Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I'm a holiday copycat!

LadyLino snagged this from The Mother of All Shrones and now I am snagging it, too! It was just too good of a compliment to my previous hater post. (A trend I fully plan to continue this month as I find more worthy decorations to photograph)

This is the 2005 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends! (Somewhat edited to allow for holiday ambiguity)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate, please -- with a nice thick peppermint (not one of those gross fruity ones) candy cane to stir it with.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
If we had a tree, I'd say wrap the gifts for sure. In our case, the Hanu-Mas Fairy (as hubby likes to call it, in honor of his Jew wife) wraps gifts and stows them in the office closet until time comes to open them. ONE PER NIGHT!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
None, please. FOR THE LOVE! See my previous post. If I HAD to choose though, I'd say white lights, in limited quatities--on the tree.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but that is a decorating tradition I wouldn't necessarily be opposed to. Any chance to make out with the Mr. is alright by me.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Normally, never. However, I broke down and hung a wreath around Thanksgiving and have since added a garland to my mantle and a festive (read: red) throw blanket to the couch. I'm wild I tell you! Still -- no lights. None.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Latkes, my friend. No Hanukkah is complete without them. And I'm told that spiral cut honeybaked ham is also quite nice, although I've never indulged.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Playing dreidel with my sister on the kitchen floor back when we knew what each letter stood for. In my book, they now all stand for "take all". That might explain why no one will play with me.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Young enough to know that all the kids in my preschool class were setting out cookies and waiting up for no good reason. I'm sure my parents were the ones to break the horrible news. And then warn me strictly not to "ruin it for the other kids"

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
If Christmas Eve happens to fall on one of the eight nights of Hanukkah, yes. Otherwise, nuh-uh.

10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him?
See #8
However, if you want suggestions, AfricanKelli has lots of nice ideas.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Living in the SF Bay Area we rarely see anything more dramatic than a big rain storm. However, I long for our drives to Tahoe and look forward to peeling down the mountain on my Luna. LOVE IT.

12. Can you ice skate?
We'll find out in a few weeks when I hit the outdoor rink in KC. Pray for me, will you?

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Hubby gave me my Luna a few years back -- that was a pretty sweet gift. I have loved it long time.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family and time off to enjoy them. We all race around during the year trying to be everything to everyone and this is when we get to sit down, be ourselves and enjoy one another's company. Plus, eat.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
I do enjoy the occasional brick of fudge, and the peanut brittle stuff (or is it called almond bark?). My mom-in-law also sends us these amazing sugar cookies. Sit me down with a tube of these bad boys and a hot pot of tea and I'll be happy for hours.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
The giant party at my folks place. I've just recently realized what a trooper my mom is. She's been hosting these big family holiday parties (three or so a year) since before I was born, and has gotten quite good at them. At this stage in the game I tend to end up flipping latkes and drinking wine with the lady-folk in the kitchen and it is highly enjoyable. Bad part is coming home stinking of fried potatoes.

17. What tops your tree?
No tree to report here.

18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving?
Yes, please.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Carol?
There isn't usually a lot of singing at our place, Christmas Carols or not. However, there is a low hum of snoring that usually starts after dinner that is usually in key.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
YUM! I had my first one the other day. It arrived ironicaly taped to a flyer celebrating our neighborhood decorating contest. Step 1-Throw out flyer. Step 2-Eat candy cane.


  1. Um, dude. Isn't Hannukah the "festival of lights?" Miss, "I HATE LIGHTS!"

    ;) See. I told you I read this.

  2. See, it's not that I hate "lights", it's that I hate the abuse of "lights" and it appears that there are very few of the holiday cheerful that have the ability to control themselves when it comes to "lights". And, so, therefore I say -- if you can't do anything nice, don't do anything at all. :)


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