Several genea-bloggers have been playing along on a Christmas meme that Lori at Smoky Mountain Family Historian found. So I’ll bite!
Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper (I only use bags for showers or birthdays).
Real tree or Artificial? – Artificial. I think it’s much safer plus I kill any live plants!
When do you put up the tree? Last couple years it has been Thanksgiving weekend because my oldest daughter has been here to help. In the past it was usually around the 10th of December.
When do you take the tree down? New Years or a couple days later – sometimes we leave it up until Epiphany.
Do you like eggnog? Yes but since I don’t consume eggs (or try not to) anymore – I haven’t had any in 2 years!
Favorite gift received as a child? A special doll I had requested.
Hardest person to buy for? People who won’t give me their Christmas lists!
Easiest person to buy for? My grandsons.
Do you have a nativity scene? Yes – I got it for Christmas several years ago & it has sat on top of the TV set (it’s real small) all year round ever since!
Mail or email Christmas cards? I send them in the mail & then email my “letter” to people I don’t have a mailing address for or distant genealogy cousins!
Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I’m a firm believer that it’s the thought that counts so I don’t consider anything the “worst”.
Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life.
When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime after Thanksgiving and before Christmas Eve!
Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.
Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies and Butterscotch Pie if I make it. This year it will be Wing Stop wings on Christmas Eve after church.
Lights on the tree? You bet!
Favorite Christmas song? Mary, Did You Know (Kenny Rogers/Wynonna Judd), Silent Night, The First Noel (sorry can’t pick just one!)
Travel at Christmas or stay home? As long as Santa visits our house, we stay at home!
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes.
Angel on the tree top or a star? We have an Angel but at one time I put a great big red velvet bow & my family thought I was nuts so we don’t do that anymore. My mom put white doves on the top of her tree.
Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Always Christmas morning – after the family sits down to eat breakfast. My husband has had me open things on Christmas Eve but I prefer the next morning.
Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The cold weather & people who take their kids to the store to shop for Christmas – especially when they allow said children to play with every single toy & then leave them in the aisles.
Favorite ornament theme or color? I always said that someday I would do a theme but haven’t done that. Instead I’m doing the “sepia” or old fashioned ribbon & bows to drape on the tree.
Favorite for Christmas dinner? Turkey dinner & all the stuff that goes with it.
What do you want for Christmas this year? Good health for everyone & a prosperous new year coming up. And a David Cook CD would be nice!
Julie also added a question:
What is your favorite thing about the holidays? The Spirit of the Season. After Christmas Eve church service the family convening at our house for “appetizer” dinner, reading the Night Before Christmas to the children (even the adult children!) and the Nativity Story and then waiting on Santa to arrive!