Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Meme

This was actually an email from Jenny -

I pretty much never do forwards, but this looked fun, and instead of forwarding, I thought I'd just do it here. If you want to play along, please feel free to post here or on your own blog! Here it is:

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy (not forward) this entire email and paste into a new e-mail that you can send. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this> to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you......Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I prefer using gift bags because I am a TERRIBLE gift wrapper, however, I usually wrap because Jason thinks bags are weak-sauce.

2. Real tree or Artificial? I love real trees, ah the smell! But, we have a pre-lit fake we can use over and over. A little 4.5 footer. I'm really not sure which is best for the environment...I've heard both sides. It's not so good to be chopping down trees, yet it's not so good to buy petroleum based products either. It's a lose-lose. But it sure looks pretty.

3. When do you put up the tree? The day after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? January 2nd.

5. Do you like egg nog? Not really. It makes me gag a little.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? That's really hard. One that comes to mind is bitter sweet because it was the year I asked Santa for a camera but received a really fun keyboard instead, as well as a note in my dad's writing explaining that camera production in the North Pole was stalled, so Santa thought I might like this keyboard instead. It kinda ruined Santa for me. But I did love that keyboard. I think it was a Muppets one and I played with it all the time.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes! Two cheap ones I bought from Big Lots when Jason and I were first married.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My grandpa. I never know what to buy for really old people besides candy.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My sister-in-law. She's 12, very girly, and fun to shop for, and has specific stores that she loves, so I just can't go wrong.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail!! Who doesn't love getting Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Not sure...I love presents!

12. Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Story. I love Christmas Vacation too.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Around the week after Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. And that's all I'm going to say.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mexican foods like pasole and tamales. I love enchiladas on Christmas day too. MMMMM. My mom makes great pasole - it's a Mexican soup that is made with pork and hominy. It's similar to menudo (wich I like too, if it's made well) but no tripe.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Doesn't really matter to me. The tree we have has colored.

17. Favorite Christmas song? "I'll Be Home For Christmas" I remember my Pa crying when it played when it was probably his last Christmas time before he passed away, so it has a special place in my heart.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel very close to home. We try to designate one holiday per family so we aren't spread too thin and unable to enjoy our day. Christmas Eve is always Jason's mom's, Christmas Day is always my family, and Thanksgiving is always Jason's dad's. It's worked out really well the last couple of years, I think. It does help to have very understanding families too.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? dasher, dancer, prancer and vixen, comet and cupid and donner and blitzen and rudolpho. (Jenny filled this out before so, that helped) :)

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? I grew up with an angel that lit up and was waving candles (lights) but we don't have a tree topper yet. I don't really miss it. Perhaps it would give it some height though.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? I grew up with Christmas morning, only opening your jammies on Christmas Eve. Jason grew up opening everything Christmas Eve, so we sort of compromise opening one gift from each other on Christmas Eve, but mostly on Christmas day.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? TV. It's consumerism at it's worse. Stupid commercials! We've scaled back on our buying for each other because we are so sick of feeling like we need to buy all this stuff to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

23. Favorite ornament? It's hard to pick. I love so many of them! A set of four ornaments with icons of the Nativity that Maria gave us last year. She made them and they are so pretty, and were from our first Christmas in the Orthodox Church. Also, various ornaments that my cousin makes every year that are so cute, and my mom gave us a cute ornament for James that has a little baby in a pea pod and has his name on it and "Baby's First Christmas." So cute. I guess I'm kind of sentimental.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Enchiladas!!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? New sheets. I think my mother in law may get this for us. :)


Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

Mmm... your Christmas menu is making me drool! Is your family of Mexican heritage?

I'm looking forward to ricotta-spinach raviolis on Christmas day! Mmmm... I guess if I can't have enchiladas, I'll take that... :D

5:30 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

I'm a halfie.


And just about any thing meaty and cheesy sounds great lately.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Well, per our conversation, I'll leave you a comment about the Christmas tree thing! I think that real trees are far better for the environment because if people stopped buying real trees then the Christmas tree farms would go out of business and they would just use the land to put houses on. The trees are grown in lots where they get reseeded each year. And they are biodegradable of course.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Simply Victoria said...

super fun!
I'm tagging myself!

11:58 AM  

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