We need a little Christmas . . .

60sxmasfruitHave you ever noticed that some years, we still have a whole week of November left after Thanksgiving? That week makes a nice little “breather” before we have to begin all of the December holiday preparations.

But this is one of those years when as soon as the turkey is carved – there are only a few days remaining in November so there’s no time to waste! We’d better get moving on our Christmas/Holiday plans. No sense in waiting until the last minute and then having to rush, right? 😉

I was thinking that we might be able to use a little nudge to get us into the spirit, so I’m going to post a fun Christmas questionnaire from last year. Coming up with your own answers will quickly have you humming a Christmas carol, or at least grabbing a pencil and paper to start that holiday list! 🙂

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My answers to the questions are below but your answers would be very welcome, too! Use the comment form if you like. Or if you have a blog and want to post your answers there, please let us know so that we can all visit. You don’t need to do the entire questionnaire – you can just answer a couple if you prefer. 🙂

OK, here we go . . .

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, package tie-ons! I really enjoy wrapping and love to create a beautifully wrapped gift!

2. Real tree or Artificial?

Real for many years – up until the youngest went off to college. After that we bought an artificial tree and I love the fact that I can now put it up early without worrying that it will be a needle-less stick by Christmas. 😉

3. When do you put up the tree?

See #2. Actually, right after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Usually by Jan 1st. I love having it up for a month or so, but there’s nothing as “over” as Christmas, so I’m usually pretty anxious to put it away by the first of the year.

5. Do you like eggnog?

No, not really. I’ve just never developed a taste for it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

Without question – a Shirley Temple doll when I was about 6 yrs old. I remember running into the room of my sleeping parents at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning and breathlessly exclaiming to two very sleepy adults: “Santa brought the doll I wanted!” They didn’t seem all that surprised. 😉

7. Hardest person to buy for?

My Mum & Dad. They have 6 kids buying them gifts, so it’s a real challenge to come up with original ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and mother’s and father’s day presents.

8. Easiest person to buy for?

My daughters – for everything except clothes, that is.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

Yes, a few of them. One from when we were first married, another one made of plastic that the kids loved to play with when they were young (They’d spend hours arranging and rearranging all the figures!), and finally a beautiful one that my parents gave to us a few years ago. We alternate among them from year to year.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

We mail them. It’s becoming quite expensive to send cards – between the cards and the postage – but I don’t think I will ever email them. There’s just something special about sending a paper greeting.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Hmmm . . . Can we say “most disappointing”?
When I was in my late teens, my girlfriends and I were all expecting friendship rings from the guys we were dating. On Christmas Eve, we 3 couples were all together to exchange gifts. Both of my girlfriends received sweet little rings and I got a wool hat with matching scarf. It was very pretty, but not quite what a teenage girl was dreaming of. 😉

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I love “A Christmas Carol”, the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge. For years, we watched it every Christmas Eve. I also love “The House Without A Christmas Tree” which is a 1972 made-for-TV movie. It’s such a heart-warming story and the actors are perfectly cast. I never get tired of watching it.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

I try to be on the lookout all year, but don’t usually get really serious until November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

I don’t think I have ever given a gift that I received to another person on my gift list. But I have donated unneeded gifts to charity.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

When I was a kid it was that hard Christmas Candy. Each year, the pastor of our church used to give a little box of it to every school child. These days, I would have to say Christmas cookies.

16. Lights on the tree?

Yes – colored lights! Our outdoor lights have been white/clear for several years now, but we hold fast to the tradition of color on the Christmas tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Oh, I don’t think I can choose just one! Even though the radio stations and all the stores overdo it with Christmas music, I still love several Christmas songs. As a kid, it was “The Little Drummer Boy”. Hmm, lets see, for a hymn, it’s “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” which we sang in Latin years ago. But I also love “O Holy Night” and White Christmas and Winter Wonderland and . . . well, you get the idea!

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

Usually travel, but by car as most of the family is in New England.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Why, yes I can – thanks to another favorite Christmas song!

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

We open one on Christmas Eve, and usually it’s a small one so that the best is yet to come on Christmas morning.

