Directions: Change all the answers so they apply to you. Then, send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. (I leave this to your discretion —Cimmy)
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? If I had to choose, though I'm not really picky, I prefer wrapping paper. I tend to take an admittedly childish delight in tearing it off. When I was a kid, we use to routinely get out a large black plastic trash bag and put it in some location in the living room and just toss the ripped paper and mutilated ribbons into it so that it could all be tossed at once when the merriment was over. Unfortunately, I have to admit my mother-in-law, who on some levels I find terribly intimidating, has a tendency to take all the fun out of things like that with her frugal carefully-remove-all-the-paper-and-save-it-to-be-used-next-year mentality.
2. Real tree or artificial? I've never actually had a real tree. I think it would be nice to have one, just once, even considering all the problems associated with them (like keeping it watered so it doesn't shed all over the carpet like a nervous cat, for one). Unfortunately, I tend to be death on live plants so it's probably better that I stick to artificial, which ours is.
3. When do you put up the tree? It depends entirely on my mood. If I'm in a good mood, I'll usually have it up the day after Thanksgiving. Otherwise, I usually have it up by mid-December sometime. I'm not all that fond of going out into the cold and digging around in storage for the Christmas box. This year, I got the Christmas spirit somewhat early, so we had things up by the first week of December.
4. When do you take the tree down? I usually don't like to take it down until, like, February some time. As I said above, I'm not fond of rooting around in storage to get the box out. What makes you think I'd be hot to dig everything out to make room for stuff.
5. Do you like eggnog? So long as it doesn't have any rum in it, sure. Just lately, I've developed a taste for eggnog with orange juice, which is good, so long as you don't add too much, which tends to make it taste more like an orange creamsicle.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Believe it or not, my absolute favorite gift is the toy box my dad made for me out of pressboard. The thing lasted me until a couple or three years after I married my husband, when it fell apart. Even then I was loathe to throw it out.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, but it's a cheap piece of junk. I unpacked the silly thing, only to find that two of the ceramic pieces, the cow and one of the "wise men" are missing pieces. I suppose I'll have to go back to the store and ask for replacements. 😛
8. Hardest person to buy for? Believe it or not, my husband, who often has definite ideas of what he wants for Christmas. He's not the kind of guy I can present with a gift card or a necktie and just say, "Merry Christmas, honey," though he would, no doubt, graciously receive such gifts. Like most people, I want to give him something that he'll really like.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My son, who is only eight months old (nine months at Christmas) and, as such, has no real idea what Christmas is or what it entails.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? Gift sets. These things are fine and dandy and, in our house, inevitably get used, but they scream "I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO GET YOU" and are often in scents that I can't wear because they are so overpoweringly strong or just don't like.
11. Mail or email Christmas card? I prefer mailed Christmas cards, which seem so much more personal, but I'm not above the occasional emailed card, if it comes to that.
12. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a toss-up between A Nightmare Before Christmas and While You Were Sleeping, which isn't, strictly speaking, a Christmas movie, but it has Christmas in it so that, in my opinion, is good enough.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Generally speaking, whenever I have money. Once, I started shopping in July, which certainly made things easier on me, not to mention cheaper, so I may do that again next year.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Not to my knowledge. I've never really understood the whole "regifting" thing, anyway.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cherry Pie is my favorite. My mother usually makes one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? At present, clear.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Angels We Have Heard On High
18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? This year we plan to travel, weather permitting, but I've usually stayed at home due to financial constraints.
19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? Well, according to the poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas their names are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Other reindeer have, since, been added, the most famous and popular of which is Rudolph, from the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. However, I'm fond of the line-up as stated by Cheech Marin in the skit Santa Clause and His Old Lady: Donner, Blissen, Vato, Chewie, and Berto.
20. Do you have an angel on top or a star? We have an angel, but, for the longest time, we made do with a paper star stapled together.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Usually, we go for Christmas morning, but sometimes we'll relent and allow just one present per person to be opened on Christmas Eve, if the suspense is too much to handle otherwise.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The commercialism. I swear, my daughter, who is only five, has already got a list of three really expensive toys she wants and is unlikely to get because our budget is so tightly stretched. I wish these people were more interested in making sure every family had what they need for Christmas rather than spending all their time minding their bottom line. I could go on and on, but it's Christmas and I don't want to spend more time feeling depressed than I have to.