Monday, December 17

One of those meme things

1.Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Paper always, with ribbon and made to look pretty.

2. Real tree or artificial?
Artificial at the moment.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Depends on my mood, but I'm trying to set a tradition of the first Sunday in Advent.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Twelfth night. Again, I'm trying to set a tradition, I'm always tempted to rip it down on Boxing day (and have been known to but not since I had children).

5. Do you like eggnog?
OMG yes! But I’ve only had the supermarket kind, I would love to make some but have been frightened off by that whole ‘raw eggs can kill you’ thing.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
A walking talking doll. She was brunette with brown eyes. Quite unusual in dolls in those days, they all had blue eyes.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
I have my Mum’s. It’s not really to my taste but I put it out because it was Mums.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
This year it’s Hannah, surprising since she’s a 7 year old child, you’d think it would be easy, but it’s not. She has quite specific tastes, I mean this is a kid that asked for a USB drive for her birthday. She wanted a lap top or a Nintendo DS (whatever that is) for Christmas this year. She’s getting neither of those. ALso men, I always find men hard to buy for.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Aislin. All she ever wants is baby dolls (known to her as ‘bubbies’). Easy.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
One year Tom gave me a casserole dish. Please don't get me started on gifts I've received from Tom.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I don’t do Christmas cards really, but I do send to a couple of relatives in Scotland. They are posted

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Polar Express…no…..The Santa Claus………It's a Wonderful Life…, hang on…Scrooge (the 1970’s one with Albert Finney)…no……..Miracle on 34th Street….no…..oh hell I don’t know, I like them all!!! But Scrooge is pretty great.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
It varies, but for the first year ever I’m pretty much finished the week before Christmas. I have been known (pre-kids) to START my shopping on Christmas Eve. Now that is stressful.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Maybe. There could possibly have been a time many, many years ago when, as the new recipient was opening her gift, the person who gave it to me arrived. Or perhaps I made that up? I'll let you decide.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Mince pies and trifle (my Mum’s recipe).

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Only clear….EVER!! Coloured lights – pah!

17. Favorite Christmas song?
I love most carols, but probably Silent Night if it’s done well. I only like carols by choirs, none of this Bing Crosby shit. Or worse, cats singing Carols. In the name of all that is holy preserve us from such an abomination.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?
Usually travel to family. Not this year though.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and of course Rudolph. Thank you Clement C Moore, my favourite Christmas story (except for the ACTUAL Christmas story of course).

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Usually a Santa actually, but this year Hannah made a thing. It’s a silver cone covered in stars. It now sits proudly (and lopsidedly) atop the tree.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Obscene commercialism that seriously offends me. We have downsized Christmas.

23. What I love most about Christmas?
Christmas Eve, home from Mass, kids in bed, a glass of wine and a mince pie, Carols from Kings in the background, wrapping presents with the tree lights softly twinkling. For me it is the calm before the storm of excited children, mad unwrapping, eating, drinking and trying to be merry for two solid days. Christmas Eve is my favourite night of the year.

3D Rudolph

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