Tom, if you are reading, I love you. And I'd like a coffee grinder for reasons discussed previously.
To everyone else reading, thank you for another year of bloggy friendship, and I'm wishing you and yours a very merry one, in whatever way you celebrate or even if you don't. If you do, though, Santa might come visit. Just sayin'. I still believe.
I could quit here, and you are welcome to quit reading here, but since I'm all up in the Christmas spirit and at the laundromat with the WiFi on the Morn of Christmas Eve, here are my answers to this cute little Christmas theme that I've seen around at the blogs of a few bloggy friends like Jac, Jientje, Melessa, and possibly some I've forgotten to mention (blame the egg nog?):
- Wrapping paper or gift bags? Mostly the same already labeled gift bags kept from last year - easy, frugal, Maggie-style. OMG, I've not wrapped/bagged anything yet. I am suddenly a very busy little elf.
- Real tree or Artificial? Fake growing up, real for a few years in the Pacific Northwest, and now I see why my dad liked fake - less hassle, less mess, and more frugal, too, but you can never tell him he might have been right, so please hush.
- When do you put up the tree? In theory at the start of December or the second week, but this year just a few days before Christmas.
- When do you take the tree down? I think about January 1st or so or whenever the cats have knocked it over for the last *&^% time. (Half kidding, that hasn't happened in years, knock on wood.)
- Do you like eggnog? Oh, yes! Especially if it's the flavor in a latte. A latte someone bought for me. With an extra shot of whatever, your pick.
- Favorite gift received as a child? My mom's enthusiasm every single year. I don't remember the presents as much as I remember her. My mom knew how to do Christmas and is the reason I still believe in Santa. I miss you so much this time of year, Mom. So. Much.
- Hardest person to buy for? My nephews, ages 21 and 17.
- Easiest person to buy for? Tom.
- Do you have a nativity scene? Nope.
- Mail or email Christmas cards? Usually neither, but I planned to do it for sure this year to give everyone my new address. I might go Japanese and do New Year's cards instead, and in the mail.
- Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't think of one...?
- Favorite Christmas Movie? Elf and Christmas Vacation, but there is room for a million others.
- When do you start shopping for Christmas? Ideally, before Thanksgiving. This year? Last week. Eek! Thank you, Amazon.com.
- Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I don't think I have.
- Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Ham and a bazillion fixings. Last year I went nuts with this menu. This year: ham, stuffing (from the box because Tom likes it), mashed potatoes (Tom's are so good!), green bean casserole, cranberries (canned, jelly-style), broccoli & cranberry salad, dinner rolls, probably some other stuff I'm forgetting. I always forget something.
- Lights on the tree? Yep, all clear and not flashing.
- Favorite Christmas song? All of them! I also sing them year round. Ask poor Tom.
- Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home with Tom.
- Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Absolutely!
- Angel on the tree-top or a star? Star. The Angel is usually too busy opening presents like a coffee grinder.
- Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We are like little kids who cannot wait, so sometimes we do just one on the Eve. The rest are all Christmas morning, followed by cinnamon rolls. Mmm...
- Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Traffic, but I kind of like the crazy vibe in the stores. Bite me.
- Favorite ornament theme or color? I love the whole blue and white wintery theme, but I don't really have any like that.
- Favorite food for Christmas dinner? See #14 above for the food orgy. I love it all and lots of it with extra helpings.
- What do you want for Christmas this year? Honestly, I have what I want most, which is to be back under the same roof with my Tom. A coffee grinder might be nice, though, because I'm having an espresso bean crisis here in this cow town so severe that I can barely speak, and coffee grinder with beans ordered online (and more cheaply than in stores) is about the only thing that's going to make this all OK and ensure that I do not injure myself or others.