Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Meme

Getting home late, I am usually wound tighter than a drum and it takes a while to decompress completely. The nature of my job is pretty high stress and it takes its toll. And after I am finally relaxed, I get tired quickly and my eyes soon begin to cross.

When I get around to the computer, I prefer reading what I missed during the day, which means reading other blogs and whatever news I missed. So tonight, I just happened upon AC's Fore Left and what to my wondering eyes should appear? A notice, notifying him he's been tagged for a Christmas Meme. It was at that point that I strongly suspected, I'd be tagged.

And I was.

So, in the spirit of Christmas, here goes:


1. Wrapping or gift bags?

Gift bags, they can be reused. Save a tree, save the planet.


2. Real or artificial tree?

Artificial. They are safer, cheaper in the long run, and if you get some evergreen potpourri, you don't know the difference.


3. When do you put up the tree?

Usually the second weekend of December. I can't get into Christmas until December.


4. When do you take the tree down?

Whenever my wife wants it down.


5. Do you like eggnog?

About as much as I like socialism, which is slightly more than the amount I like bell peppers.


6. Favorite gift received as a child?

A bicycle.


7. Do you have a nativity scene?

Inside. I am too old to be decorating outside without proper supervision.


8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

A girl's handkerchief I got in a grab bag gift exchange at school in the 3rd grade. (This was before schools were run by a bunch of leftists.) I was traumatized until I got up Christmas morning that year and found a new bicycle under the tree.


9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Mail. I get my ass chewed by a lot of people for not e-mailing as it is, how would it look if I suddenly started e-mailing Christmas cards?


10. Favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Carol. They do not get any better than this. As old as it is, it truly captures the true spirit of Christmas. (I also found that same magic in The Polar Express, I'd rate it second.)


11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Usually in mid-December. A life-long procrastinator does not shop for Christmas any earlier. And there have been many years where, I have been out on Christmas Eve to get that one gift, I didn't have time to get.


12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Ham, mashed potatoes, and calamata olives. (So what if, I am a little strange?)


13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Years ago it was colored. Now it is clear. Nothing wrong with changing attitudes now and then. After all, I did vote for Jimmy Carter (once).


14. Favorite Christmas song?

Angels We Have Heard On High by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In fact, I like just about anything from TMTC, but don't tell Huckabee or James Dobson. They probably already have me in the heretic list.



Note-I won't tag anyone else (AC, being the greedy little scrooge he is, already tagged Mustang). So, I will just let whoever wants to answer in the comments, do it there.

2 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Well, I'll play, right here, not at my site:

1. Wrapping or gift bags?

Depends on the shape and size of the gift. I usually wrap easy shapes, but not large or heavy ones. BTW, I haven't bought a new roll of wrapping paper in over two years. Small family.

2. Real or artificial tree?

Artificial because they are both cheaper and safer in the long run. Also, I hate the mess of the dropping needles. More importantly, I have allergies. Most importantly, I have 4 cats. They climb trees!

3. When do you put up the tree?

Usually, around the December 10. I was way late this year, though. I didn't get our tree trimmed until yesterday.

4. When do you take the tree down?

After January 6th (Epiphany). The exact date depends on my work schedule.

5. Do you like eggnog?

Yes, with a small tad of something stronger. :^)

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

A bicycle (same as you, LA)

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

Two, inside the house. One is rather elaborate, tabletop top, the other small for the narrow mantle. The tabletop one is in a glassed cabinet and stays up all year round.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Too many to enumerate! Teachers get lots of stuff.

9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Mostly snail-mail, except for overseas and blog friends.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?

"It's A Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

August or September.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Ham! We get a Honey Baked for Christmas, at least a week ahead of time. And I make ham-and-bean soup with that ham bone. I made that soup just yesterday!

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Both! We put the clear lights toward the trunk, the colored further out; the former are on steady, the latter are programmed to do all they can (flash, chase, etc.).

Lots of light on that 6-foot tree! Jesus is the Light of the World.

Our tree has a beautiful angel at the top.

14. Favorite Christmas song?

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" The version I love best is the one by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, a group which began here locally but is now famous all over the world.

LASunsett said...

//5. Do you like eggnog?

Yes, with a small tad of something stronger. :^)//


I just opt for the "something stronger", minus the eggnog mix.

Grand Marnier, Bourbon, Martinis, etc.

Merry Christmas AOW, thanks for playing.