have posted over at bakebakebake
Snagged from delphipsmith
:1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate since I still haven't found out what egg nog is. I could google it, I suppose...2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I wouldn't know. Father Christmas wraps his presents.3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White, candle-style lights on both the inside and outside tree and colourful fairy lights in the tiny round gable window. Although... I have to check. The fairy lights are nearly as old as I and spare coloured bulbs seem to be rare. I think the fairy lights might have morphed to white lights by now.4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Rarely.5. When do you put your decorations up?
General decorations go up between the weekend before first Advent and the Saturday before first Advent. The Christmas tree itself goes up in the morning of Christmas Eve.6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Stollen. And 'Baumstamm' marzipan = a chocolate-covered marzipan log with a noisette filling.7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Finally being allowed to help decorate the tree. 8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What do you mean?9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We open all our gifts on Christmas Eve. As is proper over here. *nods*10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Candle-style lights, glass baubles, glass bells, wooden ornaments (Erzgebirge style:
) such as angels, nutcrackers, little toys, our very old leonic wire stars, gilded nuts. Tinsel only every other year.11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
LOVE IT!! Unfortunately, a white Christmas is rather unlikely in Berlin.12. Can you ice skate?
Not really. I don't fall every few steps but I am far from doing pirouettes.13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
A huge Playmobil robber baron castle!14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
My family.15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Baked apples. Mmmhhh.16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Decorating the tree with the radio playing Christmas songs in the background. Christmas markets and Mutzenmandeln. Watching 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella' at least ten times between first Advent and New Year (have already seen it twice this year :)) Watching the children unwrap their presents. Cooking swede and potato stew with the turkey leftovers on Boxing Day. I guess it's just the magic of it all, the predictability of the season that comes with old traditions, wherever we might be :)17. What tops your tree?
Either a traditional tree topper similar to this one:
or a silver-plated star.18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Giving:) Although I wouldn't mind if somebody would pick up on the broad hints I've been dropping regarding that necklace we saw at the pumpkin market.19. Candy Canes?
Exotic.20. Favorite Christmas show?
As in film? 'Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella', 'Good King Wenzeslas' and 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'.21. Saddest Christmas Song?
Little Drummer boy. *bawls*22. What is your favorite Christmas song?
'Morgen Kinder, wird's was geben' because it's so happy, 'Silent Night' just before the gift-unwrapping-madness starts and 'Gloria in exelsis deo'.23. Christmas morning: up at the crack of dawn, or sleep in?
Sleep in. We celebrate on Christmas Eve, so Christmas morning is for sleeping in before getting the turkey ready and the red cabbage and the potato dumplings and the apples :)24. Do you send actual paper Christmas cards?
Only to people who live far away. When living abroad I send cards to all my friends and family in Germany but not this year - I'll see all of them at some point :)25. Strangest place you've ever spent Christmas (Eve or Day, your choice)?
The Autobahn. My parents thought it would be a good idea to start our skiing holiday on Christmas Eve because the highways are empty on that day. We arrived rather late in Austria, decorated the little tree that the forester had delivered and 'celebrated' Christmas at around ten o'clock. Might sound romantic but was just tiring and rushed.