(because Liz told me to…)
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags. My parents used to have to help me cover my books with grocery bags in high school so if you think I’m able to wrap a gift alone you’re insane. Oh yeah, and they’re green too…
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial. The dogs are less likely to wee on it.
3. When do you put up the tree? The weekend after my birthday…and Mary Catherine’s birthday.
4. When do you take the tree down? Generally just after New Year’s but this year it will be up until 8th January or longer because I’ll be in the UK till the 7th.
5. Do you like egg nog? No. You shouldn’t drink eggs and what on earth is nog? Relegated to the fruitcake category.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably Lady, a brittany spaniel that I got instead of the parrot I’d asked Santa to bring. Interestingly enough, Santa replied to my note in my Daddy’s handwriting explaining why I didn’t need a parrot. He is magical, I tell ya…
7. Do you have a nativity scene? My parents have one. It’s a tradition for my sister (the minister, mind you) to put Baby Jesus on top of the stable. She’s not right, that one…
8. Hardest person to buy for? Dave and Sooz.
9. Easiest person to buy for? The dogs, because they would love an old shoe!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Thank you for reminding me! They will make it by Easter at least…
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? That’s a hard one to answer…
12. Favorite Christmas movie? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. “Pass me some of them potatoes, Clark, they are gooooooooo-ooooood!”
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? After my second paycheck in December.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes indeedy.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Those little white mints with the green and red sprinkles on them that my mother always has in abundance all over the kitchen…
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored but it was an accident.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Wizards of Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the moment. But I think for traditional ones O Come, O Come Emmanuel is a favorite.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Well, they aren’t going to come to me, so…
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star, compliments of Mom, Daddy, and Target.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, of course…Santa hasn’t brought anything Christmas Eve, silly.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Not being able to spend Christmas with my furry family. I miss them so much when I travel. But when everyone I’m visiting is either allergic or doesn’t allow animals in the house (or both), I’m stuck.
23. Favorite dessert after Christmas dinner? Coconut cake. No kidding.
24. What do you want for Christmas this year? To see everyone that I love.
25. Old fashioned lights or icicle lights on your house? I would have just white lights around the columns and in the bushes (with some garland around the columns) but I ran out of Decorate The House Money.