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?
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.