My Christmas List

Carole had this list on her blog today, and encouraged her friends to answer it, too.  Here goes:

1.  Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper if it has a box.  Gift bags are great for things that defy boxing.

2.  Real tree or artificial? Artificial, for health reasons.  For years and years I was sick every Christmas.  Finally, I heard about how the trees are pollen magnets.  It was recommended to hose them off before you bring them in the house.  Artificial trees ended my being sick all season.

3.  When do you put up the tree? Usually about the third Sunday of Advent.

4. When do you take the tree down? Epiphany.

5.  Do you like eggnog? The doctor ordered it to “put some weight on me” when I was 5 and had pneumonia.  Now, I have no desire to put weight on.  If I really want to indulge, there are other treats I would rather have.

6.  Favorite gift received as a child? When I was in 5th grade I got a maroon plastic portable radio (roughly the size of a lunch box).  I played it constantly until its C batteries ran down.  So cool!

7.  Hardest person to buy for? My father-in-law, who is a sweet person, but has neither hobbies or vices.  This year I’ve knit wool mittens for him, as he lives in Illinois.  Enough said!

8.  Easiest person to buy for? One son-in-law keeps an Amazon wish list, and seems pleased to receive items from it.

9.  Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, pottery children dressed to portray the nativity.  It was a gift.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Usually mail.  Skipping it this year as one of those tasks that is just too much as I recovery from surgery.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? My family must be pretty savvy – I can’t think of any.

12. Favorite Christmas movie? I haven’t seen most of them, but did enjoy White Christmas last year.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Summer, at art festivals.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? On occasion, from a gift exchange, to another gift exchange.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Olives. It isn’t Christmas  without olives.

16. Lights on the tree? Yes, pre-wired on.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Bright, Bright the Holly Berries, one of the Burt Carols.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Usually stay home, with a few years we’ve gone to Disney World instead.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Not one of my priorities.

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning in my house.  There’s quite a story that goes with the celebrations of my childhood — it will be a post of its own.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? It’s Advent, not an extended Christmas.  Advent is a time of preparation, so Christmas carols should wait for the 12 days of Christmas.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color? We have gotten at least one new ornament every year of our marriage.  Often they are souvenirs of our travels or of special events, like baby’s first Christmas.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year? First, a donation to Texas Siamese Rescue.  So many people are giving up their cats as they loose their homes and move to no-pet apartments.  Then, maybe a shopping trip to Coldwater Creek, Talbots, or Victoria’s Secret — all shops that have clothing I now fit!  Yippee!

24.  Angel on the tree top or a star? During the Vietnam war it was a dove, but after the war we went to an angel.

25. Favorite Christmas dinner? Roast beef, I guess.  Something I can eat light, but let others have what they’d like would be best.