Christmas, actually

Talk about a late Christmas recap. What can I say? Does spending an all-around family weekend with nerve-wracking yahtzee thrillers [we’re addicted] and the equally fraught task of preparing a Strudel for dinner count as an excuse 😉 ? If not you’ll have to trust me I intentionally waited until today [truth!] because what could be a more amazing topic to talk about on this wonderful Marvelous in my Monday than Christmas? See, you can’t argue with that. Thanks to Katie for hosting us all throughout the year!

MiMM_new

The post title? That’s because, well, this post is all about our Christmas celebration and it’s hard to believe it is actually over again already. Way too early once more. Additionally, this year’s Christmas was unusual in a way. If I’d filled in the survey after  this year’s celebration my answers might have been slightly different. More on that in a second. And the title may or may not also show my fondness of a certain Christmas movie once more.

Advent wreath_grandma

We’re going backwards in this post saving the gifts for last [not judging you if you’re too curious scrolling right down to the end – or at least not much]. Because while our main celebration always is on Christmas Eve most family activites happen on the 25th when all relatives on my mum’s side come over to my grandparents’ house.

Golden_angel

By far one of my favourite parts of Christmas and every of our family gatherings at my grandparents’, actually, is our family walk along the beach. Yes, we’re those folks who bundle up and brave the weather for a walk under any circumstances. It’s been a tradition for as long as I can think and no visit at my relatives’ would be complete without the whole family bonding and chatting on those walks. The calmth of the sea. Unplugged and also elsewise distraction-free catch-up time with cousins, aunts, uncles.

Christm._walk

While we get to see and talk to each other all day long it’s during those walks that conversations really spark and get deeper. I hadn’t seen one of my cousins who moved to Austria for her studies in months so we were in dire need of catching up on each other’s lives. No better way to do so than while trudging through the sand, wind dishevelling our hair and watching the steady lively motion of the waves [can you tell I’m pretty fond of nature?]. Does anybody else feel conversations to be much more inspired when moving outside while talking? Maybe it’s the fresh breeze enlivening ourselves in the whole and sparking

Christmas beach walk

Next up on our regular schedule: cookies. And, oh well, let’s not forget about Torte [yes, I know it’s just called cake, too, but the German word implies so much more for me 🙂 ], Stollen and more cake. My grandma is going all out to make sure everyone’s experiencing a sugar coma ;).

Cookies_at_grandmas

Also one of the marvelous parts of Christmas? Many hugs by my grandpa. They’ve become even more precious to me after a health scare on his side several years ago. One moment can change the meaning of something as simple as a hug altogether. Maybe it’s sappy to say but family truly is the biggest blessing we get in life and while my Christmas had its annoyances and little flaws, too, I’m thankful for every moment I got to spend with my grandpa – and all other relatives. He’s the world’s best hugger – or at least the best known to me and that’s kind of the same thing, right ;)?!

Two of the changes I mentioned above was that my sister and I didn’t get to decorate the Christmas tree this year and – major break with the family traditions! – we didn’t throw the dice to determine who was allowed to unwrap a gift next. Here’s to hoping we’ll get back to it next year.

Christmas Tree 2013

Weihnachtsgeschenke

Does anybody else marvel at the fact that the older we get the less important the gifts under the tree become? Just thinking of how excited I was writing my wish lists weeks in advance and hardly being able to sleep the night before Christmas Eve makes me smile. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy receiving and especially giving gifts – but the additional sleep is much appreciated :). This year I hadn’t asked for any specific gifts which happened to be marvelous because I was even more surprised by every present I received. Not playing favourites but one of the most amazing presents this year would be …

PJ pants

PJ pants! And not just any: My mum knew I’d been unsuccessfully looking for new ones for a while and decided to sew me a pair shortly before Christmas Eve. Can you tell she knows me so well [colour and dots]? Just like her and my sister are quite the talented seamstresses meaning both of them bestowed not only me but every family member with their own handiwork. When transferring the pictures from my camera to my laptop I noticed I actually hadn’t taken any pictures of my presents on Christmas Eve 😯 – and hardly any pictures at all. We were clearly too busy fooling around and wearing hilarious santa hats ;). That’s why I hope you won’t mind a few quickly snapped pictures from today once more featuring the PJ pants in all their glory [thanks, mum]. All I can say is I felt spoiled – and happy my presents were well received, too. Especially since my dad truly approved of his gift, too – a huge relief.

