A Christmas Survey

Saw this over at Bears In Exile.

About the TREE….

1.When do you put up the Christmas tree? It varies, depending on everyone’s schedule. Only once the day after Thanksgiving — that seems to soon for us.
2. Real or fake?
3. Lights? What color? Multi-colored.
4. Garland? No.
5. Theme or no theme? No theme Just family treasures.
6. What kind of topper? A Victorian-looking angel. I have thought of changing to a star because angels don’t really look like that, but haven’t found one I liked yet.
7. What’s your favorite ornament? I have many, but this would be one of the favorites.

8. What does your tree skirt look like? Blue and white with snow people.
9. Where do you put your tree? In a corner of the living room by the piano.
10. Who decorates the tree? All of us.
11.What’s “under” the tree? Presents, once we wrap them. No trains.
12. Do you put candy canes on your tree? Sometimes.

About the FOODS….
1. What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
We don’t really have any special ones we bake. We used to do the decorated sugar cookies just for fun. I do buy those long thin cylinder ones filled with chocolate just at Christmas time. Some years I make a gingerbread teddy bears, but they’re a little labor-intensive, so often I run out of time.
2. Do you bake cookies and give them away? Not usually, though my daughter-in-law and I have talked about it. I have given away Harvest Loaf Cake often.
3. Any “special” foods or candy that you only have at Christmas time? Harvest Loaf Cake, the cookies in #2, “Chicken in a Biscuit” crackers and spray cheese. Someones one of those sausage and cheese gift boxes with crackers.
4. What do you eat Christmas EVE? No special meal, but later in the evening we snack on the stuff mentioned above.
5. What do you eat on Christmas day? Ham, some kind of potato dish, some kind of vegetables, sweet potatoes, rolls. For breakfast I usually get Sister Shubert roll-wrapped sausages (in Texas we called them kolaches) and cinnamon rolls for people to snack on as they desire because no one wants to have a separate sit-down breakfast, but some of us can’t go long without eating.
6. Do you like Eggnog? No, but the rest of the family does.
7. Do you like candy canes? No.

1. Where do you hang your stockings?
On the mantle now that we have one. We used to hang them on the bookcase.
2. Do you put lights on your house? Sometimes.
3. Got any outside lawn decorations? Just this:

Snowman at door

4. Do you put up a nativity (creche)? This is the first year I’ve had one, just received from my friend Carol. I need to figure out where to put it.
5. Do you hang mistletoe over the door? No.
6. Got a wreath on your front door? Lately it has been this rather than a wreath, though I do believe in Christmas rather than the PC generic “Holidays,” I’ve said “Happy Holidays” for years to include the whole season, Christmas and New Year’s.


7. How long does it take you to decorate? A day.

About the movies/show
1 . Favorite Children’s Christmas TV show/cartoon? Charlie Brown Christmas.
2. Wonderful Life/Miracle on 34th St/A Christmas Carol (Scrooge)
? I like White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol.
4. Have you ever seen the Nutcracker Suite Ballet live? No.
5. Ever been to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show? No.
6. Ever gone to the movies on Christmas Day? No
7. Other Christmas events? Our town’s Dickens of a Christmas, a cantata and children’s program at church.

Other Christmas things….
1. Favorite Christmas book or story?
I can’t think of one just now other than the Biblical Christmas story, of course.
2. Do you stuff your stockings with any types of food? For the fur kids? Candies for the people, nothing for the dog.
3. Do you go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve?
Yes, there is usually a special, short, informal service Christmas Eve.
4. Have you ever gone Caroling?

5. Favorite Christmas Carol?
Too many favorites to have just one, but Infant Holy, Infant Lowly and Who Is He In Yonder Stall are two favorites.
6. Do you believe in Santa?
7. Do you leave Santa cookies?
8. What about Rudolph…
Nope. We do watch his special, though. πŸ™‚ We treat Santa and all of that as any other fairy tale, but never tried to make the kids believe the presents were from him.
9. What was your best Christmas gift?
I’ve gotten several lovely ones over the years.
10. What was the worst/most odd gift?
Chocolate covered cherries when I was in maybe the 4th grade.
11. Do you go to a “work” Christmas party?
My husband’s jobs have only had a couple fo work-related Christmas parties where spouses were invited. I did go to those.
12. Do you hate going?
I enjoyed it except for one year when some of the girls dressed provocatively.
13. Do you send Christmas cards?
14. Do you make a “list”?
Lots of lists.
15. Do you check it twice? & thrice & etc…
Many times.
16.When do you start shopping?
No set time, just whenever I see something I think someone might like. Officially in December.
17.Do you shop on Black Friday?
Not in public; maybe online.
Not yet! Just getting the tree today, still have cards, family letter to do and presents to buy. It’s going to be a busy week!

9 thoughts on “A Christmas Survey

  1. This meme does look like fun, Barbara! I enjoyed reading your answers and it does sound like you have quite a bit to do! Today? I’m not demanding much of myself at all! It is truly going to be a day off! πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of questions! Lots of things we do without thinking about them — till a list like this comes along.

    We have some things in common at Christmas.

  3. Good answers!
    I still need to do cards. I should be printing out the address labels right now. I have to update the list in the computer.
    I still have gifts to wrap and one gift card to buy but I’m mostly finished with that.
    Still baking to do.

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  5. We have cancelled all non-worship related Christmas activities this year (well, except a couple of parties) and I have to say I don’t miss the fervor — but I do miss the joy that comes with the preparations. Maybe next year …. try to doubly enjoy your busy week and share some of it with me!

  6. What a fun post, Barbara! I have to say we love and fight over eggnog at my end! πŸ˜‰

    Have a fun and blessed Christmas season – especially now that you have an ally (your daughter-in-law) in the family. πŸ™‚

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