A Christmas MeMe!

Since Crystal practically tagged me on this…no really, I like anything to do with Christmas and holiday spirit (but nothing to do with money spending!  Stores will suck every last dime and then some and not geel guilty.  Not from me!  I’m all about love and happiness and peace!) here is a Christmas Meme that I have thoroughly enjoyed filling out!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Actually, since I like homemade gifts, I would prefer it to either not be wrapped or to be wrapped in homemade wrapping paper or simply tied with ribbon.  I’m an old fashioned gal, I know!

2. Real tree or Artificial?
I have never had a real tree and have always thought they were really nice, but since I am the ‘dare you to go as long as you can without water…OOOPS, you died!’ type of plant caregiver, I don’t think I should be allowed a real tree.  LOL!

3. When do you put up the tree?
Well, with my parents we had to make my dad wait until the day after Thanksgiving.  My husband and I wait until his next day off after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down?
New Year’s Eve, usually.  Superstition of bad luck when having your tree up after the New Year has begun.  😀

 5. Do you like eggnog?
No, actually I don’t…not even the non-alcoholic kind (I am allergic to alcoholic beverages)

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
A carousel horse that my mom got me that plays music.  I still have it and have passed it on to Lady Tru (my daughter).  I also still have my first teddy bear that was received on my first Christmas.  🙂

 7. Hardest person to buy for?
Buy?  I make!  But really, my nephews give me fits.  One year the obsession is Power Rangers, the next it’s Yu-gi-oh!  😛  They are awful!

8.  Easiest person to buy for?
My kids, they love anything that they are given. (knock on wood!)

9. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, but I have always wanted one.  🙂

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I’ve never disliked anything that I have been given.  I am the type of person that is happy to have received something, no matter what it is. 

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Anything created by Rankin-Bass.  I love all the classics!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I don’t shop….we are always broke, but I started making gifts back in July…that counts, right?

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
No, I don’t think so.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Fudge!  I love a good old fashioned fudge!  And it gets extra points for having mint in it!  LOL!

16. Lights on the tree?
Of course!  And I prefer white lights, but never get my way with it.  Everyone out-votes me with colored lights.  They don’t care that original lights on a tree were candles and THEY weren’t colored.  That’s my argument, anyway.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Oh!  This one is really hard.  I love most of them…’First Noel’, ‘Silent Night’, ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, all Bing Crosby’s songs, Tchaikowsky’s Nutcracker, ….oh GEEZ!  I could go on and on…believe me!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I want to be with my parents…desperately.  It doesn’t seem right to have Christmas without my family, but we can’t go there and they can’t make it here.  😦  As a kid, we never traveled on Christmas Day, but if we had headed up North (Indiana) for the Christmas Break, we always stayed at the house that we slept in Christmas Eve.  My mom never wanted to make us leave all our toys and run around on Christmas Day.  I guess that is why I just want to stay at home on Christmas Day, myself.  But my in-laws always get together and it IS nice to be around family. 
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Can’t everybody?!  If you can’t…..that’s just sad!  😛

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
We have a star….I want an Angel, but I will be very picky about her if I ever find the perfect one.  🙂

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Ok, so….if I know that there are presents for me under the tree I pester and bug until I can open up just ONE on Christmas Eve!  That is why my parents never put any out until Christmas Morning!  LOL!  Chris learned this the first year together as well.  Don’t even tell me that you have gotten me a gift….I can’t help that the curiosity turns me into the most annoying pest that you have ever met!  It was YOUR fault for telling me you got me a gift!  😛

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Commercials….I hate them!  I LOATHE THEM!  Especially the ones that make men feel like their women won’t love them unless they buy jewelry b/c really what it does is make women feel like their men don’t love them enough to buy them jewelry.  I am so glad that this is the second year in a row that we haven’t been able to pay our satellite bill around Christmas and they cut off our service.  I don’t have to see the commercials…but this does cause a problem with no Christmas shows… 😦

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
I just put up my tree last night and put nothing but handmade ornaments up on it….it is the prettiest tree I have ever put together.  🙂  I still need to make more ornaments, but the tree looks perfect as it is right now!

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
This is ALWAYS our menu at my parents’ house: turkey and/or ham, cornbread dressing, broccoli and cheese casserole (my fav!), sweet potato casserole, greenbean casserole, yeast rolls (homemade), and cranberry sauce.  🙂  Dessert is usually pumpkin roll, lots of cookies, cherry cheesecake, chocolate pie, pecan pie, and banana pudding.  I like the predictability of the meal.  We usually save all of these favorites just for Thanksgiving and Christmas and that is why they are usually always the same.  We have waited all year to have them!  🙂

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I don’t expect anything…we can’t afford Christmas (but I am not whining, so don’t even think I am….I am OK with not getting anything.  Hubby spoils me when our income tax refund money comes in.)  Sir Thade (son) asked me yesterday what I wanted and I told him ‘Peace on Earth’.  I really do want that.  Materialistic things that I want include a bread machine, iPod Touch (I’ve never had an iPod and that one looks really cool, told hubby that it was the 5 year wedding anniversary traditional gift though…so I can wait until Feb. 10th, I think)…well, that’s it.  OH, a never ending yarn stash of whatever I could possibly need and a crochet hook case to match my knitting needle case.  Other than that, I am totally satisfied in life!  🙂

26. Who is most likely to blog about this?
Well, I’m taggin’ my gal pals: Jenny, Bethany, and Karen….but I won’t MAKE them do it!  😀

27.  Lights, blinking or always on?
Always on….I find blinking, running, chasing lights annoying.  Fading glow lights are tolerable, though.  I think it goes back to my issue with the first lights on a tree were candles, those don’t run or chase eachother, right?  LOL!

Take a look at my ancient monstrocity!

This is my new toy courtesy of MIL.  It is quite a monstrocity and I think it was her very first sewing machine.  I feel very special that she trusts me with something that should surely be an antique or maybe she was just finding someone to pawn it off on…but either way I am very grateful for it!  It only does a straight stitch, but who gives a flip right now?!  NOT ME!  And I need to find a replacement belt thingy for it that dry rotted.  She said I should be able to find it easily at a store that carries sewing machine parts.
So, what does everyone think?