Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A fun Christmas meme... borrowed from Mama Hefalump.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

We ALL love hot chocolate here in our home, esp. the homemade stuff I make with real whipped cream on top but Egg Nog is only available for purchase at Christmas time so I LOVE it most at Christmas time!!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Baby Jesus (Nino Jesus in Spanish) and Saint Nick place the gifts under the tress, all of them. Saint Nick comes on Christmas even and sometimes Christmas Adam (the 23) to help me wrap gifts so he is using our paper. While he and I work, the children slide notes under the locked door to him and send us candy canes etc to sustain us!

3. Colored lights on tree or white?

Oh coloured and tiny! All the way!!

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

No, nor have I ever been kissed under it. Have I missed anything? LOL

5. When do you put your decorations up?

Usually on Gaudette Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, is typically when the tree goes up, but each Sunday as we draw closer to Christmas we put up a few more decorations until by the last Sunday before Christmas all the decorations are up. This year all that went out the window when our second oldest found a 7 foot tree for 50 dollars and brought it home on the 2nd of December. Plus all of our decorations except the ones for the tree were lost in the move.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

All of Christmas dinner is my favourite! I can’t pick. I love the potatoes and gravy, I love the stuffing. I love the turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce and mayo. Emmm!!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:

The year that my Christmas stocking came with a beautiful chocolate bell (colourfully wrapped) and greenery attached to it. It was so beautiful looking in the dawn light. It is my first Christmas memory, so the next year I expected the same but sadly that was the only year I ever received that beautiful chocolate!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

Hmmm… how does one answer that? Let’s just say that in our home Saint Nicolas who is a true Saint in heaven helps us at Christmas time.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

As a child we were always allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve, but in our family there are no gifts under the tree until after baby Jesus arrives and is tucked into his manger by Saint Nicolas. Before though, baby Jesus helps Saint Nicolas arrange all of the gifts.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?

Each child has a bulb form their first Christmas that is hung with great care and then we have a real mish mash of decorations, including a box of cloth and wood ornaments, many of which my Grand mother made. These ornaments, not being fragile are placed on the bottom by the younger children and the more fragile ones are placed on the higher branches by the older children.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?

LOVE IT! Ditto, until March, that is, and then I am more than ready for spring. We really miss the snow here in the south.

12. Can you ice skate?

Yes and I miss it!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

Not really. But our first Christmas with a new baby was awesome, our first was born just 10 days before Christmas!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Trying to keep Jesus as the center of the celebrations.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Shortbread, sugar cookies and molasses cookies decorated with chocolate M&Ms!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

The baby Jesus under the tree in His manger and all the children singing Happy Birthday to him before opening their gifts.

17. What tops your tree?

A beautiful Angel made from soft spun wool that is from sheep at Madonna house in Canada.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?

Oh I LOVE to give but it is fun to open my stocking that the oldest girls put together every year. Makes me feel like a little kid again.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

I simply cannot choose, but I am enjoying much of the classical pieces that are being palyed on channel 113 on XM. Sadly they will stop on Boxing Day (the 26th) and all of our Christmas music is lost, so we will not have any to listen to during the 12 days of Christmas.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum??

Oh, I definitly love Candy canes, esp when pregnant. The peppermint is so soothing on my tummy. I also really love the chocolate peppermint candy canes that came out recently. Yum yum yum!! Everyone here loves to stir their hot chocolate with a Candy cane too.

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