Christmas Meme

I’m currently sitting at home with a cold/flu, but I’ve been taking ZiCam like a champ; I’m hoping that after another 12 hours of being horizontal, I should be recovered. Being sick stinks; this is one of the few times that I get to see The Boy during the day, and I want to make the most of it. Being sick doesn’t really help.

So, in addition to some light blogging, I’m going to include a Christmas meme. Please, do enjoy.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Mostly wrapping paper. I’ve gotten really good at wrapping gifts if they are square or rectangle (I know, I know, not hard), and I will try to buy a box if the object is shaped weird. But, if I am at a loss for time, or cannot find a box, I will gift-bag an item. I really think that people like to tear things apart when they get gifts, therefore, I wrap them.

2. Real or artificial tree?

Fake: they are super-easy (especially if pre-lit), and a cheaper alternative (if you have it for a few years), and a “greener” alternative (if you’re into that). Apparently, everyone in my immediate family is horrifically allergic to real trees, and I hate stepping on leftover Christmas needles in July.

3. When do you put up the tree?

I think that it was the weekend after Thanksgiving. But if you have a fake tree, I don’t think that it matters. To be fair, I hate having Christmas shit up so early, I get sick of it way too soon.

4. When do you take the tree down?

January 6, at least Catholic tradition dictates. But again, do you really want to be that hillbilly that gets to July and says, “To hell with it, we’ll just leave it up until Christmas”?

5. Do you like eggnog? Is it spiked?

I detest eggnog; I think it is the nectar of Satan. No offense to my dear friend who makes it homemade, it’s not personal against her eggnog. I just find something repugnant about eating raw eggs and meringue.

6. Favorite gift you received as a child?

I can’t even remember any of them. The only one I can remember is a bike, and the only reason why I remember it is because I saw it in a picture. How sad.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

My mother has one that belonged to my grandmother that is by Lennox. I think that I’m inheriting it, but I think I’m just going to keep it out all year long. I don’t consider myself Catholic anymore for it to mean anything to me.

8. Hardest person to buy for?

My father. He owns everything he already wants, and doesn’t like anything anyone else picks up for him.

9. Easiest person to buy for?

My mother. Jewelry mostly works for her.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?

I got a sweater one year for Christmas with knit netting arms and sequins. It went straight into the Goodwill bag.

11. Christmas Cards…snail mail or e-mail?

Man, did I ever suck this year: I wrote all of my Christmas cards, and never sent them. So, if you’re looking in the (snail) mail, that’s where it was.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

A Christmas Story, but I can only watch it once a year. I’ve been to the house (it’s obviously near my home town), and The Boy has the lamp. It’s truly an awful movie, but I have to watch it because it’s from Cleveland.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

I did my shopping online mostly, and started at the end of October.

14. Have you ever ‘recycled’ a Christmas present?

Yes, and I have one that I’m planning on recycling this year.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Prime rib. And, I’m getting ready for Crabstravaganza at the [in-law]’s this year.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Christ on a bike: clear! I’m very traditional and very compulsive about things like that. That said, when The Boy and I move in together and have our own tree, I will do two: one that is very traditional and Victorian, in silver, maroon, and gold with white lights; and one that is (pardon my colloquialism) polish and has bubble lights, colored lights, aluminum tinsel, and ugly ornaments.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?

Carol of the Bells as the traditional song,

Silent Night as my favorite church hymn, and

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as my contemporary Christmas song.

18. Travel at Christmas or Stay Home?

Travel mostly to my in-laws’ house. But I really can’t wait to just stay at home and eat macaroni and cheese with The Boy.

19. Can you name Santa’s reindeer?

No. And I’m not going to try, because I will cheat and look it up. So, simply, no.

20. Do you have an angel or a star on top of your tree?

My parents have an angel, my in-laws have a spire, and The Boy has a star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

I really loathe all the other people who are shopping this time of year. I’ve done my shopping, and have little sympathy for people who are “so stressed” because they are doing all of their shopping on the last possible day. I’m just in there to buy some ZiCam for Christ’s sake!

23. Shopping…mall or on-line?

Online: I detest crowds and lines.

24. Do you decorate outside for Christmas or just inside (or at all)?

It used to be all-out war in the neighborhood with Christmas lights, but since moving to Chesterland, there isn’t any competition. Now, decorating is on the inside mostly.

25. Favorite Christmas cookie?

My mother-in-law’s butter cookies. I can only eat about one in a sitting.

26. Do you own Christmasy clothing or jewelry?

If red, and sparkly counts, then yes on the clothing front. But nothing with a Christmas theme to them. And I wanted a snowflake diamond necklace, but I never got around to saving money for one, so that’s out for this year. But, then again, there’s always next year.

27. Do you believe in Santa?

Why wouldn’t I? Is there something I’m missing?

28. Favorite ornament?

Don’t have one.

Friday’s Feast, Backdated

Appetizer
Make up a word and give us its definition.

This is actually my father’s word; he likes to make up words, a lot:

nurdle (n) – A unit of measurement; a small amount of a paste-like substance, as in toothpaste.

Just put a nurdle of toothpaste on the toothbrush, you don’t need that much.

Soup
What is currently your favorite song?

Dr. Steel, Back and Forth, and

One Republic, Apologize

Salad
What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?

I actually didn’t really make a Christmas list this year. But at this point, the coolest gift this year would be someone to pay off my credit card debt.

Main Course
Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life.

Other than a certain cologne, the only one that I can think of is the smell of Tide reminding me of an ex-boyfriend, but there’s nothing special about this particular someone.

Dessert
Who is someone on television that you feel probably shouldn’t be, and why?

I can say that I’m pretty sick of seeing Britney’s ugly mug on� TV anymore.

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Friday’s Feast

Appetizer
What was the last game you purchased?

Dominoes, I think. But that was last year. I don’t buy games too much.

Soup
Name something in which you don’t believe.

The tooth fairy.

Salad
If you could choose a celebrity to be your boss, who would you pick?

Probably Kimora Lee Simmons. But I wouldn’t want to be her PA, I’d have to work in her design office, or some such thing. I couldn’t put up with the bullshit of being someone’s PA.

Main Course
What was a lesson you had to learn the hard way?

Don’t date someone who likes you only because you’re good-looking.

Dessert
Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room.

Quiet, dim, well-upholstered, and warm.

Friday’s Feast

Appetizer
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?

The Zipper. I love the taste of funnel cake and death.

Soup
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?

I don’t look you in the eye, and I either babble like an ass, or I don’t speak at all.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?

7. I like to speak deeply with people, but I am not comfortable enough with many people to speak that way.

Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?

No, and no. Generally, if you do get the flu shot that is the most relevant for that year, you’re going to get a decent case of the flu anyway. It’s not worth it: I’m not going to pay you $25 to get the flu.

Dessert
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?

15; but that counts for the time I just have the TV running, rather than me actively paying attention to it.

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