I’ve seen variations on this on several blogs so I decided I’d do a version on mine.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I prefer wrapping paper. It usually only takes three rolls of paper to wrap all my gifts and I buy it either at the dollar store or in the after-Christmas sales when it is very cheap.
2. Real tree or artificial? I prefer a real tree but because allergies I have an artificial one. I have a seven-foot tree which I use in the years I host the family Christmas. If it’s not my year to host, I use a small, about four foot, artifical which is pre-lighted. I don’t put ornaments on it but enjoy the cheerful glow it gives through the front window.
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually some time the first week of December now that I have an artificial one. When I had a real one, usually a week before Christmas.
4. When do you take the tree down? Traditionally on New Year’s Day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Heavens, no! I don’t like milk and don’t drink alcohol.
6. Favorite gifts received as a child? Hard to remember a special favorite gift. I usually got a new doll (until I was about 10) and some new clothes and books and things like that.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Just about everyone in my family! They all have very decided tastes and preferences for brands, etc., and usually want things which are out of my budget.
8. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, it’s what I call my “folk art” nativity. The Mary-Joseph-and Jesus figure are cornhusk dolls as is one shepherd and one small angel. The wise men came from the dollar store. The angels are a mixture of wood, china, straw and have been given to me by various people. They are deliberately a mixture because anyone can be an angel. The second shepherd is a cardboard one from a nativity set I used when I taught Sunday School. The sheep are mixture … some cardboard, some with fuzzy fleece on them. Two camels are cedar purchased when I was in Morocco and the third one is burlap-ish made by missionaries in some African country. As you can tell, I’ve bought the various pieces as I’ve traveled. This gives the set extra meaning to me.
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both. I prefer paper Christmas cards but do send and receive email ones from some friends who live far away. I also enjoy those infamous Christmas letters, especially since that’s the only time I hear from some people.
10. Favorite Christmas Movie? Don’t go to movies or have a TV so I’m not familiar with movies.
11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I tend to shop all year, looking for bargains that could be a potential gift which then get tucked into my gift closet. When Christmas comes, I get things out and decide who gets what.
12. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Occasionally if I need a gift for a group gift exchange and I know the person who originally gave it to me won’t be there.
13. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas cookies!
14. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay at home in this area. I do go to my sister’s but she only lives 13 miles away. One year I traveled to New Zealand and having a warm Christmas seemed strange to me.
15. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning. We used to open them before breakfast but now we eat breakfast and then open the gifts.
16. Favorite ornament theme or color? Don’t have a theme. When I put up the big tree, I use all the ornaments collected through the years.
17. Favorite for Christmas dinner? When I was growing up, we had baked ham decorated with pineapple rings and cheeries for Christmas dinner. Now that I’m the adult head of the family, sometimes we’ve had turkey. This year because the celebration will be at my sister’s and she’s just had surgery, we’re doing Kentucky fried chicken.
18. What do you want for Christmas this year? Good health for everyone in the family.