Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Favorites!

Joey and I got to go exploring in the snow last night... we took Cookie on a walk too. Brothers are hilarious.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper… one year I wrapped everything in butcher paper, covered it with a wide strip of colored paper, glued a snowflake on the colored paper, then covered the strip with some tissue paper and topped with a bow… simple, but elegant. Plus, I have lots of fun with matching up stacks of presents for my siblings in coordinating colors.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial… Mom is allergic to real trees (gets bronchitis). But hey, our artificial is always ready to go when we are, and it’s held up through a lot of wear and tear.

3. When do you put up the tree? Generally after Thanksgiving… this year I decorated for about 3 other places before I even got the decorations out for our house… they’re still sitting around our living room!

4. When do you take the tree down? Middle of January? One time I think we left ours up until after Valentine’s Day, but that’s only happened once.

5. Do you like eggnog? LOVE it! I’m so used to Mom saying, “Mix half eggnog and half milk… it’s too rich” that I almost DO think it’s too rich without the adjustment. But I LOVE the eggnog Italian sodas.

6.Favorite gift received as a child? I really loved the DVD set of movies of “Pride and Prejudice,” but there have been a TON of great gifts.

7. Hardest person to buy for? It used to be Peter, but he’s loosened up a lot lately. He even put “sexy jeans” on his Christmas list.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Cecelia! I find something that I would like and I get it for her (and sometimes for myself). Last year we actually got each other the SAME EXACT gift, just different colors! Oh sisters.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Does a crèche count? We don’t have a light-up one in our front yard… but we do have several around the house.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail (if we actually get on the ball). This year we may not be sending a Christmas letter. *tear*

11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I honestly can’t remember. (Probably a good thing)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Muppet Christmas Carol, or I really like the claymation movie with Rudolph, I think it’s called “Blue Christmas”? It’s the one where there’s the two brothers who sing songs like “I’m Mr. Icicle, I’m Mr. Snow…” anyone remember?

13. When do you start shopping? Whenever I see a good gift (didn’t used to be that way). I have been getting gifts since July or August?

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? White Elephant Christmas gifts, yes.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Oh gosh. How about we narrow this down to Christmas breakfast? (It’s the major meal for our family.) Us kids take charge and we make hashed browns, eggs, biscuits, we have DANISH KRINGLE (present from our Uncle in Wisconsin—he gets it mailed every year… I LOVE the pecan kringle :-) so yummy!), OJ, fruit, BACON

16. Lights on the tree? Multi—we have a lovely hodge-podge of ornaments, so the multi colored fits right in.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Too many to count! I love every song on Josh Groban’s “Noel” CD, I love up-tempo Christmas songs, also an instrumental CD called “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and so many more!

18.Travel at Christmas or stay home? I’ve done both, and I have to say that although Barcelona is beautiful, there IS no place like home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's?
Dasher, Dancer, Donder, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid… Rudolph? Apparently not.

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

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Here’s how it goes—Christmas morning—kids wake up early, make breakfast. Wake up parents, open stockings. Eat breakfast, open presents. Call extended family. Eat more. Watch just opened movies :-)

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not having enough time to go to all the parties I want to go to, or see all the people I want to see… basically not having Christmas last long enough. I LOVE Christmas!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
All kinds… but I have to say that I love red… and I did my school Christmas trees in red, and it looks fabulous. We have a hodge-podge tree at home.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Anything, but I like ham or clam chowder.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Books (a whole bunch), colorful necklaces, audio Bible, anything crafty, swimsuit/ goggles/ cap/ scale, gift cards, music, movies, food… whatever—I love it all! J

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