Yaya featured this Christmasy line of questioning, and I decided to take part because I know you care what I think. Happy Ho Ho Ho to you!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I typically have an aversion to the gift bag despite its convenience and even quite often, its cuteness. I don’t dislike receiving gifts in bags, I just prefer to give a box with wrapping paper and bow because I love to wrap presents. However, this year, due to the odd conglomeration of your gifts, Yaya and Claire, yours will be in bags. It is no reflection upon our friendship. Scout’s honor.
2. Tree--Real or Artificial? I’m not fanatical either way – real trees provide the great smell while helping local farmers and the environment, but artificial trees are convenient and cost-effective. We have a real tree currently in our apartment since Kell has certain holiday demands. Plus, it’s probably safer for the twins to eat real tree branches as opposed to artificial. My energy goes into the lights.
3. When do you put Christmas tree up? I grew up with an artificial tree, and we used to put it up the day after Thanksgiving. However, Kell’s demand for a real tree prevented us from being able to do that. We actually just got our tree decorated this week.
4. When do you take the tree down? As soon as possible after Christmas. I think the tree loses its luster on December 26th.
5. Like egg nog? Nope. And I’m over it. I do however like a little bit of hot chocolate with my marshmallows.
6. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, I do. Not sure where it is right now, but I have one.
7. Favorite gift received as a child? I can remember getting a set of Legos every year even into my teens. I kind of wish I still got them. But, the twins might think they are treats.
8. Hardest person to buy for? KELL. No question.
9. Easiest person to buy for? Harris, Yaya, Olive and Charlie.
10. Worst Christmas gift? I can’t personally recall a terrible gift I’ve gotten, but Harris got a doozie a couple of years ago – a pink nightlight with a picture of a cat on it that said “Princess Kitty.” And, yes, I did say a couple of years ago. Not 15.
11. Mail or email a Christmas Card? Mail for sure. I love to get mail.
12. Favorite Christmas movie? The (original) Grinch, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Vacation, Elf, Polar Express.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? This year, I began early on accident when I came across something I found to be Christmas gift-worthy; I bought the very first one in July. My goal was to be finished by December 1, but I failed miserably - I purchased the last one this week.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. In fact, I’m doing it this year. It’s a part of a grander gift scheme, but re-gifted nonetheless. And I’ll never tell.
15. Favorite food to eat on Christmas? My family usually eats breakfast for dinner on Christmas Eve, and I LOVE it. I did have the worst heartburn of my life on Christmas morning after a smoked sausage binge the night before. I limit my intake now to 3-5 smokies.
16. Clear or colored tree lights? You know, I used to be really passionate about the white lights, but I must say the colored ones are growing on me. When I grow up, I plan on having 2 trees, one for each. Colored or clear, there just has to be enough. Kell asked me last year if I was planning on having an airplane land in our living room.
17. Favorite Christmas Song? Please see previous post.
18. Travel during Christmas or Stay home? I’ve always traveled on Christmas, and one day I’d like to be home. But, I can’t imagine not being with family on Christmas Day. Maybe they can all come to me. I can serve smokies and marshmallows.
19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? “You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen…Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!” There’s also Olive the Other Reindeer. I think Santa’s original Elite 8 reindeer team is underrated. One foggy night and they lose credit for hundreds of years of successful Christmas runs. Now they live in the shadow of an illuminate red nose.
20. Angel or Star on tree top? Either way. I have a star on my tree.
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Why can’t we do both? It only comes around once a year, so savor the season while you can. I remember one year my mom letting Harris and me open one gift before Christmas Eve. It was a Michael Bolton tape.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? I agree with Yaya: America has lost sight of what the world’s most celebrated holiday is all about, and I’m just as guilty as the next person. It’s too easy to concern ourselves with what we’re getting for him, how much we’re spending on her and how we’ll pay for it once it’s all over with. Sure there are non-biblical things that have become Christmas commonplace, but the Greatest Gift of all was born in a manger thousands of years ago. He received three gifts from three Wise Men and became the King of Kings. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!