1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate. What the hell is a "nog?" And why does it taste like crap?
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
When I was a child, all gifts were wrapped and some of them said Santa on them. Then on Christmas Eve while we were sleeping some NEW Santa ones appeared. But nowadays Santa's presents only appear under the tree while Delia is sleeping, which makes a lot more sense really.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Multicolored everywhere. White lights are kinda boring IMHO. But, they can look pretty in some applications.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Usually two weeks or more before Christmas.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Cranberry waldorf salad. My mom makes the kind that has whipped cream (or as we call it, "whup cream"), minimarshmallows, tart green apples, halved red grapes, cranberries, and sugar. She sets some aside with no walnuts in it because I am allergic.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?Staying at my Aunt's one Christmas (on my Dad's side, my parents were divorced) with Grandma and Grandpa there sleeping on the floor like the rest of us kids. We woke up early (of course) and sang carols until the whole house was awake. We took turns choosing carols and when it was Grandpa's turn he started to sing, in his gravelly deep baritone, "You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille..." Grandma hollered, "Oh, FRED!" and smacked him. We kids thought it was the funniest thing ever.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don't remember, really.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We go to my Mom's on Christmas Eve and open gifts with Mom, stepdad, and my brother and his family. It is a blast. Then when we get home we sometimes open one small trinkety thing at home, but usually we just hit the sack. In the morning we go to J's family thing and open more gifts. It's Delia's idea of heaven, I think, to open gifts nonstop for two days solid.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
I put on the Christmas music station, or else throw in a cd (favorite is "Charlie Brown Christmas", Vince Guaraldi), and then I (and only I) put the lights on. Then we just start hanging ornaments until they are all hung up. No real system other than that.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
12. Can you ice skate?
It hurts my feet. I used to roller skate A LOT though.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Last year J gave me the most gorgeous tanzanite earrings and it was a complete surprise. I had never cried when I opened a gift before that.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Seeing my family.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Hm... fudge... pumpkin pie... sugar cookies (the kind you make yourself and frost and everything).
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?Going to my Mom's on Christmas Eve. It feels so intimate. We eat a wonderful meal together and then open gifts. Now I'm getting all verklempt. *grabbing tissues*
17. What tops your tree?
An angel that used to be an ornament but graduated to topper status a few years back when I realized that the tinfoil-covered star with the picture of the Lucille Ball (or something like that) on it I had been using when I was roomies with a gay man wasn't doing it for me anymore.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both! I like finding gifts people like, and I like the thought that someone has found something for me. Presumably because they like me.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
The aforementioned Vince Guaraldi album, and then I also like "Sleigh Ride" as performed by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops.
Least favorite: that stupid "Sugarplum Fairy" dance from the stupid Nutcracker. I effing can't stand the Nutcracker. Also, if I never have to hear "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano, again, it'll be the best Christmas present ever.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Hm.... not a huge fan. The small ones they hand out at the tree lot are okay. Bigger than that and I'm overwhelmed. I do like those chalky little peppermint puff things that come individually wrapped though. Mmmmm....
21. What do you want for Christmas?
Tough one. The older I get the harder it is to come up with something. Starbucks cards, to keep me caffeinated as I begin nursing school, I guess. And to see my family. And for my daughter to be delighted and charmed on Christmas morning when she sees that Santa brought her just what she told him she wanted.