Hey guys! Merry almost-Christmas!
I just can’t say no to a fun challenge! Besides, I do have to admit that writing days have been rocky after completing the first draft of The Apostle’s Sister and reading through it. So I welcome a break, and have a little suspicion that maybe I deserve it after actually finishing a first draft?? (Might be a crazy idea, though…)
Anyways, I am super excited to answer Addie’s questions. (By the way, she made the image below, and let me just say it’s very pretty.) So let’s go ahead and start the post! I hope y’all enjoy.
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
2. Put the rules after the introduction.
3. Answer the 12 questions.
4. Tag 12 people to do the tag.
5. Create all new questions of your own to ask the people you tag.
1. What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?
I love the Christmas services at my church. Unfortunately, this year I can’t attend them in person, but I still have the blessing of receiving the Word through online streaming! My pastors are doing an AWESOME Christmas sermon series on the prophet Isaiah, because the book of Isaiah contains his many beautiful prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. This is my favorite prophecy of Isaiah’s:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
I think that verse is just so so beautiful! So yeah, I love my church services. I love the candle lighting, the reading of the prophets, and the singing of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” as the benediction.
2. Is Christmas your favorite holiday? Why/why not?
Christmas is ONE of my favorite holidays. My favorite is Easter. I think the most important days of the year are Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. I think Easter is most significant because if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, his birth and death would both mean nothing. But I’ve also heard that if there were no birth, the death and resurrection could never have even happened. What do you guys think? Which day is most significant to you – Christmas, Good Friday, or Easter – and why? Let me know in the comments!
3. What’s your favorite Christmas-related food?
Ooh, this is a tough one! But I would have to choose pumpkin pie. I just love, love, LOVE pumpkin pie. It’s sooooooo delicious! There’s honestly no pie or cake or any other dessert that I can say I like better.
Pumpkin pie would be awesome even just by itself, but I like having it with whipped cream and some yummy fudge hot chocolate. How do you guys like your pumpkin pie?
4. What’s your favorite thing to do during the Christmas season?
Christmas music ALL THE WAY!!
One thing you should know about me is that I love music. If I wasn’t required to breathe words as a writer, I would breathe music. Beautiful music changes my life, moves me emotionally, brings me closer to God, helps me concentrate as I write, gives me something fun to do on a long car ride… you name it. So during the Christmas season, I love the music. But to be honest, I listen to Christmas music all year round. I just think that we shouldn’t commemorate Christ’s birth only one day of the year. We can worship the baby from Bethlehem through instruments and song any time of the year!
5. In what way do you think Christmas is an important holiday?
Christmas is an important holiday because it’s the day of our Lord’s birth. Just think – the Lord of the universe became a human just like us, coming down in the form of a vulnerable little baby – just so he could be born and live and ultimately die a horrible death so we would be saved. It’s a beautiful significance too special to try to describe. Let me just say I am IN AWE every time I think of it!
6. What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
Okay, so my school has a thing called Deck the Halls that we do annually. Each class decorates a section of the campus and sets up a booth – ranging from cotton candy machines to jumpy houses. (Which, unfortunately, we are not allowed to play in, because they’re for the kids. Ugh.) One of our male teachers dresses up as Santa Claus, and let me just say, it is a ton of fun! Everyone wears ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats, and in the morning we have a chapel service where we pray, listen to a short talk, and sing Christmas songs.
I go to a Christian school, so during Deck the Halls we invite a public elementary school over to spend the day with us. Everyone “adopts” a kid, and we buy them gifts and take them around the campus, exploring each booth. We teach them the Christmas story, and since a lot of the kids are not Christian, it’s a very special opportunity.
Sadly, we were not able to carry on this amazing tradition this year because of social distancing. We still bought gifts for the kids, but we weren’t able to see their faces light up when they opened them, or watch them have fun on our campus. It just wasn’t the same, but we made the best of it. I pray we can continue Deck the Halls next Christmas!
7. What’s your favorite Christmas song/carol?
This one’s hard! As I said before, I LOVE Christmas music, so it’s very hard for me to pick a specific favorite song.
Most people would expect me to say “Joy to the World,” because tons of my friends still sing that one to me, LOL. But although it’s one of the best, I do have to say that I love “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” because I think it’s incredible how that song comes STRAIGHT from Scripture. But it’s a VERY close tie with “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
I LOVE Mannheim Steamroller’s instrumental version of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It’s just sooo beautiful. In fact, it’s so beautiful that I HAD to put it here for you guys to listen to:
8. What’s on your Christmas wishlist?
THE ASCENDANCE SERIES BY JENNIFER A. NIELSEN!
