The 12 Questions of Christmas

I’m linking up with Elaine and Kir today for some Old School Blogging!  This month the questions all have to do with the holidays…something we are SO excited about here in Sluiter Nation.

First things first: 1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

We celebrate Christmas in Sluiter Nation, but we do it about eight times, so does that count as eight crazy nights? We are all about seeing as many of our friends and family as we possibly can this time of year while still getting some quiet, lovely time with just our family.

Peppermint or Chocolate?

If had to choose between the two, I pick chocolate, BUT because it’s CHRISTMAS many times they are combined which is one of my favorite things EVER!

Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

I will admit that one of my favorite Christmas songs is one of the top most ANNOYING song for most people: Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”. I don’t know if I love it because it’s catchy and so much of an earworm, of if I love it because it bothers everyone else. Either way, BOOM!  I also love John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas”. Maybe I just like the Beatles.
Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition?

We actually have tons of traditions, but one of my favorites is making Christmas cookies with my family. Ever since I was small, my family has been doing it. It used to be a Sunday afternoon at my Grandma’s house with my aunts and all my cousins. When Grandma couldn’t do it anymore, my mom would do it at our house with me and my brothers. As we all started to get married, spouses came along and contributed. Then our kids. Now it is a full blown tradition! And we make a LOT of cookies.

C’mon you remember your favorite  (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:

I don’t really remember any particular Christmas present that stands out as BEST EVER. Although, nine years ago this month, my first nephew was born four days before Christmas.  That was a pretty awesome gift.
That magical moment? (Your favorite scene was a Holiday’s okay if you have 2)

All of the scenes in A Christmas Story. Best holiday movie ever. It is not even up for discussion.

Kissing under the mistletoe? Who do you hope is standing underneath(We know it’s normally your spouse, if it didn’t have to be, who would you choose?)

Even if it didn’t have to be, I would still choose Cortney every day ending in “y”. I know…cue the Mush Police, but it’s the truth, yo.

Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

The only quiet thing on the list is the golden rings, so I’ll take those. If anyone gives me birds for Christmas I will put a bounty on their head.

Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

I have a few students I would give the gift of modesty to.

Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)

I would consider myself more like the family on A Christmas Story. I’m DEFINITELY not Martha Stewart and I’m not a Grinch. Christmas sort of vomits on our house.

What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)

Joy. Definitely Joy.

If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your CHRISTMAS LIST?

For myself, I would wish for a bigger house where I could have my own office/work room and more closet/storage space.  For others, I wish for one more day with some they love that has gone on to heaven.


What about you? Do you have the holiday spirit bubbling inside of you waiting to vomit all over your blog? Then come link up!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. If you read mine you will know that A Christmas Story is one of my favorites too! 😉

    And we both don’t like birds! We have so much in common… The cookies too! We either make them here or at my Mom’s. Cut-out cookies to decorate are a MUST!

    Thanks for holiday-ing it up with us, Katie girl! Merry Christmas!

  2. I loved that you played, THANK YOU.
    I also love when a HOLIDAY “Vomits all over a house and a life” ..that is, as it should be, I think. 🙂

    I don’t bake, well I might make more Caramel Apple cupcakes next week, and enjoy them for my brother….I love reading your posts like this. Knowing you in real life now, I know that it’s what makes you the AWESOMENESS of you Katie.


  3. Those cookies look soooo good!
    And your decorating style sounds like mine 🙂
    For me, Christmas is also all about joy!

  4. I loved reading these. My favourite Carol is Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, and my favourite scene is from It’s a Wonderful Life.

    And there is absolutely no one I’d want to kiss other than my one and only. 🙂

  5. Can I come to that cookie party next year? Because it just looks boss.

  6. I love that Christmas vomits at your house. Also I kinda want to come up there and help with those cookies. That sounds like fun.

  7. Oh I hear you about Christmas vomited on the house. I have it everywhere. Including the bathroom which has a Santa toilet cover that elicited the response of ‘ REally mom Really?” From my youngest who just turned 14 lol..

  8. I love the description that Christmas vomits in your house. lol Sounds fun!
    I have the Wonderful Christmas Time song in my head now….and if you read my list you might get an earworm too, there’s one on there that most people HATE but I love it!
    I love chocolate…I love peppermint, but the combo – I can’t stand!
    I choose my hubby as my mistletoe kiss too, but we’re newly weds so I can get away with it. 😉

  9. I am not a fan of birds either.
    Chocolate FTW!

  10. That definitely counts as 8 crazy nights! Holy cow! I love your cookie making tradition! How fun! Joy is a great word for sure.

  11. love your decoration description. I suppose I could apply that “vomit” theory to how my children decorate the Christmas tree.
    My family always used to put several boxes of those After Eight mints on the tables at Christmas. We kids grew up trying to steal as many as possible – because best thing ever!! LOL (ok, I still secretly really like them.)

  12. I remember baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my grandma and now do it with my girls – one of my favorite things ever!

  13. I like that Paul McCartney song too! It is so happy and catchy that people can’t help but sing along – and keep singing it all day long.

  14. Your Christmas Wish List brought tears to my eyes. To have another day with someone I love who has gone to heaven, would be heaven. A lovely sentiment…

  15. Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is definitely my favorite holiday tradition. We’re finally able to get everyone together to do it this weekend and I can’t wait!

  16. Can you believe how many birds there are in the 12 Days of Christmas!? When I did my Old School Blogging post I had to google the lyrics and was shocked. I would also be pretty angry if someone gave me birds 🙂

  17. Joy was my word too! I love that it is snowing on your blog! Merry Christmas!


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