Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Meme!

Both Kristin and Alana posted this and I thought it was just far too cute. So, of course, I jumped on board.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire post. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then post this on your blog.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? As stated in my previous post, I am a wrapping paper gal. For a lot of years I just used plain brown paper and then changed up the colour of ribbon. This year I have some very pretty shiny red paper that says "Ho Ho Ho" all over it.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial all the way! This is one hobbit who doesn't do well with live plants, and real Christmas trees are no exception.

3. When do you put up the tree? Early December, whenever I have a couple of days off together.

4. When do you take the tree down? I'm more inclined to take it down before New Years, but that's a result of working in retail for as long as I have. Growing up, the tree stayed up until Ukranian Christmas (January 6, Epiphany)

5. Do you like eggnog? Absosmurfly. I will confess to thinning it tho. Half nog, half milk.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My red and white plastic typewriter. Heavens, I loved that thing! I was going to be a reporter, just like my favourite aunt.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My sister's husband.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My Beloved. This year was a bit more challenging, but it usually only takes a few days of serious shopping, and I have him set.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Heck Ya! I collect them. I have 8 different nativity sets/figurines. Watch this space for Show and Tell this week. All about my collection.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I always have the best intentions, but they never seem to happen. Maybe if I wrote them up in September?

11. Worst Christmas ever? There were a lot of lean Christmases when I was a kid, but I don't remember any really bad ones.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie(s)? For a classic, it has to be White Christmas, which I have yet to watch this year. For fun and our relatively new traditional Christmas Eve fare, "A Christmas Story" with Ralphie and his bb-gun.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I usually try to start mid September. I try to buy a gift or two each paycheck between then and December. This year, I started while we were in New York.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I've thought about it often, but I don't think I've ever actually done it.

15 .Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Homemade potatoe, cheese & bacon (yes bacon, the only time I willingly eat it) perogies! Yummmmmm

16. Lights on the tree? Absolutely, multicoloured. But they CANNOT blink! Blinking is aggravating.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? The furthest we travel these days for Christmas is down to my MIL's house, about 45 minutes away.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Of course. I remember being five years old and being convinced that I saw Rudolph up in the sky. It turned out to be the radio tower a few blocks away, but I was oh so excited.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? When I was a kid, we were allowed to open one gift Christmas eve, usually new pj's from Grandma, but the rest were in the morning. Now it's all done in the morning, usually before sunrise.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Have I mentioned I work in retail? I could go on and on, but the worst is people who get snarky because they failed to plan and can't find that one thing they are certain we should carry at our store.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I don't really have a theme. Generally, I don't put gold coloured ornaments on the tree.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? There has to be turkey... and sweet potatoes... and stuffing... and perogies... and cabbage rolls... and ham... and...

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A Kitchen Aid stand mixer!

Now it's your turn. If you play, please leave me the link so I can read your answers.


  1. I totally think I will steal this little meme from you! How fun. :)

    I have indeed recycled holiday gifts, and I'm not the least bit embarrased about it, hehehe. I mean, there's only so many hot cocoa gift sets a girl can stand. ;)

    Hope your holiday season is warm and peaceful! Happy ICLW!

  2. I love, love, love this meme. Thanks for playing.

  3. Super list! And I'm with ya---NO way on the blinking lights. Bleck! :)

  4. I knew you were a Hobbit after my own heart. LOL I love egg nog too, but I also thin it. Otherwise, it's way to rich. I'm definitely stealing this meme...I'll pop back over and leave you the link! (((HUGS)))

  5. Here's mine! http://intothelightagain.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-meme.html

  6. Mrs. G., not only did I steal your meme (thank you;) but there is an award waiting for you on my blog!!

  7. Ha! I didn't know you were Ukranian (or somehow connected to the Ukranian tradition). My family is Byzantine, and we of course have cabbage rolls (my mom called it stuffed cabbage) for Christmas, and pierogies for Christmas Eve. We actually have a traditional vegan Christmas Eve with potato pierogies, saurkraut, fried potatoes, mushroom-saurkraut-juice soup (a little weird) and a traditional pea soup. And we sometimes celebrate Christmas on January 7.

    BTW, I hope you get your stand mixer - I LOVE mine.

  8. Here from ICLW-but I've also visited before and love your blog!!
    I personally don't like re-gifting, so sort of relieved to read you haven't done it. That said, I can understand times when it's absolutely necessary!

  9. YAY! I love reading everyone's Christmas facts. So fun! Happy holidsys!


  10. I loved your Christmas survey, and I filled it out and put it on my blog!



  11. I'm not playing along, but I wanted to leave you Christmas wishes!

    Peace and good will, Cyber Friend. :)

  12. Oh, man do I want one of those Kitchen Aid mixers--even though I know I wouldn't use it very much, I still want one!

    I love your answers. I did this one, too. :-)

    Here via ICLW.


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