Friday, December 7, 2007

Fun and Random Christmas Questions (aka Christmas Meme)

Sweet Renee tagged me for this Meme. It looked like a lot of fun so I thought I would give it a whirl.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Mostly wrapping paper, but when I start to go cross eyed from all the wrapping, I don't hesitate to pull out the gift bags.

2. Real tree or artificial?
When we were first married I insisted on a real tree (mostly because I had never had one) and I loved it. However, the mess and expense of a real tree eventually calculated into the decision making and when we found a very real looking fake we quite effortlessly crossed over to the dark side. I think the last real tree we had went down in the history books. I was pregnant with Richie (in the sick part) and Rich trying to be sweet bought a tree, brought it home, and set it up as a surprise for me. Poor guy didn't know what hit him when I broke down claiming it smelled like kitty litter (it really did), and insisted , "either the tree goes, or I go!".

3. When do you put up the tree?
It varies from year to year, but always AFTER Thankgiving.

4.When do you take the tree down?
After New Year's.

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Apparently I was an ungrateful child because nothing stands out to me.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, we have a really cool one that was passed down from Rich's parents. Also, we have three kid friendly ones that the boys play with.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
My boys...anything Star Wars for Richie and anything Lightning McQueen for Will.

9. Hardest person to buy for?
Rich. He has a long list of things I will NEVER buy for him EVER again including a watch, wallet, and briefcase. Although, I did score a couple of years ago when I bought him a Video iPod. I'm very uninspired so far this year...sorry honey.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I can't think of anything, really. My Mom and Dad always shopped off of a wish list and Rich usually does a great job.

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
Mail, although I seriously considered emailing this year to save some moola. The price of postage (and my Christmas card list) is getting out of control. By the way, I took everyone's advice and used some of favorite picture bloopers (from this post) on our card. I have to say, you all were right, it might be my favorite one ever.

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
This is a toughie. Probably favorite one ever is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I remember getting to stay up late to watch it when it was on television when I was a kid. I also love It's A Wonderful Life, and The Santa Clause.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Late, usually. I really want to be an early shopper, but it never happens.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
If I had received this by email I would have deleted this question because I didn't want to answer it.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Peanut Butter Fudge and (of course) mashed potatoes...but not together because that would be sick and wrong.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

17. Favorite Christmas song?
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Usually we travel.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
No, but I learned about a new one last year from Richie. His name is Blister.

20. Angel on the tree top, or a star?
Currently, a star. We have two stars and an angel.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Growing up we always opened them on Christmas Eve because we traveled to my Grandparent's house for Christmas Day. However, now we always opens on Christmas Day.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Being an adult. Christmas was so much more fun when I was a kid and had no responsibilities.

23. What I love most about Christmas?
The music, the lights, the FOOD, the Christmas cards, the joy in my children, the bells,
all of the special things that are reserved for this time of year alone, and most importantly the celebration of the most precious gift of all.

Consider yourself tagged if you have not done this meme yet and would like to!


JP's MOM said...

Still love the "blister".

Love it.

Rochelle said...

Okay... #22 is sooooo me!! :)

Xandra said...

Are you my doppleganger? I swear it's like reading my own answers here! I'm going to do this meme as soon as I get a chance...oh already answered all of them for me!

Earen said...

I enjoyed reading more about you! Some things I even laughed out loud!!

Carissa said...

love it! my favorites were #5 & #6. you are FUNNY!

Fran said...

Reading about "Blister" reminded me of asking one of the boys in fun and trying to see if they knew the answer...."Whats that guys name that helped build that big boat that all those animals had to get into?" The answer:


shelley said...

I CANNOT wait to get that Christmas card! We might even frame it in our house! And I'd never heard the story about your last real tree...that is FUNNY!

Bev Brandon said...

Miss Sun Bee's Mom,
hey i'll just borrow your answers cause they are all delightful like YOU...loved little one would sing at top of his lungs "Let every Heart REPAIR his room"---I guess we always have had a lot of broken things around including hearts this year but a Present God showing up and that's what it's all fact, we have no HOT WATER for 3 days now---ouch! Pray for my missionary daughter Brooke who had a motorbike accident yesterday!

BethAnne said...

I am so glad you used those bloopers on your card - everyone is gonna love it! So much more fun than the stuffy posed ones * hahaha*.
I know all the reindeer now! "Now theres dasher and dancer and Prancer and Blister...." Love it!

Anonymous said...

I love learning new things about my blog friends! I've got to do Renee's meme soon too. Fun post and enjoyed reading the answers.

Darlene R. said...

I love doing a good meme! I think I'll do this one.

It's fun to learn new things about each other.

Janelle said...

Love the kitty litter story...I can relate. Everything smells like kitty litter when you are pregnant!

Can't wait to see the card of the year! I bet it will be my favorite.

Renee said...

This was fun!! Thanks for doing's so fun to learn more about you...and this is a fun way to do it. I love knowing about other people's Christmas traditions..

Loved reading this!