Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's a major award!

The comedic tourist over at In the Gutter, has tagged me with this informative Deck the Halls meme. I don't even know what "meme" means -- can somebody enlighten me?
Here goes:

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? 
Hot Chocolate (particularly Stephen's Cinnamon Cocoa). As for the other stuff -- if you like drinking snot, more power to you.

Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree?
Santa TRIES  to wrap the presents, but frankly he isn't very good at it. I mean, he gets the concept, he just can't quite pull it off. 

Colored lights on the tree, or white? 
White before we had kids, and colored for the last eleven years. Until this year. Not enough of the colored lights worked, so the tree has white lights this year. It's beautiful, it feels like we have a grown-up tree again. 

When do you put up your decorations?
Right around December 1, though most everything is up for a week or so before the tree (because we still get the kind made out of wood).

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Hands down, dessert or not, HAM!!! Followed closely by funeral potatoes. 

Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Coming downstairs when I was five (and a true believer) to see the floor overflowing with Yuletide abundance. He had come!! More to come on this -- stay tuned to the blog.


When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
When I was six I was told, by my cousin, that there was no Santa. When I had kids, I learned that Santa Claus is indeed real. 

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
At least.

How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Naked -- oh, you meant...right...each person in the family gets a new ornament each year. We have enough now, that they pretty much cover the tree. My ornament this year is Indiana Jones. Classic. 

Snow! Love it or dread it? 
I used to take it as a personal insult if my Christmas wasn't white. These days, although I certainly prefer a White Christmas -- simply for the beauty of it -- I don't mind balmier weather. I have no use for the white stuff after Christmas. I live in Utah, and can't ski -- go figure. 

Can you ice skate? 
If by "ice skate" you mean to glide on the ice, and stay vertical more than horizontal, then YES!

Do you remember your favorite gift?
Scroll down two posts.

What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Family. No question. 

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
I like cherry pie filling. Just the filling. Maybe some Cool Whip. 

What is your favorite tradition?
Eating Chinese food, on the night we put up our tree. I love Beef and Broccoli -- except for the water chestnuts (what are those things anyway) "Deck da hars with bowrs of hawrry..."

Which do you prefer, Giving or Receiving?
See two posts back -- again. Giving. Christmas is much more satisfying as a parent.

What is your favorite Christmas song? 
You cannot beat the simplicity of Silent Night. But, my favorite line from a Christmas Carol, comes from "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" -- The hopes and fears, of all the years, are met in thee tonight. 

Candy canes! Yuck or Yum?
I love them -- in a hot cup if cocoa!

Ever recycled a Christmas present?
Ummmmmmmm........HEY! Is that one of Santa's elves?!?!


Alex @ I'm the Mom said...

Love it!! But um, what are Funeral Potatoes?

Unknown said...

Great post! When you get that meme thing figured out, let me know!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

Kat said...

Hehehe. Very fun.

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

I am not too sure what a Meme is either but they are fun sometimes. Loved your answers. And yeah, what are funeral potatoes?

Pam Emmons said...

You may have to explain funeral potatoes for those who have never lived in Utah! They are my favorite! I made them two days ago!

Melissa said...

hmmm.....naked christmas tree decorating.... interesting....very,very interesting!! :)
Oh and what are funeral potatoes??

Anonymous said...

Funeral potatoes must be a western thing. My friend in CA talks about those too.

I love the answer to finding out about Santa, and what is it about cousins? That's who enlightened me as well. ;)

Love the last picture.