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

No parking spaces and long lines at the malls. Each year we promise ourselves that “next” year we’ll be all finished with our shopping in September!! Hasn’t happened yet, though.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I love Christmas in all themes and colors and have experimented with different ones over the years! For example, some years our tree is decorated only with handmade ornaments (Most of them were made by my daughters and me). Other years we’ve used just glass ornaments. Then there are years when we use only the Hallmark ornaments that we’ve been collecting since the kids were babies. We do have a tradition that maybe could be thought of as a “theme”. We call it “The Scene”. It’s a little Christmas village that we put together piece by piece, year by year. There are tiny houses and figures and cute Christmas miniatures. Nothing is from a set – it’s all just a collection of individual little pieces that we’ve had great fun searching for and adding to every year.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A new stove. Mine is over 25 years old and it’s just about to croak!

24. Angel on the treetop or a star?

An angel.

25. Favorite Christmas dinner?

I’m flexible. I do like to have shrimp on Christmas Eve though!

Hugs,

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Comments

We need a little Christmas . . . — 7 Comments

  1. I agree with Christmas cards being sent by mail, it’s almost like getting another little gift in the mail!

  2. Hi Sweetie!

    I loved reading all your answers! That was soooo fun! I giggled about your little friendship ring disappointment…I got a few of those type gifts from young “boyfriends” also! They were just so clueless!!! … I love REAL cards, they’re like little presents! I’d love to do this questionnaire on my blog, Crystal, thank you so much!

    Hugs, Paulette ????

  3. Crystal…This is so funny! I made little hearts after I signed my name above, and they came up a question marks after my comment was published! I’m going to try again…. ? …if that heart comes up as a question mark, I think my heart days may be over! xoxo

  4. I can just say: DITTO! on every question, but the traveling one. I prefer to stay home and SLEEP IN. Also, being from Europe, we prefer to open the gifts on Christmas Eve. That just makes it complete. My daughter – 7 – is starting to realize that there is no Santa… should I be sad? should I be glad? I´m both! It got quite challenging, to hide all those presents for months! I know some people who drive their presents in the trunk of their cars for months, so that the kids don´t see them! Hahaha!
    Thank you for the list! It just reminded me of the multitude of cards I have to make!
    I wish you and your family blessed holidays, a wonderful Christmas and lots of meaningful presents!
    Love, Claudia

  5. I love the Christmas season so much! And for me it starts December 1 and lasts the whole month. So that is when the tree (sometimes real, sometimes fake) and lovely trimmings make their appearance at my home. My pet peeve is the way that Christmas is forced on us so early. It starts around Halloween now, and there’s barely an acknowledgement of Thanksgiving except where it pertains to Christmas shopping. I choose to celebrate all the holidays in due time, and it makes them each distinct and enjoyable in their own right!

  6. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Either or, depending on the gift!

    2. Real tree or Artificial? In my living room I always have a huge real tree (can’t argue with tradition!), but I also scatter fake miniature trees (usually some pink or silver ones) throughout the house.

    3. When do you put up the tree? December first!

    4. When do you take the tree down? About mid-January. I love lingering over that Christmas-y feeling!

    5. Do you like eggnog? At 500 calories a glass? Nope! I’d rather cheat on my diet with cookies, haha!

    6. Favorite gift received as a child? Probably one of the Christmas edition Barbies.

    7. Hardest person to buy for? My mom’s really tough- she doesn’t like traditional gifts- she’s allergic to perfume, hates the taste of chocolate, and has a REALLY unique taste for jewelry. So I have to be REALLY creative!

    8. Easiest person to buy for? My girlfriends, we’re very distinct personalities and always know exactly what the other wants.

    9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, one!

    10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Snail mail all the way! I treasure the tradition of setting aside an afternoon to sip tea, play Christmas music, and write out my cards to EVERY friend and relative I can think of.

    11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A fur coat given to me by my well-meaning elderly aunt, who doesn’t understand my support of animal rights!

    12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story- too campy, kiddie and cute!

    13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I start keeping my eyes peeled in November, but me and my best girlfriend always do our big gift shopping day the second week of December.

    14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don’t believe so, but you never know, I may have forgotten!

    15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mmm… peppermint bark and sugar cookies!

    16. Lights on the tree? Of course!

    17. Favorite Christmas song? “Santa Baby” or “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

    18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home is where the heart is for me on Christmas!

    19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Yes but I won’t try 😉

    20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning!

    21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Nothing. I seriously love Christmastime more than anything else.

    22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Golds and silvers. Very classy.

    23. What do you want for Christmas this year? A new camera!

    24. Angel on the treetop or a star? An angel.

    25. Favorite Christmas dinner? Anything Southern!

  7. Parents are ALWAYS the hardest to shop for, aren’t they? It seems like they already have everything!

    I’ve played along on my blog, too.

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