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Christmas Tag Play

Okay, I don’t usually do these tag things, but Rachel tagged me and well, I like her enough to play. <g> 

But first, did any locals hear my name on the news last night?  I also don’t usually respond to the local Rant on channel four because I don’t usually agree with the opinions of most locals, but I couldn’t resist last night. 

It was about the story of the woman hanging a peace wreath on her house in Denver.  Her neighborhood association is fining her ever single day that it’s up because they are calling it anti-Iraq.  She insists it’s just a symbol of peace for the season.  What I sent in to the news was “The peace symbol is a beautiful, positive thing and fitting to the season.  It’s sad to see it being called an anti – anything.” 

Christy called me right after and said she recognized her little hippy.  Heh.  My husband actually put it better.  He said,

“What happened to peace on earth, good will toward men?  I always thought this time of the year was about such things.”   

But, enough of that.  Let’s do these fun Christmas questions. 

 1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?Either.  Mostly hot chocolate.  Egg nog can be good– the spiked ones are since I’m sure the alcohol will kill any egg stuff…

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? He wraps in special paper.  But now that my kids refuse to go see him and get a picture–sob– I think he’ll move on to the little ones this year.  Sob.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White icicles but we put color nets over the topiaries and we wrap colored lights around the tree trunks.  Sometimes, the hubby lines the drive and walkway with lights.  Through the front windows, you can see the lit up 12 ft. tree in the entry as well as the stairway which is also wrapped in garland, ribbons and lights.  (I expect one of these years, I’ll wake up some morning to find he’s lined the vehicles with lights, too.) 

4. Do you hang mistletoe? When I remember.  Which reminds me…

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually, the first week of Christmas but the hubby is getting more anxious to get started these days.  I suspect the Saturday after Thanksgiving will turn into tradition for us now.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?This is a seriously hard question.  Stuffing, turkey, cranberries on rolls, warm cinnamon cider…  like Rachel, I’m pretty traditional in my food.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Getting an easy bake oven.  I know, simple and weird, but my mother spent a good month telling me that she couldn’t find one and then when I could see the box through the paper, she told me that she just found a box and that something else was really inside it.  Little girls believe their mommies.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?  I’m a very, very logical person.  I might have believed early, but I distinctly remember saying that it made absolutely no sense before I even started school. 

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes.  Sad lack of patience… but only one.  Growing up, we would decide to open one and then act like vultures and slam through them.  Waking up Christmas morning without gifts is just wrong.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Lots of homemade decorations from the kids.  They put the decorations on while I unwrap them and hand them out. But we now also have that 12 ft monster in the entry– that one has all colors on it.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it. Absolutely love it.  I want more snow.  Now. 

12. Can you ice skate? I can’t any skate.  Two left feet.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? That silly oven but later, a stereo.  Oh, I loved that stereo.  I could listen to my favorite radio stations in my own room to wait for a good song and quickly hit the record button on the tape to catch it.  Wow.  Things have changed there, eh?

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?Family. That’s why my clone question wouldn’t work.  I do love spending time with them.  I also love the smells of cinnamon and since we buy a real tree, that fresh, sharp spruce scent.  Oh, the music, too.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Pumpkin pie and this cranberry stuff my husband’s aunt Sharon makes– that stuff is so freaking good!  Oh and my mom’s banana pudding.  And she used to make divinity… I could go on.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? The family decorating time together.  We always play music and ooh and ahh over all those decorations from the many years together.

17. What tops your tree? A star, but my husband has spent twenty years looking for a specific top his grandmother had.  Something from the seventies with lights and glitter or something.  Sounds like a star-shaped disco ball.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? Giving. I enjoy finding the right gift and I love watching people’s expressions when they get it.  And yes, there is usually a gag gift with it.  Don’t worry, I get a ton of those myself. 

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? It’s a CD of songs.  Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin.  Even my kids put that one on first.  Then, the Waitress’ Christmas Wrapping.  

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yum.  I love them.  I can’t put them on the tree because I lack the ability to pass them and not eat them.  

I don’t know who to tag– anyone who wants to play. 🙂


  1. November 28, 2006    

    Any American has the right to have anti-war views and express them if they wish. People are insane, I swear.

    Even though I would pass up the peace sign for a penguin this season, she has every right to hang one up!

  2. November 28, 2006    

    Hey, thanks for playing!

  3. November 29, 2006    

    Fun meme.. I’ll have to do this one tomorrow!

  4. November 29, 2006    

    I’m the same way about candy canes 🙂

  5. Kelli McBride Kelli McBride
    November 29, 2006    

    Rinda! I did see your name and was going to email you. I figured that had to be you.

    I can’t believe the Christmas list doesn’t include fav Christmas movie. I watched WHITE CHRISTMAS with Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Bing Crosby last week. That’s one of my traditions. I just love that movie.

  6. November 29, 2006    

    We open my mother and my mother-in-law’s presents on Christmas Eve and my father-in-law’s on Christmas. There just is not enough time to do it all in one day.

    Divorce sucks.

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