Saturday, November 11, 2006

Christmas Meme

Here ya you try it!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? This is an interesting question for us. When Cheryl was growing up, they were unwrapped, when I was growing up, they were wrapped. SO, we keep going back and forth about what to do. I always wrapped Gillian's presents, but since we met when Gillian was 7 she didn't have a say in it. Now that we have Katie and Gillian doesn't believe in Santa, we have another decision to make!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nope....

5. When do you put your decorations up? If it were up to me they would go up the day before Christmas and down the day after (scrooge). Cheryl likes to start a week after Thanksgiving and take down a week after New Years.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? My mother's stuffing. We make it with potatoes.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: All of us sitting around my Grandparents table eating Christmas dinner.

8. When did you stop believeing in santa? I think someone blew it for me early on, but in our house we had NO money and I think I thought if I stopped believing in Santa then I wouldn't have ANY presents so I "believed" in him for a long time!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? I want to do this. And have it be pj's that we would all wear on Christmas morning (I love those Hanna Anderson ones) but Cheryl say's no.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? We put it up and then we all take turns hanging decorations on it. I usually take pictures while we are doing it.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Living in Upstate NY where we get easily over 150" a year and usually over a foot at a time, I HATE IT!

12. Can you ice skate? Not since I had my ankle reconstruction surgery :)

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Getting contacts when I was in 10th grade

14. What's the most exciting thing about the Holidays for you? Watching my kids and all the wonder that is Christmas. I love that Katie believes in Santa and the magical wonder of her thinking he is coming on Christmas Eve. Since we have started back to church and I have reaffirmed my relationship with God, I love celebrating Jesus's birthday, recreating the story of his birth and the magical mystical wonder of that night.

15. Whats your favorite holiday desert? Pumpkin Pie

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Leaving cookies cookies for santa and some reindeer food. Reading The Night Before Christmas before the kids go to bed and the kids getting up early to open presents.

17. What tops your tree? Father Christmas

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? O Holy Night

20. Do you like Candy Canes? Not really!


Baitulos said...

Now THAT should put everyone in the holiday spirit! Great responses...

Linda D. in Seattle

Anonymous said... are my responses:
1. Hot Chocolate with a candy cane in it.
2. Both. Growing up in my family pretty much everything is from Santa (even now that we are all grown up). The big stuff for the kids is not wrapped (i.e. bikes) and the other stuff like clothes is wrapped.
3. We don't really put lights on the house anymore....sometimes in the windows. I do colored in the windows, white on my tree at my house. My parents house where we go for Christmas day they always have 2 trees...a Charlie Brown tree with colored lights and all the funky and home maded decorations from over the years and then an elegant tree with white lights and nice ornaments.
4. No mistletoe
5. Just after Thanksgiving, come down just after New Years.
6. I personally love Cannied Yams. My mother's favorite...which is our family tradition at Christmas is my grandma's Christmas cookies and the best cookies in the world. They melt in your mouth!
7. When I was about 5 we drove to Priest Lake, ID for Christmas at my grandparents and as we hit just outside the Tri-Cities where I live now we saw a flashing light and I yelled, it's Rouldolf, and got really excited. Everytime anyone in my family sees that light now they bring that up. LOL
8. I think I must have been around 8 or 9. I can't remember. I think some kids at school told me.
9. My family never allowed us to open presents the night before. We always had to wait until Christmas morning and infact my parents told us that if we were not in bed early and Santa came by we would miss him and would not get any presents...nice, right? LOL My dad even had sleigh bells he would ring outside our window to make us think Santa was coming to get us to go to bed. LOL Our parents went all out. They were great.
10. Now I decorate my tree in white lights, with burgondy, gold, silver, and white accents. I prefer a more elegent look. When my son was a bit younger it was more homemade look.
11. I love snow in the mountains to look at, I love to watch it fall, I hate to drive in it, and don't want anything else to do with it.
12. I don't know how to ice skate. I tried only once in high school, but did not grow up in an area where I really had the opportunity to learn.
13. I don't recall a favorite gift. I have had many gifts over the years that I have loved. More than anything the last few years I have just been very greatful to have my family together as we have had some close calls with our health. That has been more important to me that any gifts.
14. I think that atmosphere of the holidays is what I love about it. I love how my son responds to it, getting together with my family...granted I am with my family at many times in the year, but the feeling is different. We have simiple traditions like baking a birthday cake for Jesus, watching Jack Frost, baking my grandma's cookies that she has made for over 50 years....things like that. It is just a special time of year.
15. Tie between my Grandma Buchanan and Grandma Hagarty christmas cookies.
16. My son likes to leave cookies for Santa and carrots and celery for the reindeer.
17. A golden star
18. Giving....that is the best. Especially to watch the kids opening their gifts.
19. I love O Holy Night and for winter in general Baby, It's Cold Outside
20. In my Hot Chocolate...yes, to eat..No