Melissa Marsh over at Writing with Style posted this great Christmas meme. Feel free to use it on your blog, or just put your own answers in the comments to this post. Kinda fun and guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Egg Nog. I love it, especially with nutmeg. I can't have it with alcohol, but I think egg nog is good enough without it. I drink hot chocolate the rest of the winter.
2. Does Santa (meaning you) wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Santa wraps. Wrapping presents is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colored. Please. I'm so over the white lights. I was never so thrilled when the really big colored lights came back.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Only when there's a chance it might come into use.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
I usually wait until about 2 weeks after Thanksgiving. I'm still a live-tree gal, so I don't like getting one any earlier, for fear it will dry out.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Ham with scalloped potatoes. I guess you can have that any time, but it always tasted so good for Christmas dinner. Especially after you're burnt out on all the turkey from Thanksgiving.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
We used to make these really funky Christmas ornaments with some colored construction paper, Elmer's glue and glitter. Or long paper garlands - actually my sisters made those.
Another funny memory was one that I wasn't involved in personally but it's a family favorite: one Christmas my mother and my older sisters went crazy and took that white snow in a can - usually used only on windows - and sprayed Christmas greetings on the doors inside the house. Not knowing that it would ruin the paint on the doors. We had the outline of "Merry Xmas" and "Happy New Year" on our bedroom doors for years.
Another nice memory is the first year that my stepfather was part of the family. On Christmas Eve, he took me to the Southland Mall to buy presents for my mother. I was probably only 7 or 8, but I felt so special and grown up because he took me.
Another was when we lived in Frankfut, Germany when I was 10 and the first Christmas we spent over there. Going to the old part of town and shopping in all the wonderful shops was magical.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
My sister Becky told me one evening, without consulting with my mother about it. Kinda wished my mother would have been the one, but because she was always gone and working so much, my sisters were surrogate mothers anyway.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yep, if I have any to open. Sometimes I don't get any presents until I get to my family's houses, which is usually not until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
I have a motley mix of ornaments that I've collected over the years. Some are almost 35 years old, and they are my favorites. I have a lot of animal ornaments.
Another thing I'm glad to see come back into fashion is tinsel. It seemed like for a long time no one used it. But I love it.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it. But then I don't have to live in it.
12. Can you ice skate?
Ha. You're kidding, right?
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I don't remember many of them, but I know the ones that always were my favorites were the stuffed animals. Those and the plastic horses.
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Spending time with my family, and also trying not to turn into a Scrooge. It's tempting to do when you've been single for a long time.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Every year I hunt out peppermint ice cream. It's my favorite all year long, but sometimes I can only find it in the stores around Christmas time.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I'm trying to keep up a tradition of reading a Charles Dickens book every year, but there's been a few years that it hasn't happened. I'm also getting into collecting those little villages - for a long time I thought they were hokey, but now I'm really getting interested in building up a collection. I must be getting old.
I also love driving around and looking at decorated houses. This year my best friend and I started a tradition of taking the dogs for a walk around the neighborhoods that are really decked out. Lots of fun.
17. What tops your tree?
A raccoon! (Not a real one.)
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
I know the proper answer is to say I love giving, and I do love it. I especially love giving presents to those who really need them. But I love to receive too. Let's see....
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Classic: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
Semi-New: "Merry Christmas Darling" by the Carpenters
New: "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUM! See my answer above about my favorite dessert.