Presents

Unsual also due to the fact it was just seven of us celebrating on Christmas Eve it was a special Christmas nonetheless. Borrowing a term by Kierston I can honestly say my heart was full. Filled with gratitude and love for all the memories made and family bonding time.

Happy last Monday of 2013!

Happiness inducing today: Watching my family’s delight and excitement when playing Yatzhzee – I love that crazy bunch of people.

What was one of your favourite gifts to give and receive this year?

Did you gift any homemade presents? I had the best intentions but ended up going the store-bought route once more. Just wait for it once the next birthday comes up, though :). I’m still taking recommendations for any occasion!

Who’s the best hugger in your family?

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Good good links #19

Can you believe it’s the last Sunday in 2013 already? Not to sound like an old lady but where did time go? I’d be dishing up all kinds of clichée sentences if I tried to whine about the year passing by at lighting speed but just let me tell you I do feel that way. Now that I got that off my chest: It’s also the last time I’m sharing some of my favourite posts in 2013. Not like there weren’t awesome posts every week but I somehow felt like everybody was sharing an additional lot of great posts during this last full week of the year. So the links below are just a fraction of all inspiring, helpful, hilarious and delicious posts I noticed this week. Enjoy and let me know any I might have missed!

Candles_December

However you choose to to spend this last Sunday of the year I hope it’s a great one for you.

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

The Day After Christmas: A Lament via Goins, Writer

Summing up the post-Christmas blues feelings many of us [apparently] are experiencing precisely. What is it that we expect from Christmas, really?

Resolutions Are Not Just For the New Year via Catching my Breath

Why wait until January 1st to commit to new goals?

Good good [advice and inspiration]

10 Small Changes Everyone Should Make Next Year via Huffington Post

Stopping to diet, getting more sleep and being kind to yourself are good ‘resolutions’ to set – not just for the new year but any given day [see previous link 🙂 ].

Avoiding post-holiday food guilt via the Real Life RD

Let feelings of gratitude replace those of guilt and weight gain worries. “Because food is just food until we let our minds convince us otherwise.”

Holiday Weight Gain (And Being OK with It!) via Your Trainer Page

It’s a good idea not to go overboard on the indulgences but a little extra holiday weight isn’t a shame, either.

Use The 80/20 Rule To Improve Your Life! Here’s How via Mind Body Green

Positive thinking, food, time management and exercise: Staying true to your goals by allowing some flexibility in all areas of life.

3 Tips for the Tech Junkie – Be Healthy and Connected via Hayley Hobson

Don’t let the desire to be connected cut off real-life connections. Unplugging can feel amazing.

Running is like via Olive to Run

Any runner will agree with this.

How To Survive The Post-Holiday Blues via Huffington Post

Setting goals, socializing and exercise can help beat the off feeling after the holidays.

68 Mostly Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home via Savvy Sugar

For those boring [Sun]days when nobody is around.

Customizable Instragram calendar via going home to roost

Christmas might be over but this is a cute gift idea for any occasion.

How to Use a Lemon to Clean Stained Food Containers via Real Simple

Remember my mention of squash-stained Tupperware? I know I’ll definitely give this one a try.

Good good [things to make you smile]

20 New Year’s Resolutions For The Foodie via HuffPost Food

Is the Instagram diet on your list of resolutions already 😉 ?

Because Sometimes Tweets About Body Image Can Be Funny via POPSUGAR

“My thighs touch because they’re still deeply in love.” – Yes to taking body woes with a grain of salt.

Victoria’s Secret Models Secret TWERK Session… Caught On Video via TMZ

I’m not usually one to share those ‘funny videos’ but I’m making an exception for my twerking friends ;).

Good good [food]

Fruit and Nut Shortbread Cookies via Prevention RD

Shortbread has never sounded this good before.

Tiramisu Cheesecake Brownies via Vegan Richa

Tiramisu. Cheesecake. Brownies. Could these get any better?

