Hope you’re all doing well!
I would like to thank my very sweet blogger friend Kate from the lovely blog Becoming Rivera for tagging me in her 20 Christmas Tag Questions post. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit her lovely blog and show her some love!
I am so excited that she tagged me because even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I still love the holiday season and all the festivities that occur during this time of the year.
I personally celebrate Eid which is a Muslim holiday that occurs twice a year and each Eid celebration lasts for three days. Because Muslims follow the lunar calendar each year the day that Eid starts varies a little.
The first Eid is immediately after the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast and don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. The second Eid is around two and a half months later and it is a celebration to commemorate the Hajj pilgrimage. For this year, both the Eid holidays have already passed.
Since Christmas is coming up I will answer each of the 20 questions from my perspective on Christmas and if I have anything to share about Eid I will share that as well.
1. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas?
For me personally, the sound of Jingle bells is associated with Christmas and whenever I hear a song that relates to Jingle Bells I know that Christmas is coming soon!
2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Even if I did celebrate Christmas I think I would probably never open any presents on Christmas Eve, because I think that one of the many things that makes Christmas special are the presents and gift exchanges.
Eid: In my family the adults don’t exchange gifts during Eid but they do shower the children with gifts and as a child I remember that my Eid gifts were always given on the first day of Eid.
3. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
What I love about Christmas is that all of my family members including my aunts and cousins are off from work so we have a chance to meet up and spend some much needed family time.
Eid: Whenever possible I love to spend time with my extended family during Eid. However, here in the U.S. sometimes this is difficult because if Eid comes in the middle of the week then its hard to request a day off from work and so sometimes not everyone is able to make it to the gathering. Sometimes if it does come during the week we try to celebrate it the following weekend.
I have to mention, that one of the things that I love about the Eid after Ramadan is that I get to eat again after a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset!
4. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I feel like I am the type of person that would use a fake Christmas tree just because I assume that this would be the cheaper option and maybe if its small enough I could keep it and use it again next year.
5. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
To be honest I don’t have one in particular that I would consider to be my favorite. But in general I do love watching Christmas movies because most of them are wholesome and family friendly which I think is great. This year, I have had some more free time so I have really been enjoying watching a number of different Christmas movies including Netflix’s A Christmas Prince.
6. Where do you usually spend your holidays?
Our holidays are always spent with the extended family. Most often we meet at either our house or my grandmothers house.
7. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Definitely Feliz Navidad
8. What is your all time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?
Any type of cookie. They used to call me the cookie monster when I was a kid. I like to enjoy a cookie with a cup of warm green tea.
9. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?
No its been such a long time since I’ve heard their names.
10. Be honest, do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts?
To be completely honest, I do like receiving gifts a little bit more. But its just because I think that giving a gift is something that takes some thoughtful thinking like I am always at least a little worried about whether the person is going to like my gift or not.
Of course, when giving gifts it is the thought that counts.
11. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
I love the fact that during Christmas time there is a positive vibe and I love that the mood is often very festive and joyous. I think that the same is true for Eid. And of course, I love that we get to spend time with the extended family.
12. When do you first get excited for Christmas?
I get excited for the holiday season when I start seeing Christmas decorations at my local stores.
Eid: During the last few days of Ramadan I get excited for the Eid festival.
13. What is the best Christmas gift that you have ever received?
One time a friend gave me some creams, lotions and body spray from Bath & Body Works and it came with an adorable tote bag.
Eid: In my culture most children are given cash for Eid and as a child I was given my fair share of cash. However, one year an uncle gifted me a huge stuffed animal and that became my favorite Eid gift because not only was it unique but it was very cute and soft as well.
14. Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I definitely am not a pro and to be honest I am quite lazy so I leave the wrapping to my mom who is definitely a pro.
15. As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
Thank God no this has never happened because I have two brothers who are a lot younger than me and our tastes are very different.
16. What would your dream place be to visit during the holiday season?
I have always lived in sunny southern California so I’ve never experienced the snow so I would really like to visit somewhere where I can see some snow!
17. Most memorable holiday moment?
One time during Eid my family had just finished eating and we sat and turned on the TV and we saw that there was a live concert of our favorite musician playing on the TV. It was exciting and very fun to watch a free concert in the comfort of our own home!
18. Do you make New Years Resolutions ? Do you stick to them?
I do but I usually just think about what things I want to change and/or improve but I get lazy and I don’t write them down so I often forget about them. However, I am working towards setting reasonable goals and hopefully this year I achieve some of them!
19. What makes the holidays special for you?
Without sounding too cliché I really do love all of the extra family time. I also love the lights and beautiful Christmas decorations and of course, the delicious food and sweet treats are definitely among my favorite things about the holidays.
20. You have been granted one Christmas wish…what will it be?
My beloved father has had some health issues this year and I hope that he regains his health.
I would like to tag any other blogger who sees this to complete their own Christmas 20 questions tag if they’re interested. I had a lot of fun completing this tag and I think these types of posts definitely help readers learn a little bit more about the blogger behind the blog.