Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Fun

Thanks to writing bud Betsy St. Amant for this Christmas questionnaire! Check out her blog at Betsy-Ann.blogspot.com.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
both, whatever’s handy!

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificialno timeline that way, no dropped needles (mostly) and best of all, no sneeeeezing.

3. When do you put up the tree? When our whole family is together (the closer to Thanksgiving the better)

4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime in early January.

5. Do you like eggnog? Bleh!!!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? At Christmas? A doll which crawled. At a birthday? A table top school desk/chalk board with sliding doors and compartments holding chalk, magnetic letters and numbers and cards with words for learning to read and write.

7. Hardest person to buy for? teen and pre-teen nephews :-)

Hey, where's #8??? Great question. I have no idea! But I added 22.5 below.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Two. We lost one during a move and couldn’t find it, so I gave up and found a 75% off sale and bought a second one. This year, they’re both up! One in the dining room China cabinet and one in the living room on the stereo cabinet.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail mail—call me old fashioned.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? … drawing a blank on this one. I remember my uncle and dad would recycle an ancient dust broom and wrap it up in several boxes for the person to open. It looked like the best present of all! But when my dad got to the center, it was that stupid dust broom. Best part about that? Laughter! “You got me again!”

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Hmm… Love “While You were Sleeping” and Hallmark’s “A Season for Miracles.” This year it was “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on Hallmark. Also enjoyed “Moonlight and Mistletoe.”

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually after Thanksgiving, though never on “get-out-of-the-red” Friday. (that’s my term for the shopping Friday after Thanksgiving)

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Ummm… I’ll never tell. ;-}

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Sugar cookies in Christmasy shapes and colorful frosting!

16. Lights on the tree? Clear/pale yellow, not colorful since we got this new artificial tree. Never planned to go in that direction, but actually, it’s gorgeous!

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Oh boy, great year to ask this question. Generally, we travel (thanks to dh’s Mom and Dad!) but this year, after spending a night stranded at the airport, we’re back home. For now.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. And of course Rudolph.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star!

21. Open the presents Christmas eve or Christmas day? Both. One for the kids on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? When people have cranky attitudes while out shopping.

22.5 Favorite part of this time of year? The almost magical feeling of expectation and joy in the air; general good will everywhere.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Red and gold, esp. but also blue with white

24. Favorite part of Christmas dinner. Turkey, potatoes/gravy and dill pickles!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? To be with our family, safe and warm.

26. Who is most likely to respond to this? Folks who have time between all their other obligations. ;-)

Who else wants to play? Copy and paste onto your blog and let me know if you did!!!