Peppermint Bark Raw Brownies via Peachy Palate

Spotting a theme? There can never be too many brownie recipes in one post and these couldn’t be more different from the first ones yet look just as spectacular.

Sage Polenta Bowls with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Wild Mushrooms via Oh my Veggies

Elegant and featuring some of the best flavours of the season.

Vegan Spanakopita via Produce On Parade

An intriguing spin on the Greek classic.

Italian Spice Superfood Stew via Mind Body Green

She had me at “coziness, relaxation and unique textures” – a stew for the soul.

 

Pastinake not pasta [Parsnip Lasagna]

Sometimes I wonder what the blog world has done to me – or more precisely my mind when it comes to recupe creating. But to let you in on my thoughts a little more I’ll begin at the beginning, okay? In an effort to use up as much produce as possible [sounds familiar 😉 ?] before leaving for my grandparents’ house for Christmas I had to come up with some meals to use them in. My initial idea was a vegetable lasagna simply chopping up every vegetable in sight and add it to the sauce part of the dish.

Pasta-naken

But when I started rummaging through my impressive vegetable stash I realized a sauce could only host so many veggies until becoming a stew. Add in that I didn’t have any lasagna sheets at hand and spaghetti [the only kind of pasta I did have] just wouldn’t have quenched my cravings. Spotting some of my favourite winter vegtables – parsnips – my mind quickly changed into strange but good mode and got spinning.

Dish_parsnip

Thinking about it maybe it’s not just Laura’s influence on my recipe creations but also the name of the vegetable itself. Pastinaken as they are called in German sounds similar enough to pasta[-naken], no? Yes, totally not what I thought initially but it came to mind when I took the first bites and laughed at myself for not trying it any earlier. Parsnips as a sub for the pasta layers: why not?*

* here’s to hoping I either don’t have any Italian readers or – preferably – none that will get mad at me for daring to present a pasta-less lasagna. Dear Italians: I like pasta [almost] as much as you, promise.

Parsnip_layer

You’ll notice this recipe – unlike my others – is not vegan. That’s because I still consider myself a vegan with benefits and couldn’t pass up the cottage cheese when it was on special offer recently. Yet another impulse purchase with no idea on how to use it in mind. Some things will never change. However, I’d seen recipe for cottage cheese lasagna before and got curious.

Cottage cheese

The verdict: Pretty good. The cheese added a unique and very interesting texture – and you know that’s a key criterion for me – as well as creaminess to the dish without being too heavy like other kinds of cheese or bechamel sauce – and way faster [hello, impatience]!  Give it a try if you haven’t yet. And parsnips as ‘lasagna sheets’? Awesome. Flavourful. And once more an exciting texture element. That’s all I have to say.

Parsnip Cottage Cheese Lasagna

Sauce:

  • 200 g carrots, chopped into half-moons
  • 150 g zucchini [a small to medium one]
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • about a 1/4 tsp each smoked paprika, oregano, thyme [season to taste]
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped or onion powder
  • salt + pepper
  • 150 g passata [a scant 3/4 cup]
  • 1/4 cup chickpeas
  • 1 small parsnip [100 g], sliced thinly into rounds
  • 100 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 115 g (1/2 cup) cottage cheese, mixed with 1/4 tsp dried basil
  1.  For the sauce: If using fresh onion [recommended] sauté in a small sauce pan until translucent. Add the carrots and sauté covered for about 3-4 minutes. Add the zucchini and spices [onion powder if using it, too], stir-frying so the zucchini and carrots get browned a little.
  2. Pour in the passata and mix in the chickpeas.
  3. To assemble: Layer mushrooms into the bottom of a casserole dish. Add a layer of sauce. Top with about half of the cottage cheese.
  4. Layer parsnips on top. Cover with the remaining sauce and cottage cheese. It’s important to end with tomato sauce to avoid burning/drying out the cottage cheese.
  5. Bake covered for about 25 minutes at 350 °F.

Pastinaken-Lasagne

Trust me when I say this one’s not too strange to appeal to ‘normal’ eaters, either. Just maybe don’t call it lasagna but simply parsnip bake in that case. Or do however you like – because who’s listening to recommendations in anyway? I recommend, however, that you take a look at some more recipe inspiration over at Kierston’s and Laura’s for some more food fun on this fine Friday*.

