I have absolutely nothing profound to say on this, the eve of Christmas, but I would like to share some of my Christmas traditions with you in the form of a delightful Christmas Q&A. This was originally supposed to be one of those dreaded memes, but in the spirit of the season, I’ll just answer the questions and leave the tagging to Santa. The Christmas Q&A comes from my favorite Canadian blogger Canucklehead (and please, won’t you check out his Cafe Press items for bacon lovers?)
But first! A BIG thank you goes out to Dan at dcr Blogs for giving me this awesome fruitcake.
As he points out, this fruitcake—much like real fruitcakes—will last forever and can be passed around to friends and family and enemies alike. Dan recommends that you “keep it in a T-shirt soaked in wine” so you can pass it along to your grandchildren. Granchildren! Beware gifts wrapped in wine-soaked T-shirts!
1. Wrapping or gift bags?
My idea of wrapping gifts is to take a jaggedly cut hunk of paper and smoosh it around the gift, twisting the ends like a wrapped piece of hard candy, smothering it in packing tape, and affixing a jaunty bow. So: gift bags.
2. Real or artificial tree?
In the past: real. Now: fake. This year we bought a new tree and there was a lot of swearing when we unpacked the approximately 5,000 pieces. See the various stages of the 2007 tree here.
3. When do you take the tree down?
Considering all the trouble we had getting the tree up, we may never take it down. Dave is considering dragging the still-assembled tree downstairs and keeping it in the basement year-round, but I plan to be out of the country if that happens.
4. Do you like egg nog?
Bleeeeuuuurgh. Does that answer your question?
5. Favorite gift received as a child?
Oh, man! An acoustic guitar! I wanted drums, but my parents wisely opted for something less bang-y.
6. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, but my aunt has one where all the characters are portrayed by cats. Seriously.
7. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
An outdated version of Microsoft Word, copied onto floppy disks and wrapped up like it was new.
8. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail, tho that may change next year. I love Action Cat cards.
9. Favorite Christmas Movie?
“The Snowman.” Watch my favorite part here.
10. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I love to shop—online. I usually wait until the last day Amazon guarantees Christmas delivery with regular shipping rates.
11. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Definitely my mom’s stuffing, made with 6 pounds of butter. Also pie, and lots of it.
12. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Clear? What is this crazy talk? Colored all the way.
13. Favorite Christmas song(s)?
14. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We didn’t go through all that trouble putting up a tree to go somewhere else. Our butts are firmly planted at home. Guests are welcome, as long as they don’t mind dust bunnies.
15. Angel on the tree top or a star?
16. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Eve is for cheaters! How can you spend a night of sleepless anticipation if you’ve already opened your prezzies?
17. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
I’ll have to steal from Canucklehead’s answer and say that the ridiculous trend political correctness is getting out of hand. “Holiday Trees” my butt.
18. What do you leave for Santa?
Anything left out for Santa would probably be eaten by Gus, so, sorry, Santa. You’re on your own.
19. Least favourite holiday song?
Maurice Chevalier’s rendition of “Jolly Old St. Nicholas.”
20. Favourite ornament?
For years my brother and I fought over a tiny porcelain bell. Each of us wanted to hang it on the tree. The bell is gone (I KNOW my brother stole it), so my current favorites are the remaining two ornaments that my Aunt Cora made out of actual eggs.
21. Family tradition?
There were originally 25 questions, but, again, in the spirit of giving spirit, I’m only making you read 21.
Happy Holidays, everyone!