New Quiz: What’s Your Holiday Style?

blonde girl dressed up as a holiday fairy
How do you rock the holidays?

Wow! I can feel it in the air, the holidays are upon us. I hope your holiday season has been fun filled and joyous so far. Mine has – I have really enjoyed shopping for presents, buying a few decorations, and getting lots of treats for stockings. Later on, I think I will treat myself to some holiday movies (looking forward to rewatching Love Actually and Scrooged), as well as a marathon cookie baking / frosting session! I really live for a quiet holiday at home. Too much travel or fuss tends to stress me out 🙂

Isn’t it cool how we each celebrate the holidays differently? We all have our unique holiday style. Some of us like to do the whole holiday party thing, while some of us enjoy a little extra nesting this time of year. (Pretty sure we all like getting presents though!) Thinking about our differing holiday types inspired me to write a quiz about it: What’s Your Holiday Style? I love to hear how other people celebrate and what brings them meaning this time of year. It’s so great how we all find our all special meaning this time of year.

Are you more of a glam celebrator? Or a laid back homebody? Your holiday style is more than what you wear for the holidays (although that’s a part of it…I’m looking at you, Christmas sweater fans!). It’s a reflection of who you are.  So take the quiz to find out: What’s Your Holiday Style?

Comment below and let me know what your holiday style is. Also, I’d love to know what little thing you are doing this year to make the holidays special. It can be as simple as having a little extra hot chocolate or as elaborate as a big family project. All that matters is that it’s special for you!


Quiz: Do You Have the Christmas Spirit?

snow covered Christmas tree with ornaments on it

I have to admit that until recently, I didn’t have much holiday spirit going on. I know, I know… pretty shameful for someone who likes the holidays as much as I do. That’s not to say I was a total Grinch or Scrooge. I just wasn’t thinking about the holidays.

But today, it happened. I started writing a holiday themed quiz for Blogthings, put on some holiday music, and drank a little nog. And really, that’s all it took. I had my holiday spirit back, and I don’t think it’s going away until January. It’s time to get the tree up, the presents bought and wrapped, and the cookies baking (my favorite part)!

What about you? Do You Have the Christmas Spirit? (Really, “holiday spirit.” All holiday celebrations are welcome at Blogthings!) This quiz will gauge your holiday spirit … and maybe even give you a few ideas of how to get more into the season. I know for myself, sometimes I just need to get started to get my holiday spirit going. I find it a little more difficult now that I live in a place with no snow, but there is something rather lovely about a sunny Christmas.

Anyway, take Do You Have the Christmas Spirit?, and let me know what you get. I’m curious to know which one of you has the most holiday spirit. And the least!

And let me know what you do to raise your holiday spirits and spread cheer to those around you. This is a happy time of year for many of us, but I also know that some dread the holidays. I’d love to exchange ideas about how we can make it better for everyone. The small thing I do is make sure I’m extra polite to retail clerks when I’m out shopping and considerate to other shoppers. Everyone is stressed, so I try to make it as easy on people as possible.

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Quiz: What’s Your Holiday Wish?

winter tree with two bulb ornaments
What are you wishing for this holiday?

The holidays are in full force right now (Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating), and while presents are fun, I think we all agree that there is a deeper meaning to the season. You don’t have to be a particular religion (or even religious at all) to feel a bit of holiday spirit this time of year. For me, it’s all about giving thanks and giving back. You know all those little acts of kindness and donations we forget during the year? For me, this is the time to do them.

So along those lines, I love the idea of holiday wishes. Even if they are just symbolic, I like taking the time to think about the world I’m in and how it could be a better place. In this era of self-gifting and wishlists, it’s nice to think about someone other than yourself. And that’s exactly what a holiday wish is.

My wish for every Blogthings quiz fan this year is that they have a happy holiday and prosperous new year. Whether 2012 was the best year ever, worst year ever, or just so-so, I’m hoping you have a much better 2013. And I hope this holiday season brings you all the joy, memories, and goodies that you could hope for.