* my fondness of alliterations is a well-known fact by now and I’m okay with that.

Happiness inducing today: A rainy weather run after two rest days over Christmas.

Are you a fan of parnips? What’s your favourite way to use them? Have you ever tried cottage cheese in lasagna?

Thinking out loud #3

Merry Christmas once more! I think it’s still apt to say on second Christmas day, right?

We just returned from my grandparents’ place hence why I had part of this post pre-written before we left in case you’re wondering about the mix of pre- and post-Christmas ponderings. Expect more detailed Christmas posts during the next days. Now here’s for some Thinking out loud thanks to Amanda!

Thinking-Out-Loud

1. Does anybody else fall into the ‘post-Christmas blues’ or – to say it less dramatical – feel like there should be at least a third or fourth day of celebration added? The anticipation of a whole month of festive atmosphere – and then all of it is over in the blink of an eye. It’s obviously the same every year but I just can’t get used to it. “Finish on a high note.” – I never liked that idea. Especially not when it meant leaving people I love too early again 😦 .

2. Just to rebel a little I won’t be taking down my decorations all that soon. It’s nice to show Santa some respect for all the hard work he’s done the past days for a bit longer, don’t you think 😉

 Christmas_decorat.

3. When unpacking some gifts that I’d ordered shortly before leaving for our relatives’ place I spotted this little guy. If there’s any better sign of way too warm weather on Christmas Eve I don’t know it.

Ladybug

4. Almost as worse as a gift that doesn’t arrive in time is noticing just shortly before the celebration that a well-meant one doesn’t fit. Case in point: After Amanda reminding me of the Smartphone gloves in one of her previous Thinking out loud posts I’d ordered a pair each for my dad and sister as gifts. Only to try one on after opening said box above and … well … above scenario happening. Fits perfectly for my dad – whew! – but obviously not for my sister or me with our smaller hands. One size fits all? Definitely not, dear manufacturer!

5. Talking about the weather I’ll risk getting the stank eye but I was actually glad it was neither cold nor snowy. That’d have turned my favourite part of our family get-togethers a little rough. Want to know my favourite part? Our traditional beach walk. A necessity for every family get-together at my grandparents and an awesome time for long conversations and just an overall fun time with the whole family. Pictures to come for some Monday marvelousness.

Christm. Elks

6. Searching for last-minute Christmas dessert ideas I somehow came across this gem. Can we just take a short moment to talk about how unreal #11 [Biscoff, Nutella, whipped cream] and #29 are? I think I need a snack …

7. It’s no secret that Love, actually is my favourite Christmas movie [or maybe even generally favourite romantic movie]. Hence why I was really surprised – dare I say: shocked – when my mum who’d picked it up at the rental store told me she had to request the employee at the latter to dig it out of the back room. Yes, they’d in fact semi-‘retired’ the movie saying it was a bit older already after all. Seriously? The same store that has age old worn out video [not DVD!] cases sitting on their shelves?!

8. I didn’t mention starting yet another sticker book as part of a supermarket’s campaign. Too late, though, as the offer ends at the end of the year but still. Not to play favourites but I may or may not like this one [a lot] better than the last. Just one word: Disney.

Stickers

9. My sister and her husband are staying at my parents until New Years’ Day so I’m hoping fore family game nights to come. And at least one movie night with me finally watching The Holiday – yes, I still haven’t gotten around to it.

10. Proof #129375940 that my grandma is the best …

Grandma's cookies

Happiness inducing today: Christmas, obviously. But also my grandma sending me home with both a generous serving of her Rotkohl (!!!) and a jar of her homemade cherry jam [so so good].

Tell me about your Christmas celebrations!

How long are you usually keeping up the decorations after the holidays?

Merry Christmas!

Just popping in quickly before leaving for the three-hour-drive [fingers crossed for free highways] to my grandparents’ house! Whether you’re celebrating today or tomorrow, with your parents, husband/fiancé, boy- or girlfriend, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, cat, dog … whomever: I wish you a merry Christmas <3! Enjoy the holidays!

Merry Christmas

I’ll unplug for the next days but plan on returning for some good old-fashioned Thinking out loud on Thursday.

Last stop before Christmas [Tomorrow, children, just wait!]

