Tag! You’re It Christmas Style

I absolutely love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday. As a little kid I was never allowed to celebrate Christmas because of our religion. We didn’t believe in it and I was unable to participate in any Christmas tradition. No tree, no lights, no gifts, no music. Nothing. It was not allowed. For me, I decided I wanted to live life differently and I embraced a new way of life when I was 16. I was going to have Christmas, dammit!

My husband still makes fun of me because to this day I still have not seen A Christmas Story, I don’t know the words to many of the Christmas carols and until two years ago I hadn’t seen any of the original Christmas movies. You know…Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus is coming to Town. I didn’t know any of them. But all of that is changing this year. I have a daughter who is super excited about our Christmas tree, our hanging stockings, the lights around the windows and our festive decorations.

There is something about “Christmas Eve Sarajevo” from the TransSiberian Orchestra that just pumps me up! So because of things like this I wanted to know more about how other people celebrate Christmas and what fun traditions they partake in.

Welcome to Tag! You’re it ~ Christmas Style!


My goal is to get this to hop around all the different blogs and have everyone learn something about the blogs and people they follow ~ Christmas Style! So … pick five bloggers that you want to know more about their Christmas traditions. Tag the bloggers you picked and have them write up a post with the answers to 5 questions that you want to know about. Make sure you link back to Raising Reagan so we can all check out which blogs have participated and all say Hello! Make sure you do an initial post with the questions answered and then TAG your next five bloggers!

My questions to my five bloggers ~

1. What makes Christmas such a special holiday for you and your family?

It is my favorite holiday as I mentioned earlier. Being able to celebrate in the joy of the season makes me happy. Having a daughter to share it with, especially now that she is really getting into it makes it even better. I am addicted to the smell of Christmas, the cinnamon, the peppermint. I love Christmas lights, trees and music. I love Christmas music!

2. Were you told the truth about Santa Claus by your parents or did you find out another way? And..do you plan on lying to your kids (if you have them or plan on having them)? Oh yes…I went there. :)

Because we never celebrated Christmas I was told that Santa Claus was made up and never really existed. That it was a way for parents to bribe their children into being good. Yes, I am planning on lying to Reagan about Santa. In fact this year we got Elf on a Shelf and I’ve already started the “You better be good, the Elf is watching and she’s gonna report back to Santa!”

3. Real tree or Fake tree?

Fake ~ Hello? Clean freak with OCD…I am not vacuuming every day because the pine needles keep falling off! But…I love the smell of a fresh pine tree.

4. Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas Eve or both?

One on Christmas Eve, the rest Christmas morning.

5. What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch? Favorite Christmas song to sing or listen to? ( I know…technically two questions)

Little Women (Ok, not technically a Christmas movie ~ but I love to watch it at Christmas time!) Without a doubt my favorite Christmas Song is Do You Hear What I Hear.

For the inaugural Tag! You’re It Christmas Style ~ I am tagging the following five bloggers

Stefani ~ Miss Jo and Co

Leslie ~ Violet Imperfection

Kera ~ Nugget on a Budget

Jen ~ Adventures of our Army Life

Jen ~ That is What She Read

Because the response was so overwhelming I’m tagging more ladies that wanted to participate or I just wanted to read their answers! ~ Spread the Holiday Cheer everyone!

Jessica ~ Boys Oh Boys

Miss Portland Herself ~ Life on Peanut Layne

Sarah ~ Life in a Breakdown

Amy ~ Consider Me Inspired

Amy ~ Not Your Average Baby Blog

I hope you have a blast with this ladies and please make sure you come back and leave me a link to your post so I can read it. Please instruct the bloggers you tag to do the same for you and leave a link to Raising Reagan! Merry Christmas all!

♥ ♥ ♥

Today you can also find me over at Girl Booklet to see what I am addicted to during the winter holiday season!

Plus another giveaway! I know, right??

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  1. I watched the Christmas story for the very first time last year! I know, right?! Crazy!
    My recent post Thursday Thrill – A Cold Night's Golden Warmth

    • Hey, you're a year ahead of me!! My husband laughs at me. I haven't seen Charlie Brown Christmas or anything. Time to catch up! :)

  2. @VioletImperfect says:

    I love this! I will try to get my post up today! Great idea!

  3. Yay!! So excited. I'll be posting this this weekend for sure. :-) What a great idea!! :-)
    My recent post hell on wheels, or the time i traveled with a toddler

  4. Yes! I LOVE this idea. And I didn't know you didn't celebrate Christmas growing up! I'm happy for you that you decided to take your own path and do what made you happy :)

    So yeah…so excited to be one of the initial taggers :) Those are some dang good questions, too. Now…I'll need to get to writing my post. Thanks for putting some bloggy fun in the Christmas season mama! xo
    My recent post 30 days of thankful. weeks 3 & 4.

    • It was tough for me growing up and I never wanted to talk about it. But now…I let it out and share my experience with others! I'm so excited that you are participating. Can't wait to see who you tag!!

