I was reading Carole's blog this morning and found this Christmas-themed meme. Carole's answers got me feeling festive (finally) and so I thought I'd share my responses to the questions and maybe it'll help you feel festive, too! If you decide to respond to this meme, leave me a comment and let me know so I can read your responses!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper. There’s something about a hand wrapped gift that I find lacking in a gift bag. Much like knitting for others, when I am wrapping gifts for others, I am thinking about them, about their place in my life, and I’m wishing them good thoughts for the upcoming year. It’s dedicated time to really think about the gift’s recipient, and to be thankful that you have them in your life.
2. Real tree or Artificial? I do love me a real tree, but we’re just not sure how one will work out with the dogs. Allie pees on pretty much every tree we see when we are outside, so we’re unsure what she’ll do to a real tree in the house. I think this year we’ll do a small tree that we put on a table and see how she does with that.
3. When do you put up the tree? I like to do it the first weekend of December, so it’s on my to-do list for this weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down? Before New Year’s Day or the recycling day after Christmas, whichever comes first.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? When I was six I received The Littles Dollhouse and furniture from my Grandma (my maternal grandma). It was just the coolest thing ever.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Mike. Because he wants the things he asks for and I like to give presents that are surprises. So, he’s hard to buy for in the sense that I have a hard time letting go of my desire for the element of surprise.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Mike. See #8 above. He tells me exactly what he wants.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. It was given to me by my paternal grandmother about 10 years ago and I put it out every year.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mailed Christmas cards, most definitely. I really, really love making and receiving Christmas cards. It’s probably one of my most favorite things about the holidays, especially since we live so far from many of our family and friends.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Hmm...I’m not sure about a single worst gift, but I definitely hated getting clothes when I was little. I wanted books or toys, but no silly clothes.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, without a doubt. I watch it once every year (and never more than that) while I make Christmas cards or wrap presents. It’s just the best. Reminds me of my Grandma, because it is a tradition that we started when she was still alive (she died in 1999).
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I buy things throughout the year as I see them, but starting this year, Mike and I are really scaling back on the Christmas shopping. We’re doing handmade gifts and shopping primarily for the kids. For ourselves we’ll probably go away for a weekend rather than exchange gifts.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mashed potatoes.
16. Lights on the tree? Absolutely!
17. Favorite Christmas song? I have three: “O Holy Night” and “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Traveling over the holidays really depresses me. I want to wake up in my own bed in my own house on Christmas, and waking up anywhere else feels very wrong to me. This year, Mike and I will celebrate Christmas in our house, just us and Allie and Zorro, and if we see no one else on Christmas Day, it will still be perfect because we spent the day together in our home.
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Sure.
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One present on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning, but like I mentioned in #13, we’ve decided not to get a lot of gifts for each other this year.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The commercialism, without a doubt.
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? I don’t have any themes, but we do have traditions: every year, Mike and I get each other one ornament. Last year we each bought the other a dog-themed ornament. Fun.
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? I have everything I could want.
24. Angel on the tree top or a star? We have an angel.
25. Favorite Christmas dinner? From my childhood, my favorite Christmas dinner was the one my Grandma made: roast beef with mashed potatoes and carrots (you know – the kind of carrots that cook with the roast beef and up all tasty and delicious). As an adult, Christmas dinner isn’t really important to me. I like to make a tater tot casserole for breakfast (a tater tot casserole is just as good as it sounds, by the way) with muffins or something like that, but dinner isn’t really that important.