Do any of you non-Germans actually know the song I’m alluding to with today’s post title? The translation seems a bit skeevy to me so I’d be happy if you could shed some light. Nonetheless, at least for us Germans it’s true: one more wake-up until the big day. What would be more suitable then giving you another insight into the way I celebrate(d) Christmas?  It’s a ‘Better late than never’ post: When I saw this survey on Amanda’s blog I knew I had to steal it and what would make for a more fitting last Marvelous in my Monday before Christmas?

Before Christmas…

Christmas card

Do you send out Christmas cards?
Don’t hate me but: no. It’s not that I didn’t like the idea. But my family never did and at least with the ones we received in past years most had a standard greeting that was repeated every year. If I care about somebody I’ll either call them on Christmas or write a longer letter.

How soon do you start shopping?
Never soon enough. Despite my best intentions that “this year is going to be completely different and I’ll start shopping/crafting at the end of October already” … it obviously never happens.

Do you have a lot of gifts to buy?
Luckily not this time around. One benefit of being single [there has to be one!] ]and my brother currently working abroad is that aside from my dad and grandpa there are no other guys to get presents for. Why are men so hard to buy for?

Do you bake cookies?
Does anybody not? Shame on them! Cookie baking is essential for me to truly get into the Christmas spirit.


Cookies

Decorations…

Do you put up a Christmas tree?
Sadly, no. We don’t celebrate at home so my parents didn’t see any sense in buying one. However, there will obviously be one at my grandparents’ house.

If so, is it fake or real?

Always always always real.

Do you like tinsel?
Oh yes! It’s sparkly, it’s Christmas-y – what’s not to like? But with no tree this year and a lack of decorations in general there hasn’t been any of that [so far], either. Why not pull it our for New Years Eve ;)?!

Do you use homemade or storebought ornaments?

It’s a mix of both. From straw stars and golden walnuts [hand-painted by yours truly 😉 ] to ball ornaments and little figurines – our trees are never following a certain decoration pattern.

Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Luckily, my dad has gotten us covered in that area of decorating and seeing those makes me smile whenever I get home from work.

Do you put lights on the tree?
Wait … does anybody not do it??? So: yes, definitely!

Christmas 2012_house



Christmas Eve…

Do you celebrate it?
Yes! Christmas Eve is the day of the main celebration in Germany. We get together with our relatives, decorate the tree together, have dinner and then play the dice when it comes to unwrapping gifts. Only those who get six eyes on the dice are allowed to pick up a gift.

Do you hang up your stocking?
Since we celebrate on Christmas Eve there’s no reason to hang stockings and we don’t open any gifts on the morning of 25th. I’d be curious to celebrate Christmas that way one day, though.

Have you ever left cookies out for Santa?
Another tradition our celebration on Christmas Eve has kept from us. If we had it over here, though, I’d make sure Santa wouldn’t leave hungry.

Christmas_candles



Favourite…

Christmas Movie?

Love, actually. I have to watch it every year no matter how often I’ve seen it before. This year, my mum was in for the fun. We watched it just tonight [Sunday] and agreed it was truly awesome.

Christmas Song?
As of Saturday evening I’d have to say ‘Santa Baby’ – a song I’d previously undervalued. But we can’t forget about ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’, ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ and, oh well, a slew of others, either. If we’re talking about songs my family actually sings then ‘Leise rieselt der Schnee’ and Silent Night.

Christmas Memory?
Another tough one. How about one of the most special memories instead? That’d be Christmas two (three?) years ago when we had plans of driving to my grandparents’ just like this time. However, it started snowing like crazy on 23rd so my parents decided we’d be safer staying home and we might actually not have been able to take those snowy roads. We [the ‘children’] were disappointed at first but then my parents who had hardly even decorated up until then managed to set up an awesome celebration in a matter of hours. Did I mention I love them? And I got to pick out a tree with my dad which somehow has become a task the two of us take of every year we’re celebrating at my parents’ place. It’s a dad-and-daughter thing.

Christmas Cookie?
Do I really have to choose?! Okay, if there’s no way out then my grandma’s very special cookies that don’t even have a name – hm, I guess we should change that … They consist of a shortbread round spread with homemade jelly, topped with thinly rolled out marzipan, confectioners’ icing and a glacé cherry on top. I’ll try to remember to take a picture this year.


