- When do you put up the tree/decorations?
- When do you take the tree/decorations down?
- Do you have a nativity scene?
- Real tree or artificial?
- Clear lights or colored on the tree?
- How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
- What tops your tree?
- Do you hang mistletoe?
- Do you like eggnog?
- Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
- What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
- What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
- Travel at Christmas or stay home?
- Wrapping paper or gift bags?
- Favorite gift received as a child?
- Hardest person to buy for?
- Easiest person to buy for?
- Most Memorable gift?
- Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
- When do you start shopping for Christmas?
- Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
- Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
- Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?
- Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
- Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
- When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
- Mail or email Christmas cards?
- Favorite Christmas Movie?
- Favorite Christmas song?
- Most annoying thing about this time of year?
- Favorite thing about the Christmas Holidays?
- What's the one thing you seem to never get done at Christmas time?
- Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
- Snow! Love it or Dread it?
- Can you ice skate?
- What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
- What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Sometime after Thanksgiving, if we decorate at all. On years we travel, we often don't decorate. The Advent wreath usually comes out a few days before the First Sunday of Advent.
When we have decorations, right after Epiphany (Jan 6)
Definitely. There are two small ones out this year, not counting the small one-piece version on top of my PC in my office.
Artificial - one of ours is fiber-optic which is pretty neat. My tallest artificial tree is only 3 feet tall. I love the smell of real trees, but I don't like cleaning up the needles.
The fiber-optic one has its own. If we put lights on the others, they're usually colored.
Small ornaments (since it's a small tree), usually whatever's available. One of these years I'd love to do a tree of nothing but small crocheted snowflakes. Someday.
Stars, usually. Not many angels for small trees.
Eating, Drinking, and being Merry
Yes. It's been a long while since I've had homemade eggnog, though.
Depends on the situation, but in general hot chocolate never goes amiss.
DH made an awesome duck one year - that was delicious. I also love whole-berry cranberry sauce, and veggies. My dad is making fried turkey this year - I can't wait!
My chocolate rumcake!
We travel 2 out of 3 years. Both sets of family live long distances away from us and from each other, so we have a rotation. This year, we're seeing my family up north.
In general, I'd rather stay home for the holidays. It's hard to establish our own traditions when we're always on the move.
For children, wrapping paper works best because it's more peek-proof. But in general I like gift bags - they make wrapping go quickly and they're reusable. Much more so than wrapping paper (which my grandparents always had us remove carefully for reuse purposes).
Hmmm. Hard to say. One year I received a nice set of crochet hooks and several skeins of yarn (I think I was 10?). I really liked that, and I still have the hooks!
DH, if he doesn't have a wishlist.
DH, if he does have a wishlist!
DH got me a Celtic harp one year. It's a tossup between that and the Elan lap stand.
Since I'm not sure who reads my blog, I might want to plead the fifth! Let's just say it was a gift with some pretty heavy conditions on its usage.
Around Thanksgiving. I generally try to have all the shopping done by the second week of December.
Only for a white-elephant gift exchange at work, where the gifts were intended to be recycled.
Traditionally, one on Christmas Eve before Mass, and the rest the next day.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. Santa's sleigh is an 8rp (reindeerpower) vehicle equipped with optional Rudolph emergency lighting.
For stocking-stuffers, Santa just puts them in the stocking. Larger gifts have special Santa wrapping paper.
What truth about Santa? You shouldn't believe the tabloids, you know!
Seriously, though, I figured it out as a child over time - too many things didn't quite add up. I can't pinpoint the moment, though.
'Tis the Season...
Snailmail. I do email greetings to a few folks I don't have current addresses for, though.
I like a lot of the older animated ones, like the Grinch, Charlie Brown Christmas, and all the Rankin/Bass ones. I haven't seen most of the classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, although I finally saw It's a Wonderful Life about 3 years ago. Ditto with A Christmas Story (You'll shoot your eye out, kid!). My dad has quite the collection of Christmas Carol movies, and I like many of them. And this year's new release, A Nativity Story, I enjoyed as well. But as for clear favorites, I don't have one.
No clear favorites here, but there are a lot I like. I have a fondness for novelty Christmas songs as well as more traditional offerings. I love many of the traditional hymns/carols.
Traditional/Hymn: What Child is This?, O Holy Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, many of the lesser known older carols
Modern: "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" - Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Novelty: at the moment, Twisted Sister's "O Come All Ye Faithful".
The fact that the holiday sales pitches and decorations are being put out right after Labor Day. That, and the overcommercialism and greed.
I like the liturgical season of Advent and Christmas - the music at church, decorations of candles and evergreens. That, and time off work!
Find time to relax! I also don't bake as much as I used to.
My maternal grandfather used to make homemade ice cream (hand crank and all), and I always liked to help with that. One year he made purple ice cream, which was neat.
I love it, but here in Florida I don't have to shovel or drive in it!
Not really - I'm lucky to make a complete circuit of the rink without falling on my backside! I do want to learn, though.
Remembering what the season is really all about.
We haven't really evolved much in the way of family traditions yet, what with travelling for the holidays most of the time, my stepkids alternating visitation at Christmas, and such. So I don't really have a good answer for that.
Although I do like the holiday bowl games!