Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Survey

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper; except for wine which goes into cute gift bags.
2. Real tree or artificial? This year... both!
3. When do you put up the tree? Early December.
4. When do you take the tree down? Ideally on or around January 6 (epiphany).
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, with a shot (or two) of Captain Morgan, nutmeg and cinnamon.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hard to remember, we got so much. I remember getting a kitchen set which might have started my love for cooking, a cabbage patch doll named Erika Leigh and a 15 speed bike. We always got a Barbie doll as well, which stayed in the boxes (I still have them, in the boxes)
7. Do you have a nativity scene? We have Lenox figurines of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Wade’s cousin’s husband Joe, he is the man who has it all.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My Mother, slap a few photos into a calendar and she's very happy.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? A book of poetry and a candle from Wade on our first Christmas together... might not be the worst ever, but I got a little nervous since I thought this was a precursor of years to come (he’s become infinitely better since).
11. Mail or email Christmas card? Mail, personalized cards complete with photos of the fur-children; this year 240 cards
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Miracle on 34th Street
12a. Favorite Christmas TV Special? Olive the Other Reindeer, and I love those end of the year "best of" specials.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? July
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Does it count if you recycled a wedding gift and gave it as a Christmas gift?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cheese Fondue (at our annual fondue party, this year hosted by Rachel and Jason)
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? C o l o r e d
17. Favorite Christmas song? That's so tough! Santa Baby, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas or Dominick the Donkey
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We travel to NY every other year (when we aren't in Australia like last Christmas)
19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (Rudolph is only an urban legend)
20. Do you have an Angel on top or a star? Neither, we put fun picks on top of the tree. This year we have little presents on one tree and candied fruit and twigs on the other. (Photo above is last year's tree)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Growing up we opened our family gifts on Christmas Eve and Santa gifts on Christmas Day. We don’t do much for Christmas Eve when home in Minnesota.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Weight Gain


Anonymous said...

OMG, I love Olive too! Merry Christmas!

Diane said...

You missed Robbie the Reindeer!! He's even better than Olive, with a the oddest group of voice talents in it (Ben Stiller, Britney, and Hugh Grant)

How warped are my kids going to be?

Anonymous said...

What kind of poetry book was it? (I'm trying to come up with presents for Alex... just kidding)

Explosive Bombchelle said...

Hooves on fire? Scarey. Of course they are now saying the early years of Sesame Street were inappropriate for children so your kids won't be nearly as messed up as their Mommy.

Explosive Bombchelle said...

Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends." It was actually quite clever of him; keep the expectations low on the first Christmas and you have no where to go but up.