Sunday, December 17

I swiped this from Jen, who swiped it from Stacy:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate, egg nog gets a big yuck from me.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? WRAPPED everything gets wrapped even the stocking stuffers.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Both, white lights go on the inside close to the bark, so the tree kind of glows from the inside and a mix of colored and specialty lights (angels, bubble lights etc) go around the outside.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I've never hung mistletoe, but my mom had this funky plastic stuff she used to hang she called mistletoe.

5. When do you put your decorations up? The weekend/week after Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Mom's Canadian Meat Pies and this is going to sound weird, my mom's mashed turnip, it's a bizarre dish with butter, onions, and brown sugar, but it's so good.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: My dad sitting on the sofa almost comatose from all the overtime he had to put in to pay for Christmas and staying up half the night putting together all the big toys.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? What truth? Is there a truth I don't know about? Santa's real, right?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? We spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws so yes we open presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at home, and Christmas afternoon with my family.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? ME, ME, ME and I will not relinquish control!! Besides, Junior's too young and my husband has absolutely no interest.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? LOVE IT as long as it's not on Christmas day while I'm waiting for 15 people to come for dinner.

12. Can you ice skate? Yes, but haven't done it in years, our school's Parent's Guild is sponsoring a skate at our local rink Friday, I haven't decided if we're going or not.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? "Beautiful Crissy" with the amazing growing hair.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Remembering it's not about the commercialization of Santa Claus, it's time for family and that we are celebrating Jesus' birth and God's love.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? COOKIES, lots and lots of cookies--fingerprint, magic cookie bars, sugar, vanilla horns, my sisters chocolate dipped chocolate chip... Yum.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Open presents before dawn on Christmas morning.

17. What tops your tree? A Star, it was the topper my parents used my whole childhood. Mom gave it to me when she stopped putting up a tree. It's seen better days, but I wont give it up. It used to light up and cast amazing colors and designs on the ceiling, but my dad rewired it and it almost caught fire the first year we used it (it couldn't have been that he wired a 40 year old light fixture to an extension cord could it--LOL)

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? Giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Do You Hear What I Hear. Back when public school still allowed Christian based Christmas carols my sister's elementary school chorus sang this, I still remember being overwhelmed by the beauty of it 30 years later.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Okay, look great on the tree but not my favorite candy.


CindyS said...

Yeah, I'm sooo gonna steal but just had to say DAWN!!! Ow.

I love your idea for lighting the tree though - I learned only a few years how to get our tree to glow properly - one year I had 600 lights on the tree - this year I think there might only be half that but we have a weird tree.

Aren't dads the coolest? I never knew why my parents were always so tired on Christmas day ;)

Santa is very real afterall, NASA tracks him!

They don't let the kids sing any songs that are religious? So what, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf? Meh.


Megan Frampton said...

I love that tree lighting idea, too, but the Spouse will never give up control of the lights (which take four hours to string, mind you).

I love your #14. I wish it were less about the presents and more about the love.

Bookwormom said...

I think exhausted parents Christmas morning go back to the dawn of time. LOL But those of you who feel that 5am wake ups are normal- go for it!

Tara Marie said...

Cindy, he's up between 5 and 5:30 anyway--LOL. I started putting the white lights inside because I had so may ornaments I wanted to decorate the inside branches too, this works great. We have great pictures of my dad on Christmas morning looking rather hung over.

Megan, let him do the lights, just tell him how to do them--LOL. I've reached a point in my life that the receiving of gifts is of little importance, I think having kids does this. Christmas is about so much more.

Amanda, my in-laws have movies of the kids being woken by dad before dawn, they (the parents) couldn't wait for them to get up. So sometimes it's not only the kids--LOL.

Jenster said...

I had a Beautiful Crissy!!! But the "growing hair" ended up all tangled and wouldn't go back or come out or some such horrible thing. lol

My daughter is in 6th grade choir in public school and they had a concert Tuesday. They sang a very Christmas song - complete with "birth of Jesus", etc., and a Hanukkah song and then just a holiday song. I was amazed.

Sam said...

What a lovely tree!!!
I love the holidays - the kids are home, the weather is crappy - but the tree is blinking in the corner, the dogs are sleeping in front of the radiator, and I have lots of books to read!!