Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Christmas Survey

I have seen this on several blogs, so thought I would join in......
About the TREE....
1.When do you put up the Christmas tree? The weekend after Thanksgiving (usually)
2. Real or fake? We have done both over the years. Right now we do fake.
3. Lights? What color? Clear
4. Garland? Not on the tree
5. Theme or no theme? Are gold painted macaroni ornaments and toilet paper spool soldiers a theme?
6. What kind of topper? An Angel
7. What's your favorite ornament? Our "First Christmas Together 1979" ornament. It became very fragile so I stored it someplace "special" last year and forgot where. It is the first Christmas in 30 years it has not been on our tree.
8. What does your tree skirt look like? Ivory tatted
9. Where do you put your tree? In the formal livingroom.
10. Who decorates the tree? The entire family.
11.What's "under" the tree? Right now there are a couple of matchbox cars leftover from TJ and Zach playing under there.
12. Do you put candy canes on your tree? Ummmm...think "Charlotte and Zach", so that would be a "no". I always put them on when my boys were little. They would eat one Christmas morning. Charlotte and Zach get one in their stocking.
About the FOODS....
1. What's your favorite Christmas cookie? Kiss Cookies
2. Do you bake cookies and give them away? We bake them every year but rarely give them away. My friend Sue ALWAYS gave me a full tray of 20 different kinds cookies she had made. I never baked then....I moved so it is impossible to get those cookies now, so I bake!
3. Any "special" foods or candy that you only have at Christmas time? Dirtcake, magic cookie bars, and monkey bread
4. What do you eat Christmas EVE? My entire family comes Christmas Eve. We have Roast Beef sandwiches, Cheesy potato casserole, several other sides, and dirtcake.
5. What do you eat on Christmas day? It is different every year. Last year I did a prime rib. It is just our family and my MIL is coming this year, so I will do a ham or a roast.
6. Do you like Eggnog?? NO.
7. Do you like candy canes? They are ok.
1. Where do you hang your stockings? On the mantle.
2. Do you put lights on your house? Yes. It is different every year.
3. Got any outside lawn decorations? No
4. Do you put up a nativity (creche)? I use too, but the one I had was ceramic and it got broken. I made it myself in ceramics class back in the 80's.
Do you hang mistletoe over the door? Nope.
6. Got a wreath on your front door? Yes
7. How long does it take you to decorate? The weekend.
About the movies/shows
1 . Favorite Children's Xmas TV show/cartoon? Rudolph.
2. Wonderful Life/Miracle on 34th St/A Christmas Carol (Scrooge)I like them all.
Favorite Christmas movie?? National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. I love Cousin Eddie!
4. Have you ever seen the Nutcracker Suite Ballet live? No.
5. Ever been to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show?? No.
6. Ever gone to the movies on Xmas Day? No
Other Christmas things....
1. Favorite Christmas book or story? The Christmas story from the Bible.
Do you stuff your stockings with any types of food? For the fur kids? My kids always get candy in their stocking.
3. Do you go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve? No, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday.
4. Have you ever gone Caroling? Yes
5. Favorite Christmas Carol? I love so many of them....I think O Come, O Come Emmanuel is way up there, and Mary, Did You Know?.
6. Do you believe in Santa? Nope
7. Do you leave Santa cookies? The kids leave cookies and milk for Daddy.
8. What about Rudolph...Nope
9. What was your best Christmas gift? When I was about 13 I got a desk with all the "stuff" to go with it. That was awesome!
10. What was the worst/most odd gift? I don't remember a "worst" gift, my grandmother use to get "odd" gifts from her son and we all gathered around while she opened the package. It was always a riot!
11. Do you go to a "work" Christmas party? Until Sweetheart was laid off we went EVERY year for 20+ years.
12. Do you hate going? With a passion! It was the only night of the year Sweetheart would drink. I loath drunkenness!!!
13. Do you send Christmas cards? I always sent Christmas cards! The last two years I have not sent any.
14. Do you make a "list"? Lots of lists.
15. Do you check it twice? & thrice & etc...Many times
16.When do you start shopping? December 1st.
17.Do you shop on Black Friday? Absolutely not!
20. ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS? NOT EVEN CLOSE! I will be sewing binding down on Christmas Eve!!!
Now it's your turn!


Love Bears All Things said...

I did this one today, also. I enjoyed reading your answers.
Mama Bear

Susan said...

This was a fun read, Bren! I copied it and will do it sometime next week. I had to laugh about putting your special ornament in a safe place and now not remembering where that place is! :) Sounds like something I would do.

~Joann~ said...

Bren~ I would never thought of you as being a National lampoons christmas vacation kind of person. I love that movie, watch it many times throughout the year.

Deborah said...

This year we just put up a small tree with mini ornaments. It's sitting on a table topper that is supposed to look like snow. A collection of Christmas do-dads sits under the tree. That and the Nativity set is all for this year.
Ususally I set the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year is was a little later.
Hobby Lobby has had Christmas dishes and mugs half-price for at least 2 weeks now.
I love making hot chocolate for my husband and I and our old mugs were cracking, so we got new ones this year.
The last few days before Christmas will be spent in a baking frenzy. It happens every year! It would not be the holidays without it!!

One Christian Mom said...

OK, I'll play :-) Look for it tomorrow. I Loved reading your answers. BTW - Your tree looks beautiful.

Crispy said...

I loved reading your answers, a very fun post :0)


Kathryn said...

You most certainly can wrap the fabric, as long as you follow through and actually make the gift. SHE never did, and that was the problem. If SHE did, it was an awful outfit. I'll email you...SHE'S not someone I like to talk about for all to see :)

Marydon Ford said...

Bren ~ so love your write as always. It is always fun to learn/share more of one another. TY for sharing.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon