Christmas questions.

This thing sort of made the rounds, and I decided to do it myself to distract you from the lack of actual content.

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Egg nog is, in a word, disgusting. Hot chocolate for me, please.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Well. We didn’t really do Santa at my house. But my mom and dad would bring out presents for us after we went to bed on Christmas Eve and set them (unwrapped) on the fireplace and stuff. The funny thing about this is that, for many years, I thought that was because my mom just didn’t want to wrap everything (or, in the case of something like a bike, it couldn’t be wrapped easily). It wasn’t until I was in college that I learned that those were supposed to be the “Santa” presents. I always thought of them as the “magic of Christmas” presents, I guess.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
On my house? White. I don’t mind colored lights on a tree, but that’s as far as I’ll go. White lights are so pretty. I like to call them twinkle lights or fairy lights, but that’s just in my head. I don’t say it out loud. But on YOUR house, I want colored lights and lots of ’em.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
The day after Thanksgiving. Thank you, plastic tree, for making that possible.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I don’t really have one. My family doesn’t have a traditional Christmas meal that we have every year. One of the things we do now that I like is that we have a big family breakfast and then do our presents.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Gosh. I don’t know. We go to my grandma’s house every year on Christmas Eve, and on the drive home, every red light was “Rudolph” and every patch of fog was “the glare off Santa’s sleigh.” That was always fun. One year that really stands out is the year that my dad told us we could get up whenever we wanted and he’d get up and open presents with us. Before that, the unspoken rule was that we couldn’t get up until Mom and Dad were up. I got Dad up at some ungodly hour, he came and looked at the tree (and the “magic of Christmas presents”) with me, and then made me go back to bed. The next year, the usual rules applied.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I was never told about Santa as a child, but when I was old enough to go to school, I was told that some children believe in Santa, and that if I ruined it for them, I would meet my doom. If by, “the truth about Santa,” you mean, “that he was the former bishop of Turkey and visits the children in the Netherlands with a posse of six to eight black men,” well, I learned that in 2004.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
No. When Mike and I exchanged gifts, we did them on Christmas Eve so it could be “our” time. But we don’t exchange gifts anymore, so we don’t do that. And it wasn’t a regular tradition of mine growing up, to open presents on Christmas Eve (except at Grandma’s house), but every once in a while we did.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
First, I would like to say that we don’t have to put lights on it. Thank you, plastic PRELIT tree for making that possible. Our ornaments are a mixture of my childhood ornaments, stuff Mike bought when he worked at the bookstore, and stuff we’ve obtained since we were married. Mike and I exchange an ornament every year, and we also get a lot of ornaments from family. Many of our ornaments are snowmen, because Mike has expressed a fondness for them in the past.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
I like snow. More accurately, I like snow days. Watching movies, drinking hot chocolate, making snow cream. I don’t like to have to go out in it.

12. Can you ice skate?
Definitely not.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
A favorite gift? Nothing really comes to mind. As a kid, it was probably my bike or my Cabbage Patch doll or my My Little Pony castle . . . something like that. Mike got me a diamond necklace that I really like, but that’s a whole ‘nother deal.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Spending time with family, reading our Advent book.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I don’t really have one. I guess pumpkin pie – this is kind of the last chance to get it before people start looking at you weird. “No, I would NOT like pumpkin pie on Valentine’s Day.” (Well, I wouldn’t complain about it, but most people probably think that’s weird.)

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
This is another hard one. As a kid, it was probably the Christmas records we would always listen to as we decorated the tree. Now it’s probably our Advent book, and going to the church’s Christmas Eve service.

17. What tops your tree?
An angel. Our goal this year is to buy a new one on the day after Christmas. Or a new star. It depends on what we can find that we like. (I’m rooting for a star.)

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Okay, this is a terrible question. Who would say “receiving”? I haven’t seen one person who did this say that they prefer receiving. I will not lie – I really like opening presents. It is so fun. However, I do, of course, love giving when it’s not out of obligation. I don’t so much like the “shopping” part of giving, but I do like knowing you’ve found something they’ll really enjoy.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I don’t know. I am not good at “favorite” stuff when it comes to Christmas, I think. I love Christmas music, and I really like “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “O Holy Night.”

20. Candy canes! Yuck or yum?
Yuck. Or, more accurately, I can do without them.

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