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December 10, 2008

first christmas meme of the season
posted by soe 2:32 am

Sarah published this meme around Thanksgiving and I’ve been meaning to finish it and get it up for you. In the meantime, I’ve seen it a couple other places with two additional questions, so I added them in:

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Personally, I like wrapping paper, but I appreciate the ease of gift bags, particularly 3 a.m. or so on Christmas Eve…
  2. Real tree or artificial? Real, that we cut down from a tree farm. I do have a very nice fake desktop-sized tree that my Secret Santa freshman year of college gave me. It goes up on my desk at work.
  3. When do you put up the tree? Second Sunday after Thanksgiving (i.e., this past Sunday)
  4. When do you take the tree down? Generally, I try to take it down by the trash day after MLK Day.
  5. Do you like eggnog? Yes. As with all my beverages, though, I prefer it to be sans alcohol. And as I get older I find I prefer the light version to to the full-fat variety from the store, although the full-fat organic that Rudi and I had tonight as we were finishing up the tree-trimming was quite nice.
  6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmmm… The doll house my grandfather built me was a lovely gift when I was in first grade or so… My bike… The Cabbage Patch doll my folks had my great-grandmother make for me the year they were really big… My baby doll… Oh, and I loved books! The Louisa May Alcott set my paternal grandparents gave me… Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were series Mum began at Christmas for me… My class ring my senior year of high school… Goodness, I certainly had some really nice presents — both when I was a kid and more recently!
  7. Hardest person to buy for? My MIL is a toughie as she neither needs nor wants things.
  8. Easiest person to buy for? Dad, maybe, because he likes music so much…
  9. Do you have a nativity scene? No. Well, I have a small plastic nativity scene ornament I’ve had as long as I can remember.
  10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Tomorrow night’s holiday task is to start working on them.
  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Hmmm… I did once receive an ant farm as a Secret Santa gag gift. Does that count?
  12. Favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas has to be near the top.
  13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes, although maybe it doesn’t count if it’s alcohol?
  14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Stuffing. Trifle. Christmas cookies.
  15. Lights on the tree? Who doesn’t put lights on their tree? I prefer multi-colored lights. I used to use C7 bulbs when we lived in Connecticut, but in D.C. we opt for the smaller lights. And, for the first time this year, we had to add strands in after the tree was half decorated. They aren’t as evenly dispersed as they might have been if I’d had the correct number of working strands during our party, but I’d say it’s all worked out just fine. And our tree is much prettier now with 500 lights on it.
  16. Favorite Christmas song? It’s hard to beat “Silent Night” sung a cappella in candlelight.
  17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to Connecticut.
  18. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes. I believe Clement Moore came up with the first eight. And I know that Johnny Marks’ song (sung by Gene Autry) made Rudolph famous, even if they didn’t come up with the idea.
  19. Angel on the tree top or a star? We had an angel, but she was a little top-heavy, so our current tree-topper is a snowflake.
  20. Open presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.
  21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? My own grandiose expectations of what I ought to be accomplishing. Oh, and my inability to get packages to the post office. Several of the far away folks in my life will be receiving presents this year that I bought for last year…
  22. Favorite ornament theme or color? I prefer to avoid themes. And I like all colors. I have several favorite ornaments, though, including the personalized sled my first-grade teacher’s father made for each child in the class and the red-haired doll and the wooden angel riding a horse — neither of which can I recall a Christmas without.
  23. What do you want for Christmas this year? Is it cheesy to say peace and good health and kindheartedness and lots of laughter?
  24. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Well, other than those gifts I bought last year for people but neglected to mail, I’d guess earlier this fall…
  25. Favorite Christmas dinner? Thanksgiving redux: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and lots of side dishes.
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