My girl Maggie from Teen Writers’ Nook talks about this series so so often, especially the first book, The False Prince. She kept telling me I had to read it, so eventually I gave in and read the free sample for The False Prince on Amazon. And after I read only the first page, I was IMMEDIATELY DYING to read the whole thing! The main character, Sage, is just so awesome and hilarious, and the story is so engaging. The free sample wasn’t enough for me. I was so excited that I knew I just HAD to read the entire series.
So all four books in The Ascendance Series immediately went on my wishlist. I really, REALLY hope I get it! And even if I don’t, I’m still gonna have to read it. It was THAT good!!! Okay, I’m rambling now. But I should have known that any series Maggie talked up would have to be good. That girl knows her reading and writing stuff! So, Maggie, if you’re reading this, thanks for getting me just as hyped about this series as you are.
9. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Okay, so I remember this only very, very vaguely, but it’s always the first thing that pops into my mind when I think about Christmas. When I was very young, my parents took me to a Christmas service where the entire church ceiling was hung with stars and angels. I mean, it was a MAGNIFICENT church. I was too young to think much of the service. I just remember staring at the ceiling all night and thinking that I must be in a dream, it was THAT beautiful. It gave me an idea of what the shepherds must have felt like when they saw the angels against the night sky and heard their music. If I was that awed by church decorations, imagine how much more awed they were to see REAL ANGELS dancing and singing against a glorious, real sky with REAL STARS. And one INCREDIBLE Christmas star! This is just one memory that has stuck with me for years, so I guess it is, in a way, my favorite. Even if I don’t remember it in very great detail.
10. What do you like better – singing Christmas songs or wrapping gifts?
CHRISTMAS SONGS ALL THE WAY!!! As I said before, I LOVE LOVE LOVE music. I think it’s one of God’s greatest gifts to us. So my answer HAS to be Christmas songs.
11. What do you dislike about Christmas? (If anything)
I guess this isn’t about the holiday itself, but I don’t like what the world makes of Christmas. It’s all about running off to the mall to find the most extravagant and expensive gifts, the pressure of gift-giving, competing with each other to see who has the best decorations, and just finding every possible way to make Christmas less about Christ and more about the December 25th we created. It always makes me sad to see empty people rushing about who obviously know nothing about the true meaning of Christmas. So yeah, that’s the one thing I really dislike.
12. What’s your favorite Christmas decoration?
The nativity scenes! I think they’re just so pretty. They’re really simple and modest, which makes them even more special. They don’t call attention to themselves or how you arranged them – they call attention to the little baby in the manger. Honestly, keep a nativity scene up all year – it’s not weird, it’s nice! XD
Okay, now that I’ve answered the questions, here are my nominees!
12. Any of you who want to do it!! XD
And if any of my nominees are award free, or someone else tagged you for this tag (yeah, I’m kind of new to these things if you couldn’t tell!) that is totally okay! If you want to do it for fun, great! But there is absolutely NO PRESSURE. If I nominated you, it’s because I love your blog. So yeah, please do not feel any pressure to do this, but if you think it sounds like fun, then go for it!
And here are my questions for the nominees:
1. What would you say to Santa if you caught him sliding down your chimney?
2. Which do you like better – snowmen or snow angels?
3. Would you rather have elves’ ears or Rudolph’s nose?
4. What’s your favorite Christmas book?
5. Do you listen to Christmas music all year round?
6. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or use candy canes as crutches?
7. Which do you like better – gingerbread cookies or sugar cookies?
8. Does it snow where you live, and if so, what’s your favorite snow activity?
9. Name one gift you bought for someone else this Christmas.
10. What do you think would make a good stocking stuffer?
11. Do any of you know if there really was a “little drummer boy”? (I’m curious!)
12. Which do you like better – hot chocolate or hot cider?
So, that’s it!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun answering the questions, so thanks again, Addie!
Before I close, I want to let you guys know that there is a new page up on this website. It’s called THE WIDOW OF NAIN and is a short story based on Luke 7:11-17. It may be up only temporarily, so if you’re interested, feel free to check it out!
You know the drill – eat, pray, write, repeat!