Clockwise from upper left: bourbon balls, marshmallows, pecan butter cookies, jam thumbprint cookies, peppermint bark, peanut brittle and toasted pecans covered in chocolate.
All the gifts have been wrapped, I've made multiple pounds of candy and cookies, and today I'm prepared to make rolls for tomorrow's feast. Since everything is under control, I'll finally do the holiday meme that I've been seeing around for the past week or so.
- Wrapping or gift bags?
I prefer wrapping.
- Real or artificial tree?
I love real trees, but we've had an artificial tree for the past five or six years that's tall, narrow and fits perfectly into the corner of our small living room.
- When do you put up the tree?
Ordinarily it would be Thanksgiving weekend or perhaps the weekend after. However, this year I didn't put it up at all.
- When do you take the tree down?
New Year's Day.
- Do you like eggnog?
Ugh. No way. My dad used to make eggnog pancakes at Christmastime when we were kids and I didn't even like it that way.
- Favorite gift received as a child?
I still remember my first Malibu Barbie. I thought she was pretty cool.
- Do you have a nativity scene?
No, but my sister has the ceramic one we made when we were kids.
- Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I really can't discuss the all-time worst, but there have been some notably bad Christmas sweatshirts and other crafty items over the years.
- Mail or email Christmas cards?
I fully intend to mail some Christmas cards between now and the beginning of 2008.
- Favorite Christmas Movie?
I listed my top five on Lazy Eye Theatre earlier this week: A Christmas Story, Elf, Bad Santa, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Gremlins.
- When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Around Thanksgiving or sometimes slightly before that.
- Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
- Clear lights or colored on the tree?
- Favorite Christmas song?
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
- Travel at Christmas or stay home?
All of the rellies live within 30 minutes of me, so it's more of a commute than travel.
- Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer.
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph.
- Angel on the tree top or a star?
I prefer a star, but as I've mentioned before, I happen to have an angel that reminds me of Celine Dion.
- Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
My husband and I almost never wait until Christmas Day to open our gifts to each other. However, all of the rest are opened on Christmas Day.
- Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The way people drive - it's even worse than usual right now.
- Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color?
No, it's a mishmash of ornaments that have been given to me or caught my eye over the years.
- What do you leave for Santa?
Santa doesn't stop by our house; we're too old and he doesn't think our cats count as kids.
- Least favorite holiday song?
Oh, how can I choose just one? "Santa Baby" is definitely on the list, as is "Do They Know It's Christmas," which I've found annoying and patronizing since it debuted. I could go on and on.
- Favorite ornament?
I have a lot of favorites: a pirate ship, a robot, a martini glass, the die-shaped one from Vegas that I bought when we renewed our vows...there are probably lots more that I won't remember until I get the ornaments out again (next year, if all goes well).
Have a lovely holiday! I'm giving myself a day off from posting tomorrow, but I'll be back on Wednesday with my Loot Report.