Friday, December 12, 2008

A Christmasy meme

I saw this this morning over at Books. Lists. Life and thought I would steal it for my own whilst I'm working on other entries. It looked like fun. Let me know if you're doing it at your blog so I can have a look!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
You know, I would never consider a gift bag at Christmas. Why is that? It'd be so much easier. I will wrap anything. Actually, I just like wrapping paper better, especially if it's cute paper.

2. Real tree or Artificial?
I would love a real tree, but we have our artificial one. Maybe we can buy some pine scented something and hang it around the house. Also, where does one find mistletoe? I'd love to hang that somewhere!

3. When do you put up the tree?
The first weekend in December, whenever that falls. It's also the first time I'm allowed to play Christmas music.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Whenever N gets tired of seeing it. Around New Years? I don't remember. I hate taking down the tree.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I love eggnog, who doesn't? :)

6. Favourite gift received as a child?
Once, when I was really little, we went to a friend of the family's house for Christmas and they bought me the entire (the ones that had been published anyway) collection of the Boxcar Children. I spent the entire week I was there reading. Best present ever. I'm now waiting for my boys to be old enough to make use of some of my children's books.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
N by a mile. He never wants anything. Except this year I guess. (Santa brought him a Wii)

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Me. Definately. Or Oldest.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
I think we keep meaning to buy one but we're holding out for something really good. Or maybe we have one, but I just can't find it amongst all the other Christmas stuff everywhere. We do have quite a bit of Christmasy things still in a box in the garage. One of these days...

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail them. Except I always forget there's a last posting date to America (like this year) and now my dad will get his Christmas card late. And not for the first time, I'm sure. I think we might email him something as well. Oh. And I guess I do normally email a family photo with a short message to those people I don't know personally. Plus family, which is like everyone. So I guess both.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I can't really remember. There were quite a few where I opened them and thought 'who were you thinking about when you bought this?' but nothing so terrible that it stays in my mind.

12. Favourite Christmas Movie?
Oh, I don't know. We used to always watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas or that episode of Charlie Brown with the Christmas tree. But N and I always try to watch Christmasy films around this time as well. It worked out better before children. Funny how that happened. We also like watching holiday episodes of our favourite TV shows.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
In the Christmas sales sometimes, otherwise, during the year we'll see stuff, pick it up.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Not one that was for me personally, but possibly one of the children's presents.

15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?
Dessert. Always dessert. I tried to make a Christmas yule thing last year and it was horrible. I hope I'm not on dessert duty again this year. Oh! And mince pies, god, I love mince pies.

16. Lights on the tree?
Yes. We have fairy lights, coloured lights and blue lights. And they flash and chase each other. This year we debated about whether or not we put too many lights on the tree, but we still put them all up.

17. Favourite Xmas song?
Favourite carol? O Come All Ye Faithful. Song? All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Maybe one of these days we'll end up travelling. As it is, we stay at home and people come to us.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Comet? Vixen? Blixen? ... Rudolph? Dancer? Prancer? How many reindeer are there again? I think that's a no.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
We actually have a cute Eeyore dressed up as an angel on the top of our tree. I wouldn't have it any other way!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
I always try to convince N to open one on Christmas Eve, but I can't remember if I succeeded last year. I think he did cave, because we had guests coming around in the morning and there were too many presents for us there for it to be polite opening in front of them. Actually, we ended up halving Oldest's presents last year for that same reason!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Christmas shoppers. I hate going to the shops these days because I can't push my pushchair anywhere without bumping into someone and I always get elbowed or someone steps on my foot. I like my personal space, I can't handle ten million people pushing and shoving. Do your Christmas shopping earlier or online.

23. Favourite ornament theme or colour?
There is no central theme or colour to our Christmas tree. I'd like there to be one, but it will never happen. The biggest theme on our tree used to be the Winnie the Pooh characters, but we had too many of them, so now we only have our Eeyore ornaments up.

24. Favourite memory of Christmas?
I don't have one. I'm hoping this year, watching Oldest and Littlest open their presents will be my favourite one ever. Here's hoping.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
An iPod touch. Tales of Beedle the Bard. The new Enrique Iglesias CD. About four different Robert Sabuda/Matthew Rheinhart pop up books.


  1. Oh, I did one of these the other day too! Maybe I will copy and paste it into my blog!

  2. Great post. I'll do one on mine today..

  3. I loved hearing about your traditions! Very cute.

  4. I'm having a really hard time buying for the Bug, he has all the Pirate's stuff! Are you having that problem too?

  5. I thought that I was bad with not allowing the Christmas music. I don't want to hear it until after Thanksgiving. Anything before is like nails to the chalkboard.


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