  5. Hi Lanaya,

    I love this idea! I'd be happy to blog about this too! Christmas is definitely my FAVORITE holiday. I will blog about this next Wednesday when I put up my next post!

  6. Jen from That's What She Read ~ Her Christmas Post and 5 bloggers that she tagged can be found here –> http://thatiswhatsheread.blogspot.com/2012/11/tag

  7. What a good idea for a post!! Love it. We did celebrate Christmas, but I wasn't allowed to believe in Santa so I'm kind of excited to do the whole Santa thing with my son : ) I believe in keeping the Christ in Christmas, but I don't see anything wrong with a little bit of Santa mixed in too : )

    • I'm super excited to do Santa with Reagan too. She's already so excited about Pia, her elf that keeps showing up to keep an eye on her! Thank you for coming by and commenting :)

  8. I love this and I saw it on a tweet and came over to check out the details after I retweeted it. I would love to participate in this. You always have something neat going on.
    My recent post For the Love of a Pine Cone

  9. localsugarhawaii says:

    Oh what fun. like riding in a one horse open sleigh through bloggy land. hah. You must watch A Christmas Story– it's total silliness.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    It was so wonderful to have your company this Wordless Wednesday. Thank you. I wanted to personally invite you to join me for An Aloha Affair . It's our sweet sort of gathering and growing together. Join us, if you please…


    • Thank you Nicole for the invite ~ I appreciate you coming by. I have really come to love your blog over the past couple of weeks that I have been a regular visitor. I would be happy to join you in the Aloha Affair! And…to watch A Christmas Story is definitely on the list this year :)

  10. what a cute idea!

  11. dancingwithashley says:

    In your defense, Frosty the Snowman is a hard song to learn. I was thinking about that…I don't think I know the lyrics to it either!

    • Thank you! I thought some of them would take me a while to get. Then again I have a two year old that is a walking parrot all the sudden so maybe I'll learn the lyrics rather quickly! Thanks for coming by!

  12. It's posted!! :-)
    My recent post a little game of christmas tag

  13. Do you might if I do this? I loveeeee the questions and I loveeeee Christmas :D xx

  14. hey there! thaks for stopping by and linking up at an aloha affair. im following backa nd drooling over those mini perppermint cheesecakes! :)
    My recent post aloha mobbin'!

  15. This is a really great idea :)

    • Thanks Ruth ~ Everyone is really excited about doing the posts. I figured it would be a fun "Get into Christmas" thing to do!

  16. You and your little one will be experiencing all of the Christmas traditions together! That's awesome too.
    I'm visiting from the Raising Imperfection Hop. Thanks for hosting.
    My recent post Flip Flops and Upside Down Christmas Trees

  17. My tree is real and yes I'm already hating the vacuuming after day 3… but the smell is so good! I've made a activity advent calendar so I have to do something festive every day, it's lots of fun! I hope you have a lovely festive season :)

    • Thanks for coming by Sylvia! Advent calendars are so cool. I've seen a few already this year through posts and can't wait to make one!

  18. Hi Lanaya, Here's a link to my blog where I answered your Christmas Questions! Thanks so much. I enjoyed doing this and reading everybody's comments! http://fernsmusicforkids.com/2012/12/05/december-

  19. Hey lanaya :) what an awesome idea! I had so much fun
    HEres my post
    I was tagged by Amy @ COnsider me inspired http://littleadventures-als.blogspot.com/2012/12/
    My recent post Tag, You're It- Christmas Style

  20. Hey girl! FINALLY wrote up my post! Hope you love it :) My tag-ees are excited to participate too! Happy Thursday mama. http://nuggetonabudget.blogspot.com/2012/12/ive-b
    My recent post i've been tagged!

  21. Love the Christmas Tag…I am so happy you started it! You can find my tags on my blog at:


  22. Had so much fun joining the Christmas Tag…thanks for starting it!! Here's my post and who I tagged- http://mylittlesmarties.blogspot.com/2012/12/tag….


    My recent post Tag You're It!

  23. Jenn @ Ripples&Waves says:

    So happy to participate! Here's my link-up and tags!

  24. Loved doing this! Here's mine: http://www.sarahandderek.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-c

    Happy Holidays!
    My recent post A Christmas Post (w/ a tag!)

  25. What a fun tag! Loved reflecting on Christmases past. http://d-and-s-macke.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-chris

    My recent post A Christmas Tag

  26. I love this idea! I'm so glad Kera tagged me and I got to participate. I just posted my TAG post.
    My recent post TAG…I'm It! {25 Days Link Up}

  27. I was tagged by someone else…but this was fun! http://dreamsandcolour.blogspot.ca/2012/12/christ
    My recent post Christmas Style- Tag! You're It

  28. Loved reading this! So glad that you were eventually able to embrace Christmas :)

    I was tagged by Kera, finally got my post up… thanks for the creative inspiration!

    Merry Christmas
    My recent post Late to the Party


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