Saturday, December 15, 2007

Megan On Christmas

So, my friend Harrison had this questionnaire on her blog, so I thought I needed to join in on the Christmas fun. Here ya go...everything you ever wanted to know about me and my Christmas traditions (or not):

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I used to be a bag kind of gal, but now I'm all wrapping paper. It's just more fun to get to rip paper off of a gift, don't ya think?

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial because 1-it's less expensive 2-there are few places to find a real tree in our part of the country 3-my allergies would be killing me with real greenery indoors! Just as a side note, did you know that upper respiratory infections hit a high at this time of the year? The reason: everyone dragging in their artificial trees that are filled with dust and who-knows-what from being in storage for a year. My pediatrician recommended that we vacuum, hose down or use a leaf blower to blow off all the yuck & muck before hauling the tree indoors every year.

3. When do you put up the tree? Throughout my childhood, it always went up ASAP after Thanksgiving. Now that I'm an adult, I'd be glad to put it off as long as possible. Between the kids pestering me & the holiday party I usually host during the first week in December, I always get it up the week after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? That's the worst part. I try to get it down after New Year's Day because I don't want it sitting in my living room taunting me.

5. Do you like eggnog? Absolutely...but I try not to buy it 'cause I could down a half-gallon on my own!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A telescope (I had ambitions of becoming an astronaut when I was in grade school). The cedar chest that I still have to this day.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Of course! The nativity is what Christmas is all about!

8. Hardest person to buy for? I think EVERYONE is hard to buy for...especially adults.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My oldest daughter, Hannah. She has a lot of different interests.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? No comment.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail!!!! I love catching up with old friends at Christmas.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? "It's a Wonderful Life," of course. I also like the old claymation cartoons of Rudolph, etc. because it takes me back to my childhood when we actually marked the calendars when those shows were going to be on television. Now, with cable, they repeat them constantly throughout the holidays and it's just not the same.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I used to start in October, but life has gotten so busy that I'm quickly becoming a last-minute shopper (but at least I have a list).

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Um...yea. Admit have, too!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I'm an equal opportunity eater--I welcome all foods no matter what time of the year. LOL! (But I do always request my mom's cheese grits even though my husband just can't learn to love the southern treat).

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? Anything that Bing Crosby sings. Or "Silent Night" accapella.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? Usually we are traveling every day up to Christmas Eve & back on the road immediately thereafter. This year, we are actually going to be at home!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yep. Don't forget, I have children who like for me to read Mary Engelbright's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" over and over again...

20. Angel on the tree top? Nope--A bow (although I would consider a star).

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Usually Christmas Eve. After all, Santa brings gifts on Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Obligation. Being obligated to give gifts or go to a thousand different events takes the joy out of giving/enjoying the season, KWIM?

23. What I love most about Christmas? Laughing with family. Trying to keep my husband from figuring out his gifts (he has an unnatural ability to guess every wrapped gift even if it has been disguised or weighted). Passing on traditions. Watching kids get giddy when they unwrap a gift. Most of all, celebrating Christ's birth!


twiceknit said...

Nope, I never regifted anything to you. Actually, that didn't really start until I acquired in-laws...

I heard "November Rain" on the radio the other day and it made me think of you and smile.

Megan said...

Ahh, the memories: "November Rain"... :) And anytime I hear anything in espanol, I think of you & your crazy Latin music (before it was popular! lol!)