December 7, 2011

Meet Your Hostess, Volume 2: The Christmas Edition

My pal Kari at The Sunset Lane put up this fun Christmas survey yesterday, and since I love talking about myself ad nauseum (hence the existence of this blog), I thought I would give it a shot!
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Yes, please!  You guys, you could pour both of these together into a punch bowl and I would happily drink it. I love sugar... ALL THE SUGAR.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
We always had wrapped gifts under the tree, and then Christmas Eve Santa would leave a big present (unwrapped) and our fill our stockings.  My parents still do it this way... yes, that means I am (almost) 30 and I still get presents from "Santa".  Child for life, y'all!
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Okay... let's talk about my dad.  My dad has a weird hang up about red Christmas lights because, get this, he says "Red lights will make our house look like a whore house."  Yeah, Dad... I'm sure people driving through our neighborhood in the suburbs are going to mistake our 1970s ranch style house for a whore house.  But, then, last year he decided to make himself a Festivus pole for the front yard and proceeded to cover it with red lights!!  WHAT?  If anything looks whore house-y it's that stripper pole you put in the front yard covered in red Christmas lights. What a weirdo.  
So we have pretty much always had white lights on house and tree, which I kind of like now. Ideally it would look like this:

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
We had some once when I was a kid, but I don't even know where one would buy mistletoe.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually the first weekend of December or the weekend after Thanksgiving.  I drove up to the house on Monday and felt like I was pulling up to Ebenezer Scrooge's house... it was the only one on the street without so much as wreath.  So I forced myself to haul everything out and I didn't stop until it looked like Santa had puked all over the inside of our house.  I feel so much better now. Next up will be some good ol' fashioned exterior illumination... including the stripper Festivus pole.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I lalalalove those meatballs covered in jelly and chili sauce. I make them every year on Christmas Eve.  Holy JEEZ.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
One year when I was around 5 my brother and I both got bikes from Santa.  I got a super adorable banana seat bike with a basket and my brother got a sweet 10 speed bike.  My brother insisted on riding his THAT DAY even though it was snowy and icy outside... and then proceeded in the first 8 feet of riding his new bicycle to flip himself over the handle bars.  Good Christmas time fun!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't sleep Christmas Eve. I can't.  Even now I just can't no matter how hard I try.  Christmas Eve, for me, is a midnight vigil wherein I argue with myself over when it is appropriate to go and see what Santa has brought me.  Well one year when I was probably 7 or 8 I decided it was okay to check things out WAAAAY to early, and I caught my parents assembly a hamster cage for my brother. Oops.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
 My tree is decorated with miscellaneous glass ornaments... just kind of whimsical, vintage-y things I like, and lots of bead garland and lights.  My parents tree is a big, wonderful hodge podge of all of the ornaments we have accumulated over the years: the ones my mom made from Christmas cards when they were first married and broke, the ones my brother and I made in school, and nicer ones from the last 15 years or so that we have bought from Hallmark.  We usually get a new Hallmark ornament every year.
11. Snow! love it or dread it?
 You guys, I could honest to God live somewhere it snowed 90% of the year.  It does not bother me in the least.  
12. Can you ice skate?
I tried one time and I hated it.  Most of the time, if I try something and I am not immediately good at it, I hate it and quit.  So there.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Maybe the bikes, or the giant chalkboard easel, or my Barbie Ferrari, or the Cabbage Patch Kids.  You guys, we were so poor when i was a kid, but my parents killed it at making Christmas magical! For reals.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Something intangible... just being able to feel the absolute magic of the holiday.  Something about people decorating their houses with lights and sparkle and glitter just because it's pretty and kids being excited and people making an effort to be with their families and the crisp air and (hopefully) the snow.  It just all adds up to magic.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. It would be easier to list the desserts I don't like because it would be a list of nothing. 
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas morning.  I am always the first up (reference question 8 above), and around 3 or 4 a.m. (I KNOW) I wake the rest of my family up, then around 6:30 we call my aunt, uncle and grandparents and they come over for Christmas breakfast. Like clockwork every year. I reject all other traditions.  My theoretical future husband will just have to deal with it.
17. What tops your tree?
An angel.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?
 I love giving gifts.  I can't wait to have children to give gifts to... I can't even imagine how wonderful it will be to see their faces Christmas morning.
19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?
20. Favorite christmas movie?
 It's like you are asking me to pick my favorite child. Holy shit. Ummmm... It wouldn't be Christmas without National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  I watch it about 5 times and spend the rest of the year quoting it.                                                                                                   
21. Saddest christmas song?
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas... because it's about having a happy Christmas even when you are going through a difficult time. 

22. What is your favorite Christmas song?
 Fairytale of New York by The Pogues... this is one of my favorite songs full stop.

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