He’s making a list and checking it twice

Busy Mom did a fun Christmas meme, so I thought I’d give it a shot as well. When you have nothing else to blog about, do a meme, right?

1. Wrapping or gift bags? I have no problem with either one. Wrapped presents always look nicer under a tree, but gift bags are reusable and just so darned convienent when you have an irregularly-shaped item to give someone.

2. Real or artificial tree? I grew up with a real tree until I was seven, and then it was fake all the way. And then I married the Webmaster, whose family owned a Christmas tree farm, and it is the highest form of sacrilege to even THINK about an artificial tree. Or so I’ve been told.

3. When do you put up the tree? Depends on when Thanksgiving is, but I generally like to have the tree on hand right after Thanksgiving so we can put it up on December 1st. We only get to have it for a month – we’d better enjoy it!

4. When do you take the tree down? January 2nd. At least, I try to. It is usually down by the first Saturday in January (if that’s not New Year’s Day), and I am usually the one doing all the dissassembling.

5. Do you like eggnog? Ewww, no! The Webmaster likes it, so I do buy it for him.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Too many to list, but some of my favorites include the dollhouse my father made for me, a pair of bears that my mom dressed up in wedding clothes (including scraps from her own wedding dress), and my lightsaber, which I still have.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes – my mother gave us one that she purchased in an antique store in the college town where the Captain and Q-Bee met the year that the Webmaster and I were first married, and we have the Fisher-Price one, of course.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Sorry, Grandma… a couple of years ago, she gave me some old Christmas decorations of hers (she actually wrapped them and stuck them under the tree). They were little houses, and as a toddler, I’d poked my finger through all the windows and broken them. So, of course, I deserved them, right?

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail them, and try to have enough Christmas postage stamps on hand.

10. Favorite Christmas Movie? Oh, that’s a hard one… I enjoy the kids’ movies so much, so I’ll have to say The Muppet Christmas Carol for the kid part of me and The Family Man for the grown-up part of me.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Who stops shopping for Christmas? If I find something for someone and their birthday is already past, it goes into the closet to wait for Christmas. This annoys the Webmaster terribly, because the closet is really only clean for about a month after Christmas, but it does spread around the expenditures quite a bit.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas morning brunch at my parents’ house. Mom always tries something new and different each year, and it never fails to please. I hear we’re having fruit smoothies this year with brunch.

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I grew up with colored, but decided on all clear lights once I had my own tree. I love the look of it, though I do like the colored strands, too.

14. Favorite Christmas song? “O Holy Night” or “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home sweet home! We do drive to the Webmaster’s family, but since we get home that same night, it’s more of a “drive” than an actual “travel.”

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer. Yes, and I can probably recite most of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as well.

17. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star, though the Webmaster had an angel and I grew up with a very old glass ornament at the top of my parents’ tree.

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Growing up, we did Christmas Eve presents with Grandma and Grandpa, then had stockings and tree presents at home on Christmas morning, and then proceeded over to Obachan and Ojichan’s for the rest of Christmas Day and had presents there. The Webmaster grew up in a Christmas Eve family, so we do Christmas Eve with his family and Christmas Day with mine, reserving Christmas morning for our own stockings and tree with the munchkins.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The commercialism and ads. I know I only have 4 more shopping days until Christmas – stop reminding me!!!

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Nope. I hope to have a Peanuts tree someday, but that will be an extra tree, not the main one.

21. What do you leave for Santa? Cookies and milk. Santa has his own special plate at our house – it’s actually a cheeseball plate, but it doubles as a cookie plate and has Santa’s face on it, just in case he thinks they were left for someone else.

22. Least favorite holiday song? “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – it’s okay once, but not once an hour on the radio.

23. Favorite ornament? Too many to choose from. Didn’t I do a whole post about this???

One Response to “He’s making a list and checking it twice”

  1. Webmaster
    December 21st, 2007 11:43

    10. Favorite Christmas Movie?

    Not A Christmas Story?