In this spirit, I wrote the quiz What’s Your Holiday Wish? Some of the outcomes are silly. Some are spiritual. And some are special in their own way. Take it and let me know what you think of your result. Comment below to let me know.

And also let me know what your holiday wish for this season is. I’d like to know what is on your mind this time of year. It can be as general or as personal as you’d like. Just put it out into the universe and see what happens 😉


Quiz: The Holiday Card Test

holiday card with a drawing of two snowmen at night
What do your holiday cards say about you?

It’s that time of year again for me. The time of year I both love and still somehow dread – holiday card season. I love both receiving and sending out holiday cards, even though every year I procrastinate until the last minute. I’m not really entirely sure why that is 😉

Growing up, a lot of my friends’ families were in the military. So I’d be great friends with someone for a few years, and then they’d be gone forever. (These were the days before the internet was a thing. Pretty scary!) Anyway, every year I would anxiously check our family’s mailbox a few times a day. I loved getting cards from old friends. I missed them so much, and this time of year I would hear from all of them. In some ways, it was my favorite part of the holidays. Even better than the presents and the treats.

Of course, now that we do have the internet, holiday cards have fallen out of fashion with some people, especially those my age and younger. I still send them though! Call me old school, but I think there is something especially nice about a handwritten card. In this era of digital communication, they are more important than ever. Yes, they are a bit of a pain to do, but like all difficult things in life, they are worth it.

So before I sit down to address my holiday cards this year (or Christmas cards – not getting into that debate), I wanted to revisit a favorite Blogthings quiz: The Holiday Card Test – I had so much fun creating this quiz because the images really inspired me.

Give it a try, and let me know what your result was. Was it accurate for you? And I’m curious, do you like receiving holiday cards? Do you send them as well?


Quiz: What Christmas Tree Are You?

Decorated Christmas Tree With Several Wrapped Presents
What kind of Christmas tree should you have?

All of a sudden, Christmas trees are everywhere. Has anyone else noticed this? I’ve seen Christmas trees by the side of the road for sale, and I also saw them at the grocery store last weekend. I’m loving this development. I think the smell of a pine tree is the number one thing that makes me feel like it’s the holidays. Well, besides hearing holiday music everywhere!

Besides seeing unadorned trees out and about, I’ve be noticing the decorated trees that friends (including many Blogthings fans) have been posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While it’s true that I’m feeling like a bit of a slacker for not having my tree up yet, I have also found these Christmas tree pictures to be inspiring! So many of you have an amazing sense of style when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Can I just come and live with you this month?

Are you going to have a Christmas tree this year? I don’t always do one, but I’m going to try to have my first Christmas tree in a while. I hope my dog doesn’t eat it 🙂 After a couple recent moves, I’m a little short on holiday decorations, so I’m looking to start fresh with new stuff. When I say fresh start, I mean it. I own absolutely zero Christmas ornaments right now. So yeah, it’s time for me to get moving and get creative. You all have been helping me with your lovely pictures! And besides getting inspired from all you, What Christmas Tree Are You? also inspired me.

Of course, my only problem now is that I’m a little too inspired. Every type of holiday decor appeals to me. It’s hard to pick just one. What Christmas Tree Are You? says that I am a Bright Christmas Tree, so maybe I should just go with that. Decisions, decisions!

Take the quiz, and comment below to let me know your result and what you think of it. And if you have time, tell me how your Christmas tree reflects your personality.


What Holiday Cocktail Are You?

I’m not much of a drinker, but I couldn’t resist writing a holiday cocktail quiz this year. Holiday cocktails are just so festive, and besides, I think even some of us light drinkers enjoy a toast during the holidays. Even without the drinking (and I know a lot of Blogthings fans don’t drink), there’s something sweet about a toast during the holidays. I love to raise my class (even if it’s just filled with sparkling juice) to the year I just experienced, the year to come, and friends old and new.

