~A HOLIDAY MEME~
"Just 'cause it tickles me!"
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Most times, I do paper. But I HAVE done gift bags.
2. Real tree or artificial? We've had an artificial tree for decades! We're probably one of the first to like the concept. Why cut down a REAL one and kill it?---trees actually absorb the bad emissions we humans create, so the more trees living, the less pollution. (Funny story, on a dare once --something like a dare always gets me riled into showing 'em I can do it!--ONE year we used a HUGE tumbleweed---it was like 6 or 7 feet in height and very bushy. Spray painted it white then, flocked it with fake snow, and had it decorated with acrylic icicles and tinsel and white lights! -- It was actually VERY beautiful, in an artful sense!!)
3. When do you put up the tree? We usually put it up on Thanksgiving, after the big meal and while watching the Dallas Cowboys football. Has there EVER been a Thanksgiving that Dallas doesn't play? It's as traditional as the turkey feast I imagine--at least to us sports fans.
4. When do you take the tree down? I start taking most down the day after Christmas. My thinking is, the holiday is over, get back to normal living.
5. Do you like eggnog? Love it!!! Without booze most times! Lots of nutmeg.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Golly, that's not an easy one. Our family wasn't much on gift giving....Just Santa. So, it'd have to be a doll that I rec'd from Santa. Other than that, it was more tradtional that we draw names after I grew up some, and Santa stopped visiting. It was much more fun to shop for the name I drew than receiving. Truly!! Actually, now that I think about it, it was the gathering of the huge group of family that was the best gift!!! And the most fun. Eating, card games, festive drinking, and more games and eating---all day long and into the late evening.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, one. Made of frosted glass.
8. Hardest person to buy for? Here at home, it's just the two of us. And to be honest, we buy each other stuff ALL year long...so it's not difficult. We know what each one likes. The other family members living away from us, we just send cards, money, or gift cards. Or perhaps for some, just a phone call to wish them the best of holidays and a happy new year. In our family that's more sensible. Money comes hard these days and why waste it on distant family members that feel obliged to reciprocate --- use the money on themselves instead of us. We don't need anything but our health and each other. And I state this with conviction.
9. Easiest person to buy for? As stated above in #8, nothing is difficult for the two of us. The 4 legged children are even easy to buy gifts for, to fill their stockings! Yes--you read that right, we do have tiny stockings for our kitties also. Oh don't get me wrong...it's nothing much, maybe a $1 cat toy or a bag of kitty snacks, something like that.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Both
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? None. I've always appreciated them all. But, I do know one I thought was the worst I've given!! A turkey to my nephew. What a joke that was, and I still feel badly I did such a thing. (mind you, it was cute, but something like that to a nephew just doesn't come across as too thoughtful, ya know?)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Hands down, the most recent "The Polar Express"...it truly brought back a good childhood for me.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Used to be, when the kids were small, all year long. If I saw something that I knew someone would like, it was purchased and packed away in a special drawer I had just for that purpose --or in a locked closet; or often, in the garage attic. That way, we'd not need to use credit cards for holiday shopping and ever go off the budget---no sense paying premium interest rates for a gift that ends up in the trash bin within a couple years' time!! But now....no need to even think of shopping for hubby 'til it gets closer to the season. Why, during the year he might buy something that I perhaps had in mind for a gift....so, I wait.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Shamefully, it's all mostly the sweet goodies. I make a double batch of Rice Krispie Treats to fill my huge Santa boot...and it's replenished throughout the month of December. Cookies. Popcorn Balls and then, good stuff, I always buy some bulk mixed nuts....but if you see me at the store near the bin, I'm usually picking through to get mostly pecans.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? It depends on the theme for the year. Sometimes, mixed colored lights, sometimes all white. This year, the theme is red. We have a monochromatic lighting on the tree...all red.
17. Favorite Christmas song? Depends. If it's Christmas Carols (to me, the tradtional carols should be only hymns!) you are wanting to know, it'd be "O Holy Night". I just love that song. Then, I have a few plain songs, that I wouldn't consider 'carols'---I do love "Christmas Eve in Saraejvo"(poor hubby is glad to know the holidays will soon be over ---I play this song daily I love it that much), "I'll be Home for Christmas", and the one Josh Groban sings ---"Believe". BUT!! There is no question here that asks what the LEAST favorite is? ---gotta tell you I detest "Gramma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"!!! That song, in my humble opinion, just irks me to no end. It degrades the whole concept of the reason for the season! It's stupidity.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We've done both. Travel and stay home. Now-a-days, it's stay home. We'd prefer this much better.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Of course!! You need ask?
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither....it's usually an animated santa tree topper. This year tho, it's a blown red glass fixture.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning!!! By all means.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? TRAFFIC!! And then coming in 2nd would be the shoppers that are in line to check out and they wait 'til all the purchases are scanned, then find they don't have the funds and we have to wait for them to go back through everything that they've purchased and take off items 'til they get the check down to their budgets, or credit card max!! Why do people do that?
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Santas...always santas.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Well, it's more of a late luncheon-early dinner type meal...we usually dine around 4 or 5pm, instead of our usual 7pm meal time...so we won't be overfilled still by 10pm and have to go to bed on a heavy stomach. We eat early, then always walk it off somewhere, and play board games like monopoly or trivial pursuit. Oh, you asked what's the favorite at our table? Ham, with mashed potatoes and gravy!!
My very small Monday Memory today is one I thought of the other night, watching a video about the Islands. The Hawai'ian Islands to be exact.
Now, I've taken many trips aboard planes. For nearly 40 years, most always, we'd fly to our destination and then use a car rental to get around. I've flown in planes of all sizes, and tho we've flown to Mexico several times to different destinations and the intercontinental United States, it's always the, now more or less extinct, 727 jets. We've flown in 737's also.
But the one trip we took that we spent 3 weeks in Hawai'i, we flew from Denver's Stapleton (that too is no longer in Denver...they now have the new Denver International) to Los Angeles's LAX! We didn't have much of a layover time before we had to board to fly overseas. It was going to be a 6 hour flight. But, we got to the terminal---and people, people everywhere. I had seen huge planes on TV and movies...but not to board!!
This was a 747 two decker!! And looking out the window of the airport's gate, there was ours!!! My heart stopped!! There was this plane...and all I could see was the huge windshield and the upper deck of the plane!! Normally, when I board and look out the window of the airport, there is this fine sized, medium size 727! This plane was so damn big!! I turned around to hubby and said "Is this sucker gonna get off the ground?"
You had to be there....it was the first time in my life I flew in a 747 double decker! And ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a joy ride that was!!
(Also, this was the first time in my life I got to see the live action of a volcano...when we started to descend into Oahu's International airport, the pilot pointed out the hot orange glow of the lava flows!!! It was just so awesome!!!)
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