Deck the Halls with Random Factoids

Because I have been slacking lately on my blogging duties, I’m using this Holiday “Get-to-know-you” List to get back in the saddle. You can check-out responses from fellow bloggers Troy (Growing Sense) and Jennie (Trim and Fashionable) by clicking to the right.

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? — Definitely hot chocolate…and when I’m feeling really crazy, I take a spoon, load it up with marshmallow cream, and dunk it right in. Better than regular marshmallows, in my opinion, which is saying a lot, because I LOVE marshmallows!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? — Oh, Santa is a wrapping machine! I love to wrap presents, so my mom would tape the boxes shut and let me help with the gift wrapping. Even the oddly shaped packages get wrapped in something. I don’t know that we’ve ever had unwrapped gifts under the tree.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? –I choose white for my tree/decorations at home; growing up, our family tree always had colored lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?–No, but my grandma always hung mistletoe in the archway between her living and dining rooms. It had little windchime-type thing that hung down, and the kids would always try to jump up to ring it.

5. When do you put your decorations up?–My goal is to get them up by the end of the weekend just after Thanksgiving. I do a pretty good job most of the time.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?–I love, love, love my mom’s greenbean casserole and her deviled eggs. My sisters and I fight over them! Another favorite was always my grandmother’s chicken and noodles. They always looked so perfectly yellow and yummy…I’ll never forget the look on my sister’s face when she found out that my grandma put yellow food coloring in them!

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?–Going to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas Eve.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?–What truth?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?–When I was little, we spent Christmas Eve evening at my grandparents’ house. We would exchange and open gifts from our extended family that night. Everything else was “Do Not Open ’til December 25th!” In fact, it wasn’t until about two or three years ago that my mom stopped waiting until after we went to sleep to put the gifts under the tree. Now that Marc and I are married, we usually spend Christmas Eve day/evening with his family and do our gift exchanging then. Late on Christmas Eve night, we drive up to my parents house to stay over for Christmas morning. Before bed, each of us “kids” [although we are adults now] gets to open one box, which contains our matching Christmas pajamas…that’s right, we match, and we like it!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?–My picky side comes out when the tree goes up, so I’m pretty particular about how the ornaments go on. Usually, I have a color scheme, but there are a few special pieces that go up whether they match or not…like the two little felt elves that used to go on my Grandma’s tree. They look so cute, like they’re sitting on the branches watching over the living room while we’re out.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?–The way I see it, snow should fall on Christmas Eve and melt the day after Christmas. So I guess I would say I dread it.

12. Can you ice skate?–Yes, but not very well at all. Marc used to play hockey, so he skates circles around me…literally. I haven’t gone for a long time, but I would probably end up in a body cast if I tried.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?–One of my favorite gifts was a huge [about 3 1/2 feet tall], white stuffed bear that I named Bozwell. I circled it in the JC Penney catalog but never thought that I would get it. But then there he was on Christmas morning…thanks Santa!!

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?–Hanging out with our families.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
–Chocolate fudge with walnuts.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?–Perhaps it’s picking on my little sister, Kimmy, about opening the last gift. She always wants to have the honor of opening the last present of the day, so one year we even went so far as to hide one of our own gifts to steal her thunder. I don’t feel bad telling you all about it, because I know she thinks it’s funny, too! (Right, Kimmy?)

17. What tops your tree?–Right now, nothing. We bought a great tree-topper a few years ago when we had a real Christmas tree. Now that we’ve switched over to the evil world of artificial trees, the darn thing is too heavy. I know that there’s a way that I can rig it up, but I just haven’t found it yet. Some of the girls at work used to joke that I could “MacGyver” anything…hmm…I’m thinking maybe a couple of chopsticks and some twisty-ties just might do the trick.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
–Now what will that say about me if I tell you I prefer receiving?!? But truthfully, I really do like giving gifts, as well. Actually, my favorite part is taking extra care to wrap the presents in a way that makes them look special. I’m a wrapping fanatic, so I always have to have the perfect paper and the bows just right.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
–O Holy Night…no contest.

20. Candy canes! Yuck or yum?
–I must confess. I’m not really a fan of candy canes (or Brach’s Starlight Mints for that matter). Usually, I only make it about an eighth of the way through before I throw it away. Strange…because I do like pepermint flavor.

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