Do you love to toast? I wish I knew how to give toasts as well as some of my friends do. I’m always a happy participant, but I am almost certain that I would freeze up if I had to lead a toast. In my opinion, the perfect toast is both heartfelt and funny. Not too long and not too short. There’s a real artform to speaking on the fly like that, and I am not sure I have it 🙂 Oh well, maybe one day I’ll get enough courage!

I hope you agree that holiday cocktails is a fun topic. Take my latest quiz to find out: What Holiday Cocktail Are You?
Comment below and let me know what you got. Do you have a favorite holiday cocktail? I’m a big fan of eggnog, but without the booze. 🙂 And what are you toasting to this year?

Since I can’t ring in the new year with all of you in real life, let’s do a virtual toast. (This is the perfect opportunity for me to practice those toasting skills…)

I’d like to propose a toast to all of you. Thanks for making Blogthings fun in 2012, and thanks for fixing all my little errors. It’s been a real pleasure to share quizzes with each and every one of you. Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s to a great 2012!!!


The Christmas Sweater Test

Do you have a holiday sweater or two that you love to wear? I do! I have a few holiday sweaters in constant rotation, and I usually buy a new one each year. Holiday sweaters make me feel festive and cozy. I love to throw on a pair with jeans and comfy boots, and I’m all set for holiday shopping at an outdoor mall. Plus some of the newer styles are more wintery than holiday, and they’re more suitable for everyday winter wear.

I hope my holiday sweaters aren’t the ugly holiday sweaters that everyone talks about. I happen to think my sweaters are cute, but doesn’t every non-ironic ugly sweater wearer think that? The again, maybe it’s okay if my holiday sweaters are ugly. Ugly holiday sweaters are all the rage here, with tons of ugly holiday sweater parties. I’ve these ugly holiday sweaters going for a ton at local vintage shops, so if you have some in your closet, you may have a moneymaker on your hands.

Anyway, this quiz is not about ugly holiday sweaters… it’s about gorgeous ones. I designed this quiz because I love Christmas sweaters / holiday sweaters / winter themed sweaters. I decided to include cute sweaters as opposed to ugly ones, because no one usually wants to choose their favorite ugly picture. (At least I don’t!) Take this quiz, and learn about how you are during the holidays: The Christmas Sweater Test

After you take The Christmas Sweater Test, let me know what you get. Does it suit your personality? Also are you a fan of holiday sweaters? Do you like the ugly ones or the cute ones?

Just to let everyone know, you definitely don’t have to celebrate Christmas to take this quiz. Everyone should be able to enjoy it, regardless of what you do and don’t celebrate. Hope you like it 🙂


Should You Shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Welcome to one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Should you head out and brave the crowds? Take my latest quiz to find out: Should You Shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Comment below and let me know what your holiday shopping plans are. Are you going to save or splurge this year? What’s your strategy?


Are You Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Merry Christmas Eve to all! Do you prefer Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? I have to say that I really prefer Christmas Eve. It’s just such a quiet night with so much anticipation. I love a chilly Christmas Eve under a starry sky. My favorite Christmas Eve traditions include snuggling under a blanket for a Christmas movie, drinking peppermint hot chocolate, and tracking Santa with NORAD.

What about you? Do you have a preference between the two? Take this quiz to find out which one you are: Are You Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? And no matter what your quiz result is, Happy Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays!


What Christmas Character Are You?

I love Christmas traditions, both old and new. And while Christmas characters like Santa and Rudolph fall somewhere in between, they are definitely part of my Christmas. I grew up watching that old Rudolph claymation special on TV, so it’s just not Christmas for me without a lot of reindeer and Santa.

I think we love these Christmas characters so much because we identify with them. Some of us are shy like Rudolph, generous like Santa Claus, or even a bit grumpy like the grinch. Do you agree? Are you a Santa or a grinch? Maybe a Rudolph? Take my latest quiz to learn: What Christmas Character Are You?