Christmas meme

Jenn made me do it, I swear.

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? chocolate...Penzey's mix is the best.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I do the wrapping around here.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I think lights on the house are a waste of energy. But I do like white lights on a tree.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, that's corny.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Erm, we don't. Well, the last two years my family came here for Christmas, so we did a little bit. The first time we got the last tree for sale in front of the corner butcher shop for $5. It was about three feet tall, and the hardware store was out of tree stands, so we bought a plastic paint bucket and filled it with gravel from the driveway. It was sooooo ghetto. Not as ghetto as last year when we just picked up an errant evergreen branch off the ground, stuck it in a vase, and hung a couple ornaments from it. This year with a Very Curious Explorer (cough cough Daniel ahem) in the house, it's just as well we don't have any decorations up.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Is there a holiday dish that isn't dessert?

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Most Christmases from my childhood are all blurred together in my memory. We always, always drove to Kansas to see all our relatives, which I was always very excited about. One year the weather was so bad they closed the interstates and there was no room at the inn, so we had to stay in an armory. There weren't shepherds and wise men, but I do remember a little dog who had his own styrofoam bowl to pee in.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't think my parents ever led us to believe Santa was real. They still left cookies out for him, though.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
That's when we do our gift-opening, actually.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
See #5.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Loved it when we first moved to Wisconsin. Now totally over it.

12. Can you ice skate?

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Last year my brother gave me a guitar, which was great. I wish I had more time to play it, though.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
My mom always makes kick-ass Christmas cookies, all kinds. I can't really choose a favorite.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Singing carols and drinking wine...preferably at the same time.

17. What tops your tree?
Enough with the tree questions!

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
I suppose the Good answer to this one is giving. Can't say I mind the receiving part, though :)

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Silent Night

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Yuck, but I eat them anyway.

21. Favorite Christmas movie?
Cheesy Christmas movies aren't my thing. I enjoyed "Love Actually," actually.

22. What do you leave for Santa?
Nothing. I guess we're not very hospitable.

Geez, this thing makes me look like a Scrooge. Ah, well. Maybe when Daniel's older we'll be more in the holiday spirit and do more holiday "things." We keep things low-key here. I know most people - women in particular, for some reason - get all in a tizzy about decorating and shopping and sending cards out and making cookies and knitting socks for everyone they know, and that just seems stressful to me. Hand me a glass of mulled wine and a book of carols to sing with some good company, and I'm a happy camper.


Before you blame me, you should blame Tooz for sending that e-mail around! LOL!

Seriously, glad to know I could pass on a Meme. And thanks Tooz for sending me that one. It was fun, and I like reading other people's answers. Now if we could just get some of you others started on the list so I could read theirs, too... (you know who you are..Ann, Lydia, Everett, Becca, Julez...)

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