Dec 23, 2008

Christmas Tag

Since I'm too tired to do anything that needs doing but I can't go to sleep because I'm a mommy...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Eh, gift bags. Except wrapping paper is cheaper, so that's mostly what I use. I have learned, however, not to buy the giant rolls at Costco because I get really bored of the same old paper year after year!
2. Real tree or Artificial?
Real, and I like the actual cutting-it-down adventure.
3. When do you put up the tree?
As late as possible so as to delay the drama of broken/moved ornaments.
4. When do you take the tree down?
Sometime the week after Christmas.
5. Do you like eggnog?
Nope, not a fan.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
The ones I remember best are the dolls with homemade clothes from Mom...even though I wasn't really a doll person. :)
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Garry, because I can never afford what he wants. (Love ya, babe.)
8. Easiest person to buy for?
This year, Tyler.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, courtesy of Duane & Becky, Christmas 1998.
But I have my eye on the Willow Tree collection...someday.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Of course I love to receive the snail mail variety! We usually do the e-thing, but this year ventured into the USPS thing, and, well, you know how that turned out.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Yikes! Who would answer that???
The most awkward Christmas present I got was in 1997 -- a pair of gloves from a boy I'd been dating but wanted very much to break up with. He was all tender and gushy and I was all freaked out about what the gloves meant. Just thinking about it makes me glad I don't have to date anymore. (Note: Two months later I was engaged to Garry, whom I had not even met at Christmastime 1997.)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I just saw Serendipity, and that was a fun one, but Diego Saves Christmas is pretty awesome, too.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually in conjunction with or shortly after Zachary's October 19 birthday.
This year, about December 1.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Nope. Wedding gifts, yes...
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Cookies. All kinds of delicious cookies that show up at our house.
Like the chocolate ones that arrived late last night...omg, tdf.
16. Lights on the tree?
Yeah, but this year they are so haphazard it's not even funny!
17. Favorite Christmas song?
O, Come, All Ye Faithful and The Christmas Waltz.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We've stayed home so many of the last seven years that I'm excited to travel this year...after Santa comes to our house.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Certainly. But don't ask me to sing the song.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Actually, we have a Santa hat on top with a matching tree skirt.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
I enjoyed the Christmas Eve pajamas tradition as a kid and with my own until this year...we're trying a new Christmas Eve gift and I hope it will become a tradition!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
That the real meaning of the season can easily get lost with the commercialistic hype. (I'm not immune to this syndrome.)
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Ditto to Granny: sentimental hodge podge.
24. Favorite time for Christmas dinner?
Whatever time the cook wants to feed me.
We do a nice dinner on Christmas Eve, not on Christmas...
Perhaps this would change if anyone but my fave five were eating.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
What do I want or what did I decide to get?
Garry and I opted to be responsible and {finally} get started on food storage and emergency supplies. (Thus the freezer and water barrels.)
What I really want is new drapes and paint and rugs in the living areas upstairs.
And Garry really wants a giant television.
See what I mean about commercialistic hype?

Merry Christmas!
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