Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Christmas meme

Special thanks to NurseExec for this one.

1. Does your family send Christmas cards?
Always. We even hang them up. I have kept my Christmas cards every single year since I've been on my own. Not just the photo ones, but the paper ones, too.

2. How soon do you start shopping?
I traditionally start the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year it was the Saturday after T-Day. A migraine prevented me from partaking in early festivities.

3. Who do you shop for?
Immediate family and my two best friends. I bake for co-workers.

4. Do you put up a Christmas tree?
It wouldn't be Christmas without one!

5. If so, is it fake or real?
It is fake. I live on my own, in a loft. It would be a doozy for me to drag a real tree up the stairs every year. Plus, I kill plants. I have a black thumb.

6. Do you like tinsel?
Ick, nooooooooo. Besides, it's too much temptation for the cats, and the last thing I need during the holidays is a ginormous vet bill.

7. Do you use homemade or store bought ornaments?
Both. In fact, this year, I'm taking pictures of my ornaments and writing posts about the stories behind them.

8. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
It's against condo association bylaws to do that.

9. Do you put lights on the tree?
It's a pre-lit tree that I bought from the Home Despot the day after Christmas one year. Best clearance deal EVER.

10. How about popcorn and cranberries?
Nope. Don't wanna attract vermin.

11. Is there a wreath hanging on your door?
Yes, it's a wreath handmade by Mama Cat herself.

12. Do you hang up your stocking?
At the Cat Family homestead, yes, because there is a fireplace. At my place, no; I don't have a fireplace.

13. Does your family read "Twas the night before Christmas?"
We used to, when Sister Kitten and I were little. We also read a book called Santa Mouse. We don't do this anymore, now that we're grown. :(

14. Christmas Movie?
A Christmas Story is the BEST Christmas movie EVER. No question. Sister Kitten and I watch the 24 hour marathon on TNT every year and we never get sick of it. We can quote the dialogue.

15. Character from any Christmas Movie
Randy, the little brother from A Christmas Story. My favorite scene is the one where he eats dinner as if he were a pig. Oh, and no mention of A Christmas Story would be complete without the leg lamp!

16. Christmas Song
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town", as performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

17. Christmas Memory
My sophomore year of college a bunch of us went to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We took the Metro North into the city, saw the show, then went to Jekyll and Hyde's afterward. We caught the last train back to school at 1:30 AM. We got back to campus at 3:30 AM. It was a great night...:)

18. Give or Receive?
Both are fun

19. Ham or Turkey?

20. White Lights or Colored Lights?
White; I'm not much of a fan of colored lights on small Christmas trees. On the bigger ones, such as the one in Rockefeller Center, it works.

21. Blinking Lights or Still Lights:
Still. I get motion sickness when I look at blinking lights.

22. Were you Naughty or Nice this year?
I'm a nice girl.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?
A new washing machine would be nice, since mine no longer runs cold water.

24. When do you open your gifts?
Christmas morning

25. What's the best gift you've ever gotten?
I've received a lot of nice gifts.

26. What's the worst gift you've ever gotten?
Can't think of one.

27. Who gives you the most gifts?
I really don't keep a tally.

28. Have you ever had a secret Santa?
We do Secret Santa every year at work.

29. Do you like wrapping gifts?
Ugh, noooooooo. Read this.

30. Do you put change in those red buckets?
Yes. I feel that any contribution I make is worthwhile, even if it's just a few pennies.

31. Do you burn a yule log?
Only the one they broadcast on TV. Anyone out there in Bloggerland remember the Yule Log on WPIX every year?

32. Can you name all the reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph

33. Do you bake cookies?
It depends on how busy and healthy I am during the holiday season.

34. Have you ever seen your mommy kissing Santa Claus?

35. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?

36. Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?
No, but we used to have some neighbors who would deck the halls, so to speak.

37. Have you ever left Santa cookies?
We did growing up. We left the jelly thumbprint cookies for him...which, coincidentally, were Papa Cat's favorite cookies. Hmmm...

38. Have you ever sat on Santa's lap?
Mama Cat has some pictures, yes.

39. Who do you celebrate Christmas with?
The Cat Family--rawther, my immediate family.

40. Where do you celebrate Christmas?
At the Cat Family homestead.

41. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes, but not every year. In Connecticut it's a crapshoot.

42. What part of Christmas do you look most forward to?
The concerts, the carols, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Also spending lots of time with friends and family.

43. Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?
When I was little.

44. Does your family always take pictures at Christmas?
Moreso when we were kids, not so much as adults.

45. Have you ever heard the song "Thank God For The Kids"?


Grand Pooba said...

I LOVE A Christmas Story too! The leg lamp is a classic!

(ELF is a close second)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a great meme! I'll have to do it later this month, too.

Agree on the tinsel. Barfed up tinsel is gross. In the litter box is even worse!

And let's here it for cool pre-lit fake trees on clearance after Christmas! We put up two - the old fake tree and the new, pre-lit fiber optic one that I got for $37, regularly $130!

RunninL8 said...

Bad Santa is a slap-nuts funny flick that the Huz and I love to watch after the kids are asnooze in their beds. Just our type of hilarity-the 2 of us falling over each other with laughter. Although, my 14 yr old is so dang cool I'm tempted to let her watch it with us-but on the other hand...She's my lil baby and would be tainted! Elf and Christmas Vaca top the list, too. I'm the only one who enjoys Christmas Story.How can you not appreciate words like Bacchanalia?! Huz can't get over Messy Marvin. It's the NARRATION, Hunny!
And no x-mas is complete without Bob River's White Trash Christmas CD!!

Celia said...

I have demanded that our next house have a bay window, precisely so I can put up a leg lamp.

septembermom said...

That's a workout of a meme! Loved your answers. I run the other way from tinsel :) Sounds like you have wonderful Christmas traditions!

I hope you get your washing machine! I hope you enjoy The Boss' Christmas serenade this year :)

Momma Hunt said...

Super fun, now you have me thinking of my favorite holiday stuff. I also did not know that you were also a connecticutter (I like that better then nutmeger). I am hoping to see some snow soon, my son keeps talking about now so we will see if he gets some soon

Missy said...

Kitten: My parents and brother and I used to go out to eat every Christmas Eve. My brother and I used to tell them we "had to rush home to watch The Yule Log" (On WPIX)They always got a kick of out that. Thanks for reminding me of a great memory.

Jenners said...

Totally with you on "A Christmas Story" (Jean Shepard!!!) ... followed by "Elf." : )

And I can't believe you save ALL your cards!!! I feel guilty if I throw away the photo ones but the paper ones go in the trash.

Mammatalk said...

We got our Christmas tree on Dec 26 as well. The best deal ever!

Marie said...

Great meme. As far as I'm concerned, the prelit fake tree is the best thing to happen to Christmas since presents.

Mary B. said...

I am hoping to see some snow soon, my son keeps talking about now so we will see if he gets some soon.