistently the last one to arrive home for the festivities. I do wish I could help in the making of the sweets, I would be the best X-mas Treat taste tester ever.

16. Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
Oh I am a Pro. Pro.

17. Most memorable holiday moment?
Spending last Christmas in Italy is one that I will never forget. 
The Colosseum 
The Spanish Steps in Rome
Shopping in Naples
18. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
When I realized that Santa and my Mom have the exact same handwriting. Dead giveaway parents, dead giveaway. I think me and my sister Katie found out around the same time, but we had to keep a lid on it for the two youngest sisters. I didn't really mind though, I felt like I was in on it with the adults. I loved that part.

19. Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick with them?
Nope. I don't make resolutions because I know I will not stick with them. It's just not in me. I have terrible self discipline. 

20. What makes the holidays special for you?
When I get to spend them with friends and family that I don't get to see often. It just makes me feel at peace when I an surrounded by people that I love. This Navy life that we have is not an easy one for that reason. We have to leave the people that we love the most and possibly never live close to them again. Spending the holidays with them, just makes everything so much more special. This will be Hubby's first Christmas with my family in Texas. I want to make it as special as possible. I hope he loves it.  

So there you go! Now you know a little bit more about me and what I love about this time of year. If you want to participate, do it. I tag you! Just post a link to your answers in my comments so I can read 'em. If you don't blog, put some of your answers right into a comment! It doesn't matter how you do it, you can participate in any way: tweet, instagram, email, anything! Don't forget to link back to me @amodernnavywife :) Have fun answering and Happy Holidays everyone! 


  1. I did this one about a week ago. It seems it has made its rounds. You can read mine here if you are interested.. Love your answers! It's always a fun way to get to know people!

    1. Seafood Gumbo! I wish I could have been at your Christmases. And I loved your other post about the winter nail colors. Those gingerbread men nails were adorable!