Thursday, December 13, 2007

Secondhand Christmas List

My sister posted this list of Christmas-related questions on her blog. For fun, I thought I'd answer them, too. There is, of course, some overlap. Like our shared Salley Grin, some parts of the gene pool are pretty deep.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I prefer to get the paper, but generally give the bags.

2. Real tree or artificial? Real. Hands-down. Usually a frasier fir, but years ago we used to go to a tree farm and cut down our own pine.

3. When do you put up the tree? The Saturday after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually the week after Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog? Like my sister, NO!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Lots of good stuff (I was spoiled), but none stands out. I did have pretty much all of the original "Star Wars" toys.

7. Have a nativity scene? Yes

8. Hardest person to buy for? Ann does the shopping. I hate buying for grown-ups in my family--it's hard to find something they want and don't have that I can afford. Same with buying for me. If there's something I really want, and it's not over $100 bucks, I probably already have it.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My step-Grandfather. I think we have given him a blue shirt for almost every major holiday of the past 15 years.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I've gotten some pretty lame dollar store coffee mugs from students. But any gift is cool!

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? This year we're sending a real card with a link to the blogs.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life. It's my favorite movie ever. George Bailey is the greatest hero in the history of film.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Again, Ann shops. But we don't get really geared up, budget-wise, until October.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think so. That would be tacky.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I'll copy what Lori said--Used to be Grandmama's it's Aunt Linda's stuffing...someone probably needs to teach Ann how to make it eventually.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I'm not sure. I like the Manaheim Steamroller version of "Deck the Halls.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? OF COURSE. Can't everybody?

20. Angel on top of the tree or star? A crocheted Angel that Ann won at a church party when we were first married. She had the final pick in the gift exchange and picked it out of every gift available. And only I get to put it on the tree. There's also an elf with pipe-cleaner arms and legs that goes around the trunk just below the angel. Besides that, anybody can hang the ornaments.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? In our house, we'll have some kind of Christmas with in-laws, out-laws, divorced parents, family, friends, co-workers, or total strangers every day for at least a week. But we do our immediate family Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? It's OK now, but I hate Christmas songs on the radio before Thanksgiving (my FAVORITE holiday).

23. What I love most about Christmas? Two weeks off with my family. In some ways, it's even more welcome a break than summer vacation. Sorry, all you non-teachers!

24. Best Christmas dessert? Same as the best dessert at every family gathering--my Grandmama's "Yummy Chocolate Cake." It's been my favorite for my whole life.


Lori said...

Actually, this year we're giving van a watch. Which proves that you're being honest when you say you don't do the shopping...because Aunt Linda bought it, Ann and I gave her cash for it at Thanksgiving, and it is lurking somewhere in your home as we speak.

Anonymous said...

By any chance is the elf that wraps around the tree the one I got from Aunt Verta?

Coach Sal said...

The very same.

Goode Design said...

1. could care less.
2. could care less.
3. well, this year... we saved the time and didn't even bother (boy, i'm a real Bah-Humbug so far)
4. see previous.
5. Is that alcoholic? I like New Castle!
6. first CD playing radio thingie.... having been an Acappella fanatic, i needed something that could produce more volume than I could.
7. yes. in a box somewhere... on a side note... it's incomplete... it's lacking a few pieces... namely: Satan... and if you don't think he was present, read Revelation Chapter 12 again.
8. that changes from year to year...
9. Me. i always know what I want... sounds selfish... but it is true!
10. anything that can be categorized as a: "Nick-Knack!"
11. Mail them... 1. it has the tactile factor. 2. it gets me away from a computer. 3. there's always the hope you put money in it. 4. If it's a funny card, then it's an added bonus. (serious, i like funny cards... not poetic ones...)
12. Lord of the Rings. no, i'm not kidding.
13. January. again, not kidding... Goal: done by november. this year we were late!
14. yes. happily... if i don't want it, someone might... or it hits the trash. i don't have time or space to keep crap i don't want. sell it and give the money is also an option.
15. fave to eat: food... preferably of the dead-animal variety.
16. well, seeing how the tree question developed... let's see if you can guess
17. The one they don't play during xmas on the radio or in stores... y'know, i think i like easter songs better.
18. well, seeing as how i may have to drive a total of 2 hours over the entire holiday... either works... but the traditions die hard... we'll be doing the same thing for years to come. traveling to Forest City.
19. Yes. It's not well known that Santa actually replaced all 8 last year... Per chance, one landing on a roof top in NC was a tragic story of landing while 4 of the best deer hunters in NC shot all scored double kills when spottig the little fat red guy... well, now we all know the names of the 8... Doug, Randy, Elroy, Spencer, Gary, Bill, Eddie & Tammy... What, you ain't never heard of Tammy the feminist lesbian democrat reindeer?
20. What, flaming bunny wasn't a choice? I think the answer to the Tree question hits this one as well.
21. well, half on xmas eve... the other half on xmas day. Then there's Hannukah presents, and Kwanza.. Did i mention Festivus?
22. The fact that people will spend more than they make and not have it paid off until november of the next year... then they repeat the process. cold weather is a close second.
23. Seeing my friends and family. I could go without getting a single present and have time with my dad and it would be a great day regardless the time of year.
24. anything without nuts that contains the word "chocolate" in the description.