I saw this Holiday Meme over at Barb’s place, A Chelsea Morning. She saw it on someone else’s, who saw it on someone else’s, etc. — I’ll let you trace the history there if you’d like. I thought it looked like fun, so I’m jumping in.
- Eggnog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate. Eggnog does not look at all enticing to me.
- Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? We don’t do Santa — no offense to those who do. 🙂 I want my children to know those gifts came from me! We handle Santa like any other fairy tale or storybook character, and we do watch “Rudolph,” but I never wanted to convince my children to believe in a myth.
- Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored. I do like the look of the all-white icicle lights, but we’ve always opted for colored. I don’t know — just seems bright and happy to me.
- Do you hang mistletoe? No — no reason in particular, just never did.
- When do you put your decorations up? Whenever we can get everyone together with no obligations elsewhere, which is getting harder and harder to do. I like to make it a family thing. We all go together to pick out a love tree, the boys get the decorations from the attic while my husband gets the tree into the stand and I start putting out wreaths, table decorations, etc., then we all put the ornaments on. I don’t like to do it the weekend after Thanksgiving — I’d like just a little time to change gears before Christmas — but we may go to that since everyone is home (at least for now) and off that weekend. We had a lot of things going on last weekend, so I am hoping we can do it this Saturday.
- What is your favorite holiday dish, excluding dessert? Excluding dessert? Hmm. I don’t really have any favorite holiday dishes — except Thanksgiving and Christmas are about the only times we have mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
- Favorite holiday memory as a child? I don’t really have any specific childhood memories of Christmas — just little glimpses, like one year getting Barbie dolls (my childhood nickname was Barbie, so that was special for many reasons), sometimes getting together with relatives, etc.
- When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t remember that there was any particular dramatic revelation — more of a gradual realization.
- Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No, though my family did this when I was young and my husband’s family opened all theirs on Christmas Eve.
- How do you decorate your Christmas tree? My husband puts the lights on, though in the last few years he’s had the boys help. Then we all put ornaments on. The boys have particular ones they each want to put up. It’s always fun to pull out the old favorites and talk about them every year.
- Snow! Love it or Dread It? Love it for about a day, then I want it to go away — which, thankfully, is how it usually happens here.
- Can you ice skate? Nope!!
- Do you remember your favorite gift? Not really. I enjoyed my Barbie dolls when I was younger, and I usually get some books these days, which I love.
- What is the most important thing about the holidays to you? Remembering the gift God gave to us of a Savior. We hear it so much we get used to it and take it for granted, I think, but during the holidays it seems like a special time to remember and reflect. One of the things that most helps me do that is the glorious Christmas music I hear on the radio and on CDs collected through the years.
- What is your favorite holiday dessert? I usually make this some time in December before Christmas, but a friend gave me a recipe for Harvest Loaf Cake when I had it at her house. The name sounds fallish, but we like it at Christmas. Since it is not “my” recipe I won’t post it, but it is sort of like a pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and a spiced glaze drizzled over the top. You wouldn’t think pumpkin and chocolate would go together, but it’s wonderful in that concoction.
- What is your favorite holiday tradition? Probably decorating the tree together, then reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 Christmas morning. With kids in school we’ve always had Christmas programs and recitals to go to. My youngest will have his piano recital next week, and I realized with a start that we won’t have to go to any school Christmas programs since he is not in elementary school (where everyone was in the chorus) and he’s not in the secondary choir. And, as much as I was looking forward to not having to go — I find I am going to miss it. Isn’t that silly? For years we would get exhausted during Christmas with all the stuff to go to — often we had elementary piano recital, secondary piano recital, elementary Christmas program, and secondary program — sometimes all in the same week! Along with Sunday night and Wednesday night church!! Thankfully the school rearranged its schedule — put all the piano recitals on one night (the elementary never lasted long anyway — even with 25 students, their pieces were all very short. I much preferred having them all together one night than having to go out after a rushed dinner two nights) and put the programs in separate weeks. I probably won’t miss it enough to be motivated to go to them! But there is a little pang there. We will see the children’s program at church this Sunday night and then the choir’s Christmas cantata later on. I can’t imagine Christmas without any programs like that! I may also unofficially start a new tradition of seeing a classic Christmas movie. We often see George C. Scott’s version of A Christmas Carol, and last year we rented White Christmas. I’ve thought about renting White Christmas again or another classic. It was fun sharing a movie that my family had watched often with my own children. I also used to make an ornament of every craft I tried. (Forgive me for having one long paragraph here — when I try to make new paragraphs it tries to number them.)
- What tops your tree? Right now it’s a Victorian-type angel, but I am thinking of changing it. I don’t really like angel decorations because they are so different from what an angel really is, Biblically. But I don’t know if I want to do a star or a bow or what. I think I’d prefer something with light in it to just a bow.
- Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I love them both. 🙂
- What is your favorite Christmas song? Infant Holy, Infant Lowly and Gentle Mary Laid Her Child.
- Candy canes! Yuck or Yum? More yuck than yum. 🙂
Let me know if you do this meme, too!
On another note, I wanted to mention these darling little fabric trees I saw at a link from The Sparrow’s Nest to Turkey Feathers, whose link for the pattern at Little Bird led me to the cutest button wreath here and here. I’m sad to say I haven’t made any Christmas decorations in many years, but these are inspiring, and I hope to do them! I had never read either of the last two blogs, though I do love The Sparrow’s Nest, but I am going to peruse them some more!