My beloved friend Rachel sent this to me, and gosh-darnit, there was just no way I could pass it up. But since I hate feeling like I am spamming people with stuff like this, I figured I’d just put it here…where the people who will love me no matter what come to see what’s going on. Here you go!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper, but I’m not good at it, so my laziness often wins out, and people get their gifts in bags even though I really prefer the paper. I have also been known to wrap presents in grocery bags (paper and plastic), paper towels, actual towels, toilet paper and fabric scraps. Creative tapelessness solutions are another story.
2. Real tree or Artificial?
I have had the same artificial tree since my sophomore year in college, and it still looks great! Ooooo! Time to plug it in!!
3. When do you put up the tree?
As soon as it is socially acceptable.
4. When do you take the tree down?
I try to get it down before my birthday.
5. Do you like eggnog?
SOYnog. With Disaronno. Rum schmum. Amaretto’s the way to go!
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Savings bonds, without a doubt. Actually, those turned out to be a REALLY great gift later, but we didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. I remember getting a scooter one year that I rode around the living room. That was pretty awesome.
7. Hardest person to buy for?
My mom, who will never tell us what she wants (hint, hint).
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Annabelle, because she doesn’t know the difference. And Rachel, because she’ll love it no matter what.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
I don’t. Hey, maybe if I did, I could arrange it any way I wanted to, and then I’d have it all out of my system by the time I got to my parents’ house. Then perhaps their baby Jesus would stay in his manger and off of the roof. Something to look into…
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Real mail is always far superior to email. Except when bills are involved. Then no mail is good mail.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I have no idea. I can’t remember anyone giving me a particularly bad gift. At least not with me in mind. I have, of course, received bad gifts from such gift exchange games as “Dirty Santa” (aka “White Elephant”), but I don’t think those really count.
12. Favorite Christmas
Oooooo…I have to pick just one? Nope! Watch this. I’m going to change the question. HaHA!! How do you like THAT? You didn’t even see it happen did you? To you, it looks like it was always that way. That’s the beauty of time travel, my friends. Mwaahahahaha…
17. Favorite Christmas song(s)?
“Deck the Halls (in 7/8),” “O Holy Night” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
But for replacing all the “yous” with “Jews,” NOTHING beats “Sleigh Ride.”
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Travel? Who said travel? I’m packed. Where are we going?
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
I have a star that I think topped my family’s tree for many a year during my childhood. I love it.
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning?
We open ONE on Christmas Eve after we get back from church, and we open the rest on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
All Christmas music, all the time. Don’t get me wrong now. I LOVE Christmas music. But ALL day? Every day? For over a month? That is too much, radio station!
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color?
For the past few years, I have had a blue, purple and silver tree, and it is lovely.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
You mean what to eat or whom to invite?
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Oh, I am SO glad you asked! I have no idea. Have to get back to you on that one.