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Monday, December 14, 2009

The Christmas Meme I Stole from Alix at Casa Hice




As promised, here is the Christmas Meme I stole from Alix at Casa Hice.  Also as promised, I'm giving her credit.  Check out her meme.  She has really cool answers (stop gagging, Garret).   Just click on the link!




1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? 
Definitely hot chocolate.  I'm not an eggnog fan.   To make the hot chocolate even MORE yummy, though, try adding some vodka and Chambord!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?  

Santa wraps the gifts!  When my kids were little and Gina had started school, I realized she could probably recognize my handwriting (she was real smart like that).   Every year, her school had a fundraiser, selling candy and gift wrap.  So I had the kids pick out their wrapping paper.  Then I told them I mailed the wrap to Santa.  So on Christmas morning, each kid had his or her gifts wrapped in their very own paper and I didn't have to put any tags on their gifts.  Feel free to steal this idea! :)  Also, Santa left the leftover wrap for me to use on other folks gifts the following year!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White lights on the tree, no lights on the house (I've gotten terribly lazy the last 5 or 6 years)
 

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I don't have mistletoe right now but I want to get some.  I recently learned John has never been kissed under the mistletoe and I really need to rectify that!

5. When do you put your decorations up? 
before Christmas Eve.  For the past 2 weekends, I meant to get the decorations out of the garage but I keep procrastinating. 

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
um... all of it!  love turkey but also honey baked ham!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? 
The one thing that really sticks out in my mind was Christmas 1966, we had a blizzard on Christmas Eve and it was a Saturday (my dad worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturdays from 3pm to 11pm.)  My sister, Jeanne and I went shopping at the local Five and Ten Cent Store for Gifts with our $5 each! (LOL)  We had enough left over to buy sodas at the hoagie shop (zeps, subs for those of you NOT in the Philly area)  across the street.  We each bought Fresca.  Do you remember the Fresca commercial where the girl drinks the soda and a blizzard starts?  Well, we thought the blizzard was our fault!   My sister Peggy got stuck at the nursing home where she worked and my Dad's car got stuck about 6 miles from home and he had to walk home.  He didn't get home until 5am and we all got up at 6am!  It was also the last year Santa decorated our tree.  I hope my mom didn't wait for dad to decorate the tree and get the gifts out!  I wouldn't be surprised if she did, though!


8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
The year Jeanne and I got sleds.  my brother, Michael told me there was no Santa  and I didn't believe him (I think I was TEN!!)  he said if I didn't believe him, just look in the closet under the stairs in the hall and I'd find 2 sleds with my name and Jeanne's name on them.  Sure enough, there they were!  Michael was so mean!  I hated him!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
When the kids were little, we'd let them open one gift on Christmas Eve.   We haven't done that in some time.


10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
White, non-blinking lights, dark matte red, bright shiny red and gold christmas balls.  Gold ball garland around the tree.  Angel on top.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Depends.  If I'm off from work,  Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Let it snow!!  If I have to work, yuck!  I hate hate hate driving in snow!

12. Can you ice skate? 
I used to.  Now I'm afraid I'll break something if I fall.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

My Flexible Flyer sled when I was 10.  My silver fox jacket when I was about 30.  My Kindle this year!


14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Seeing my kids and being happy when they like their gifts!


15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Cherry pie!
 

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I didn't even know this was a tradition, but on Christmas morning, I we have coffee, orange juice and Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon rolls.  I thought I was just trying to get out of making a big breakfast on Christmas morning!  A couple of years ago, one of the kids asked if we were going have that for breakfast.

17. What tops your tree?

an angel if I can find her

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?
both!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? 
yum!

20 Favorite Christmas Show?
My favorite Christmas movie is The Santa Clause, but I do like the traditional It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.

21. Saddest Christmas Song?

The Christmas Shoes   by Newsong. (you'll need tissues)

22. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
O Holy Night by almost anyone but especially Josh Groban and a close second is Emmanuel by Amy Grant.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?




8 comments:

Alix said...

YOU ROCKED IT JOANIE.

No wonder I freaking love you so much. Merry Christmas to my little Philly filly.

Alix said...

PS: Thanks so much for the mention, particularly since I stole the meme. {giggle}

bernthis said...

sadly, I cannot relate at all being Jewish but I will say, happy holiday

mo.stoneskin said...

I'm glad Santa wraps the gifts for you. Does he also include the receipts in case you want to return or swap an item?

RecoveringActor said...

You know that you want to trash the angel and bring back VAMPIRE SANTA to the top of your Christmas tree!!! Vampire Santa was the BEST.

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Cherry pie. It's a fruit! Very healthy! Yeah, that's all I got to say.

Joanne said...

Love reading these. As far as #8 and your brother Michael is he older or younger? Same happened to me - but my brother is four years younger!!! Look up gullible and you will see my picture.

Daria said...

I cry every time I hear Christmas Shoes too.