Decor

This or That…

Give or Receive?
Giving. Watching others peoples’ faces as they unwrap my presents to them and seeing them smile is making for the happiest moments under the Christmas tree.

Ham or Turkey?
None. Are you surprised 😉 ?

Star or Angel?
A huge golden star. Actually, though, only if we celebrate at my grandparents’ because the trees at my parents’ house usually went ‘naked’.

White Lights or Coloured Lights?
We’ve always had white ones.

Blinking Lights or Still Lights?
Still all the way. Not sure how long I could look at those blinking ones without getting a headache …

Were you Naughty or Nice this year?
Welll … I hope Santa doesn’t see and hear everything ;).  Really, though, I’d like to think a balance in between the two. The Santa I interviewed for my newspaper article consulted his black book saying I was nice enough. Fingers crossed he was right …

Little Santa

Presents…

What do you want for Christmas this year?
Will you believe I actually forgot to write a wish list this year? I have no idea what I’ll be getting. Right now I just hope for a great time with my family. It’s been too long since I last saw some of them.

When do you open your gifts?
All of them on Christmas Eve – occasionally some from relatives we meet on 25th.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?
Another tough one. Like many girls I was pretty fond of Barbie back in the day so maybe one of them …

What’s the worst gift you’ve ever gotten?
Just to clarify: we’re talking worst in terms of most useless here. So … sorry to the person who gave them to me [and my mum and my sister – so basically worst gift for each of us that year :shock:]: hand-crocheted scarves. Being extra kind and generous that relative bestowed us with a huge box of them – “Split them evenly among you, okay?”. Um, sure … Still, it was the thought that counted and that had been very sweet.

Do you like wrapping gifts?
This would have to be a two-part answer. First: yes, I absolutely like it. Call me odd but with the saying ‘a gift coming from the heart’ I feel the way it’s packed says a lot on terms of that. If the wrapper is loveless already it takes away  some of the joy in receiving the gift.
 Getting to the second part: I hardly ever wrap [Christmas] gifts. My mum came up with the sustainable idea of hand-sewn fabric bags using Christmas-themed cloth when we were small children still and we’ve been using them ever since. However, I do wrap birthday gifts so that’s where the loving packaging gets in there again.


Tree

Random…

Can you name all the reindeer?
No. But to excuse myself: we don’t learn that song over here. So … Rudolph … that’s about the only one I know ;).

Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?
Well, no. I consider it a pretty sweet idea in movies and as an all-out romantic would ideally find my Prince Charming that way :D. Once more I don’t think the concept has spread around here [yet?] though I did see mistletoes on offer in a supermarket around here last week.

Do you go carolling?
No. I’m not sure if I got the translation right but it’s done by Catholics only, right? In that case: yes, it generally exists in Germany and a friend of mine did many years. But seeing as I’m Protestant I never did.

Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?
Maybe not intentionally but I do slow down just a little when driving past all-out decorated houses on my commute to work and back.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
We had many white Christmas days though in past years they’ve become more of a rarity.

Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
It varies every year. Depending on where we celebrate [i.e. at my parents’ house, my grandparents’ or one certain aunt’s] and who’s around. Last year it was me, my two siblings, my parents, grandparents on my mother’s side, aforementioned aunt with her husband and two of my cousins, another uncle with his wife and little daughter. The whole family with more aunts and uncles as well as cousins traditionally gathers at my grandparents’ on 25th. This year it’ll be my family minus my brother [who’s abroad], my grandparents and an aunt on Christmas Eve.

Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?
No. Please tell me I didn’t I miss out on much!

What part of Christmas do you look most foward to?
Meeting family members I don’t regularly get to see.  The whole cozy and festive atmosphere. Hugging my grandpa.

Christmas 2012 1

Happiness inducing today: Watching Love, actually with my mum.

Happy Monday to all of you and I hope you’ll have an awesome time celebrating Christmas with your loved ones!

It’s your turn:

What was your favourite or most memorable Christmas?

Who do you celebrate with?

What do you want for Christmas?

And I’d be curious to hear your answer to any of the other questions, too!