'Tis the Season. . . . .
for a Christmas MEME! haha. Here goes:
Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE ! Just copy this entire post and then replace my answers with yours!
'Tis the Season to be NICE !
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper but gift bags for things that are too hard to wrap or way too big!!!
2. Real tree or artificial?
BOTH! We have an artificial tree that's our "formal" tree in the formal living room. It's all decorated with Burgundy, Green and Gold ornaments and ribbons. We have our real tree in our family room. That's the one with all our family and annual ornaments. There is so much fun in going out and finding "the" tree and then reminiscing while putting up all the family, home-made and annual ornaments. . . . that reminds me. I need to go get out 2007 ornaments. YIKES!
3. When do you put up the tree?
On Black Friday! It's the only thing that I will go out shopping for on that day! It's a big tradition to go find the perfect tree and set it up. Then we decorate the formal tree that day while waiting for the branches on the live tree to drop. That whole weekend is spent on christmas decorations around the house while playing christmas music!
4. When do you take the tree down?
Not until after Epiphany. Being Cuban, we celebrated Epiphany each year and we continue to do so as a family now.
5. Do you like eggnog?
It's alright but I prefer coquito (hispanic eggnog)
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
I think that at last count I have 3 - maybe 4? There's one in the formal living room, one in the dining room and another in the family room. . . . hm, I think I am missing the little one that goes in my bedroom come to think of it. . . .
8. Hardest person to buy for?
DH and his Dad
9. Easiest person to buy for?
DS and my Mom
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I don't remember any sticking out in my head as bad so I guess I really haven't had any?
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
12 . Favorite Christmas movie?
The year without a Santa Claus (the heat and cold misers crack me up) and Santa Claus is coming to town (love how the explain all the things about santa in that one plus the mean guy that runs the town is funny)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Believe it or not, I start to look for stuff around Halloween time. I hate last minute shopping b/c I feel like I end up buying stuff just to get stuff. I prefer making sure that I get the 'right' gifts so, I start early.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
If I could, I would have the traditional Cuban Pig Roast dinner like when I was growing up! Since I can't I love my Turkey dinner complete with canned cranberry jelly. Yum-O!
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Tee hee, again, it's BOTH. Clear on the formal tree and colored on the family tree.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?
I must say I prefer just staying home but you can all come visit if you'd like!
19. Can you name all of Santa's' reindeer?
20. Angel on the treetop or star?
I know, it's getting old but, again, BOTH. Angel on formal and Star on family tree (in fact the star we have is the one that DH had growing up).
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Crowds at EVERY SINGLE STORE regardless of whether I'm christmas shopping or not. Why do people insist on waiting until the last minute? UGH!
23. What I love most about Christmas?
Seeing DS running down and watching his face when he first sees the presents under the tree. I love going to Christmas mass as well. It really reminds me of what Christmas is all about.
24. What's your favorite Christmas Memory?
DS's first christmas when we put him in the stocking we got from the hospital and took a picture of him under the tree. He's been the best christmas present EVER!
25. Believe or Not?
Now, I think that I will Tag Miss Pink, Miss Jennifer, Miss Jeanne, Miss Amy and Miss Lolly. Tell us all about you and Christmas!