1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
I prefer paper. I like a really beautifully wrapped present. But sometimes the bag is the more practical thing.
2. Real tree or artificial?
Real. I did the artificial for awhile, and it just doesn't do it.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Within a week after Thanksgiving.
4. When do you take the tree down?
When I get time to think again. Usually end of January.
5. Do you like eggnog?
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I have no idea! In trying to remember, all I can really remember as great gifts are the train sets that my brothers got and the build-it-yourself radios that my older siblings got. Igot a rocking chair when I was 19 and pregnant, but that doesn't count as 'as a child'. All I can remember right now is a lamp for my room. (Which does not mean that I was shorted on presents. We always had magnificent Christmases.)
7. Hardest person to buy for?
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Daughterly. I could spend $1000 on her without blinking and eye.
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Three actually. Made them all myself during the years I did ceramics.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
A wallet. Twice. The first one was from my husband the first year we were together. We were on our way to celebrate Christmas at my father's and Dale stopped on the way at K-Mart, bought me a wallet, brought out the bag and handed it to me with "Here". I took out a wallet and said, "What's this?" and he said, "Your Christmas present." Oh, smooth, Dale.
Last year, Travanti kept going on about what a great present I was going to get from his mother. How much money she was going to spend on me. Really had my curiosity up. It turned out to be a 'designer' wallet! Stiff, ugly, impractical. I've never used it.
11. Mail or email cards?
Mail. It's more Christmas-y, like a real tree. Though I love the ones I've gotten by e-mail, and have printed them out.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Really hard. Maybe "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which we still watch even with no children around.
13. When do you start Christmas shopping?
No particular time. Every time I see something unusual, I think about who would like it and stick it away for Christmas.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
No favorite that I can think of. I miss my mother's decorated cookies, but I can't eat them, my daughter won't, and my husband wouldn't appreciate them.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Color. I like to have four separate strings. One is clear and stays on, the other three, one each green, red, and blue, cycle through their colors. It makes for a lot of lights, but it's beautiful. I spend a whole day just putting on the lights. That's my tree in the icon, in it's green phase, though the top string of clear lights had gone out.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
I couldn't say. I love all the old traditional ones.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Travel. It isn't Christmas if it's at home.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Like noip, if I sing the song.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Angel. We had a traditional Christmas song when I was little:
Sweet Angie, the Christmas tree angel
On the top of the tippy-tippy-top of the tree
All dressed up in stardust and tinsel
Have a very, very merry, merry Christmas this year
21 Open presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Morning. With a fire in the fireplace, and stockings on the mantle, one for each person including adults. Claimed one at a time so that everyone watches each stocking being discovered. Then breakfast (sausage, bacon, shirred eggs, fruit soup, raisin toast), then the tree.
But years that we've needed to share between two families, we do one on Christmas eve.