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Christmas Meme

I’m going to fall back on an old favorite, doing memes. I did a lot of memes when I first started blogging, but I don’t do them very often now. I think I got burned out! I’ve seen this one at Annie‘s blog, as well as several other blogs, so I thought I’d swipe it and play today. Feel free to keep it going at your blog if you’d like!

1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? Mostly wrapping paper, I like for people to have things to open at the holidays. I do fall back on gift bags if it’s an odd size or last minute thing. Very few though

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial. And pre-lit now (post here when we bought it two years ago, Tim hates stringing the lights!)

3. When do you put up the tree? After Thanksgiving and Tim’s birthday

4. When do you take the tree down? After Christmas but before New Years

5. Do you like eggnog? Yes, but Tim doesn’t, so I rarely buy any

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hello. I can’t remember my childhood. I have no idea!

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, and I’ve blogged about it before – it’s olive wood and my mother-in-law bought it for us in the Holy Land. A family treasure, to be sure

8. Hardest person to buy for? a tie between my dad and father-in-law

9. Easiest person to buy for? probably my mother-in-law or sister Gail

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I joke with Tim about the year he bought me a vacuum cleaner…. (oh, and I have blogged about that too. It seems I’ve already blogged about everything imaginable here, huh?!)

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It’s A Wonderful Life to watch on Christmas Eve, and The Bishop’s Wife while wrapping presents πŸ™‚

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? After Thanksgiving and Tim’s birthday, usually around the first of December. I’d start earlier, but I don’t get any suggestions or ideas until I beg for them. It’s like pulling teeth on both sides of the family!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Goodness, all of it! I miss my mom’s divinity, and I do love fudge, but I don’t turn down any sweets or “special” food πŸ™‚

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear

17. Favorite Christmas song? I couldn’t pick one, but I tend to like more traditional hymns like O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Joy to the World, O Holy Night, etc. I’m really enjoying the new Faith Hill Christmas CD this year, very traditional and she has a great voice

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both. Always. We travel to Tim’s parents, my sisters and rarely stay home. This year, for only the second time in our marriage, we’ll be home on Christmas Eve and able to spend time at our house. I am unbelievably excited about that πŸ™‚

19. Can you name all of SantaÒ€ℒs reindeer? Yes, thanks to the Rudolf song!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We’ll open 3 times this year, the Saturday before Christmas (Tim’s side), Christmas Eve (just us and Beau) and Christmas Day (at my sister’s)

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The materialism and overdone-ness at the season. We’re all such consumers and it’s about buy, buy, buy. The crowds and the traffic bug me too.

23. What I love most about Christmas? being with family, celebrating the birth of our Lord

  1. Sadie Said,

    I’m going to do this one too!

    I love pre-lit Christmas trees, they are my sanity savers…

  2. mamichelle Said,

    Yay, I’m going to do this too!! Give me a while though. πŸ™‚

  3. Sandra Said,

    What a fun meme, I may just have to do it πŸ™‚

  4. Kara Said,

    One of my very favorite Christmas gifts was a vacuum – I ALMOST enjoy vacuuming with my Dyson!

  5. Jill Said,

    I’ve seen this around blog-land too and think I must play along. I love that you’ve blogged already about several of your answers. Since you like eggnog, do you get the eggnog latte at Starbucks? I splurge on just one every Christmas when hubby and I take the day off to shop. I don’t remember much about childhood (ha!) but I do remember my favorite gift of all was a play kitchen. It was metal and olive green, just like my mom’s appliances…the hip color back in the 70’s.

  6. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows Said,

    Fun meme! I haven’t done a meme in a long time either. I may have to do this one.

    I like your red and green!

  7. Heidi @ GGIP Said,

    This is such a fun meme. We have a cross on top of our tree.

  8. Desert Songbird Said,

    We have a pre-lit, articifial tree as well. Saves time and money.

  9. Desert Songbird Said,

    By the way, does Beau have any special Christmas attire?

  10. Simply Dawn Said,

    I’d go crazy if our tree wasn’t pre-lit but this year I do have a stand that is not working and can’t figure out why so that’s driving me nuts…

    I did this through email the other day. If I can find it I’ll have to post mine too πŸ˜‰ Have a great weekend!!

  11. Maria Said,

    Hey, Stacy, I enjoyed reading all your responses. I need to do this on my blog soon!

  12. Lisa Said,

    I’ve been working on this one for days, hope to post it tomorrow.

    I might have to check out that Faith Hill CD too.

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