A Christmas questionnaire

Feeling talkative. And I am so in the spirit this year, it’s, well, funny!

So here is the only questionnaire I will post about Christmas….unless I find another one, tee hee.

First of all, a photo of me dressed all Christmasy:

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Yeah, it’s baby me. I never said it would be a recent photo, now, did I?

Now, on with the questionnaire.

Have you started your Christmas shopping?
~ Yes. I actually started before Thanksgiving. I’m just about done.

Tell me about one of your special traditions.
~ We don’t really have any traditions, other than leaving the Christmas lights on all night on Christmas Eve and listening to Christmas music season-round. I really got behind how, on Christmas Eve, we would make those Chef Boyardee pizzas and watch “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” but that ‘tradition’ only lasted a year or two. We also used to try to play a game of Yahtzee on Christmas Day, but that didn’t really last, either. We’re just not traditional, in that regard. Which is fine.

When do you put up your tree?
~ We just put it up tonight, in fact:

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We still have a bit of decorating to do with it, but it looks good so far, huh?

All Christmas decorations, including the tree, are usually put up within the first two weeks of December. We will leave them up until New Year’s, and take them all down on January 2nd.

Are you a Black Friday shopper?
~ No, no, no, no, NO! I can’t deal with that. I worked in retail for a couple Christmases, and that was totally crazy, so no, I don’t shop on Black Friday.

Do you travel at Christmas or stay at home?
~ Depends on what day of the week Christmas falls. If it’s a weekday, we’ll usually stay home, because we all have to work the following day. If it’s on a weekend, we’ll try to visit family in Illinois (weather permitting, of course).

What is your funniest Christmas memory?
~ One of the funniest is the story of Dad trying to find all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figurines. Thank goodness each of us kids had a clear favorite: Older Sister liked Donatello, I liked Leonardo, Younger Brother liked Michelangelo, and Youngest Brother liked Raphael. And Raphael was the one that Dad spent a long time in the toy store’s back room digging through unopened inventory boxes trying to find. tee hee. But he found it, making for a great Christmas for my siblings and me.

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Another good story is from when Younger Brother got a Game Boy, though I remember this a little differently than everyone else. Everyone else remembers Younger Brother not making a sound upon opening the gift, so wrought with emotion was he, and then him looking up and inexplicably bursting into happy tears. I remember him opening the gift, then screaming out “It’s a Game Boy!” and then inexplicably bursting into happy tears. Either way, he burst into happy tears.

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What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?
~ Don’t really have one. I mean, I like “A Christmas Story” enough. But I’m more of a Christmas TV special kind of person. I love “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I love “The Grinch.” I love “A Garfield Christmas.” And I love all things Muppets at Christmastime, especially “Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas.”

Do you do your own Christmas baking? What’s your favorite treat?
~ Yes, we bake our own Christmas cookies. I love vanilla horns and snickerdoodles. Grandma also used to make these really good puffy minty cookies, and we had a recipe for them, but we haven’t made those in a while.

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Real or artificial tree?
~ Artificial. Our tree pictured above is a four-foot artificial tree. The reasons are two-fold. First of all, Youngest Brother is allergic to pine. Second of all, we have destructive kitties. But we’re doing our darndest to keep the tree standing this year!

White lights or multicolored?
~ Multicolored, duh! Although white are good for icicle lights displays….

Gift wrap or gift bags?
~ Gift wrap. It’s more fun and festive that way.

Bows or curly ribbons?
~ Bows. I can’t do curly ribbons.

Steady lights or twinkling?
~ Hmm. We had both growing up. Not that I’m partial to one or the other, mind. They’re both good. I wouldn’t describe them as ‘twinkling,’ though. They just blinked.

Angel or star tree topper?
~ Angel. That’s just my preference. I know the traditional thinking is usually stars, and I can get behind that, sure, but I like angels.

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Long needles or short?
~ I dunno. I never noticed before.

Caroling or sleigh riding?
~ As a kid, I loved caroling, either with the school choir or church choir, but nowadays I’d love to take a sleigh ride.

What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
~ By December 15th, usually for me. Not that I have a deadline (well, duh, other than Christmas Eve), but I just like to get it done and over with in a decent amount of time. After that’s done, I’m free to enjoy the anticipation. I love giving gifts.

Are you still wrapping Christmas presents on Christmas Eve?
~ Not as a habit, but I have once or twice in the past. That’s panic-inducing, let me tell you.

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What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
~ Just being with the family. Doesn’t matter how many or what we do. As long as we’re together.

What Christmas craft do you like the best?
~ I always liked making ornaments in art class the most.

Christmas music: yes or no? If yes, what is your favorite song?
~ YES! Absolutely! I love it all. And just wait for the favorite song. (Though, if you’re a reader of my blog, you already know what it is.)

When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
~ Very soon, actually.

Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
~ It was always presents on Christmas Day. No exceptions.

Egg nog or hot chocolate?
~ Hot chocolate, of course.

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Dress up or casual?
~ Pajamas. Then casual.

Tree in the window or corner?
~ Both. And believe me, that is possible.

Gloves or mittens?
~ I have both, but mittens make me nostalgic, so mittens. Mittens also keep my hands warmer.

Frosty or Rudolph?
~ Rudolph. I could get behind the bullied reindeer turning out to be the hero. And “Rudolph” was the one Rankin/Bass stop-motion Christmas special I actually liked; the others weirded me out. Go figure.

Red or white poinsettias?
~ Red, duh! But they’re toxic to animals, so we currently do not have any at home. I have a Christmas cactus at my desk at work, so I like those, too.

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Turkey or ham?
~ Ham. Turkey was always Thanksgiving, and ham was always Christmas.

Snail mail cards or e-cards?
~ Snail mail. Haven’t really gotten behind e-cards.

Shop early or last minute?
~ I prefer the earlier the better. Though sometimes part of the excitement is the last minute great gift ideas….

Sledding or skating?
~ Both! Just, you know, not at the same time. I’m not that great at skating yet, but it’s so cool, feels like flying. And sledding is always fun, no matter how old you are.

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Off to dream of sugar plums and happy people! See you tomorrow.

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