Friday, December 05, 2008

20 days . . .

That's right. Twenty days until Christmas.  Holy crap, I am so not going to be ready.  But instead of knitting, decking, shopping, baking and wrapping, what am I doing?  Blogging!  Blogging the fun Christmas Meme that's been making the rounds.  I love filling them out almost as much as I love reading them on everyone's blogs

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both.  I like the look of wrapped gifts better.  But for the odd sized, hard to wrap presents, I'll cave and throw it in a gift bag.

2. Real tree or artificial?  REAL!!  My dad is allergic to pine, so we always had a fake one growing up and I always hated it.  (I think I might be mildly allergic too, but I ignore it.  I always get sick for Christmas.)

3. When do you put up the tree?  I tend to do things at the last minute, so usually the week before Christmas and it's hard to find a good tree.  (That's last years tree to the left, looking pretty sad.)  This year we are hosting the annual Christmas party for a group of friends, so we're getting our tree this weekend!

4. When do you take the tree down?  Again, the last minute.  Usually the day before the town will be collecting the dead trees.

5. Do you like eggnog?  Love it, but I haven't had it in years.   Why doesn't anybody make a low-sugar, Splenda eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?  Hmmmm, I don't know.  Santa always brought me great stuff, but I don't remember an all-time favorite.

7. Hardest person to buy for?  Dad.

8. Easiest person to buy for?  Mom.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?  Nope.

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?  Mail.  And sometimes I make them myself.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?  It wasn't so much the gift, but what the gift-giver said.  A co-worked handed me a box of chocolates and said "I feel really bad giving you these because I know you can't have them."  Ummm, okay, then why did you pick them out for me?  (And by the way, I can have them, I just have to count the carbs and take insulin for them).

12. Favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story.  And The Year Without A Santa Claus - because I love the HeatMiser!!  Oooohhh, and I know it's not a movie, but just thinking about the Schweddy Balls bit with Alec Baldwin from Saturday Night Live sends me into a fit of giggles every time.  I wish I could find it on YouTube or something.

13. When do you start shopping?  Mid-December when the panic sets in.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  Yes, but only as a joke.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  Christmas cookies!!  We have them for breakfast on Christmas morning.

16. Lights on the tree?   Lots of 'em.  White and non-blinking please.

17. Favorite Christmas song?   The Carol of the Bells.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?   We go to my parents house.  They live two miles from my house, so it's not really traveling.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?  Sure can.  Can you?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?  A star, as you can see in the picture.  It's made from grapevines.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?   Christmas morning!!  I'd hate to spoil the surprise.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?   Long lines and rude people in the stores.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?   Errr, I don't know.  My decorating taste leans toward old-fashioned and country inspired things.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?  I love those spiral hams.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?   Malabrigo!!!  (Doesn't every knitter want to find Malabrigo under the tree?)

9 comments:

xtinec1 said...

Hey - I just watched a great new Christmas movie - "Fred Claus" - I cried........not exactly "A Wonderful Life," or "A Christmas Story," but pretty cute!
Ho Ho Ho!!!!

Jennifer said...

I'm so not ready for Christmas. 20 days is freaking me out.

I'd love some malabrigo under the tree!

Zonda said...

I'm not ready either!! Tree next weekend though! Real!

Kathy said...

Ohhh I loved reading yours! I announced I am all about paper gift bags this year. No wrappin for me!

We alternate real and artificial trees. This year is real. Here come the stuffy noses and cat vomits.

I LOVE me a spiral ham.

Movie: Muppet Christmas Carol. So well done!

Malabrigo sounds great to me too! NOw that i know how to use hair conditioner to soften it up even more!

Rebecca said...

Yours is the third Christmas meme that I have read in the last hour and I'm enjoying reading them. Guess it is time I jumped in with one for myself! It is about this time every year that I am kicking myself for not knitting Christmas gifts throughout the year rather than doing it all in one month. 20 days? IKES!

amandacathleen said...

I'm so envious of real trees! I wish we could have one, but I get waaaay too sick. Instead, so I can have some real Christmas greenery. I get a real wreath and hang it on the backdoor. Smells soo good!
Loved reading your answers! Christmas always comes too quickly.

Jessica said...

It could be worse. You could have 5 days until Xmas because you are celebrating early with your side of the family and still have an entire sock for a man + the ribbing of another to knit and a scarf that isn't finished and is killing your hands... ;)

Ragan Knits etc... said...

:-)
I hope that you are able to finish your Christmas knitting!!!

knitseashore said...

I love your meme...since it is now only 9 days til Christmas, I am hoping you have been able to do more things and are no longer panicking. :)

I want a real tree so badly, but due to the job thing, we opted for the fake one again. But next year, we're doing it!

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