I saw Barbara’s new Christmas meme first at Reading to Know, and I thought I’d jump in. I’m feeling somewhat Scrooge-ish this year for some reason, and I thought this might get me more in the Christmas spirit.
What is your favorite Christmas song?
I really like almost every Christmas carol I know, though I’m most partial to the ones that I can actually sing since my voice is not conditioned to hit very high notes. This year we’ve been singing “O Come, Emmanuel” for Circle Time, and I love it–so hauntingly beautiful. I love the Hallelujah Chorus, too, and while it’s not necessarily just a Christmas song, we do associate it with the season. This is my favorite rendition of it:
Favorite Christmas special/movie? I love, love, love It’s a Wonderful Life. This is my favorite scene. I quote the last line in this scene whenever I’m discussing the foolishness of youth with anyone. 😉
What kind of special goodies do you make in December? This year so far all I’ve made are multiple batches of Chex Muddy Buddies to bag up and give as gifts to Steady Eddie’s co-workers, AWANA workers, and the girls’ teachers at church. Most Christmases I make orange marble fudge (which isn’t my favorite but it’s very pretty and unique, so it makes a splash) and Andes mints cookies. I also usually make several batches of sausage balls, plus various and sundry other goodies. Just today I took a Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding to Steady Eddie’s work party. We’ve begun a new tradition of having Christmas Eve brunch here at home, just me and my
little medium-sized family, and for that I usually make homemade cinnamon rolls. Yummy!
Favorite Christmas beverage? I’ve only recently become much of a hot drink aficionado, so I don’t really have a favorite. Well, except for hot chocolate–made with whole milk and real chocolate (preferably from a coffee shop).
How many Christmas parties do you usually attend? So far this year I’ve already been to three–my sister’s Tacky Christmas Sweater Party, a Christmas luncheon at CBS, and the aforementioned party at Steady Eddie’s office. We still have a church party, and then the real Christmas festivities begin, with Christmas Eve with my parents and my sister’s family, Christmas Day with Steady Eddie’s mom, and then Christmas Evening with my extended family on my dad’s side. Whew!
Here I am at my sister’s party last weekend. I didn’t have a tacky Christmas sweater, so my dear friend loaned me her princess cap instead. 😉 It was a fun night, full of lighthearted silliness.
Do you go Christmas caroling? Does anyone come Christmas caroling to your house? When I was a child, we went caroling to community and church shut-ins as a group. Since then, we’ve gone a few times to the nursing home, but that’s it. I miss it. No one has ever come to my home caroling, and I’m all the poorer for it.
What’s on your front door at Christmas? I’m sad to say that there is nothing Christmas-y on my front door. Unfortunately, the dead plant beside my door isn’t exactly festive, either.
When do you put the tree up and take it down? We don’t have a set time to put up our tree or take it down–mostly just when we have time to do it. We put ours up a little later this year than I would’ve liked, but we’re in limbo right now waiting to get new flooring in the main living areas of our house. We finally just put it up in the school room since we aren’t getting flooring down there. Ours is not a themed tree–it’s just full of ornaments we’ve made or have been given over the years. While I think themed or coordinated trees are beautiful, I really enjoy our eclectic collection of ornaments and the memories they hold.
Do you decorate with traditional red and green or with other colors? Our tree has multi-colored lights on it. We’re definitely eclectic all the way around.
How many Christmas trees do you put up (large and small?) This year I think we’ll just have one big tree. In the past we’ve also had a skinny tree for our Christmas Around the World ornaments, but we’re foregoing that this year. I do have a ceramic tree that my late aunt made many years ago and that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away. It’s my favorite Christmas knick-knack.
Are your Christmas tree decorations themed or hodgepodge? Hodgepodge. Eclectic. Collected from clearance sales over the past fourteen years of marriage. You get the picture. 🙂
Ham, turkey, both, or something else for Christmas dinner? I’m responsible for neither ham nor turkey, but my mother usually cooks both for our Christmas Eve supper. On Christmas Day my mother-in-law cooks what everybody likes–steak and gravy for Steady Eddie; chicken-n-dumplings for the girls; etc. Christmas Evening supper is leftovers and everyone is too stuffed to eat much!
Favorite ham leftovers? Maybe a ham sandwich, though I’m really not big on that, either.
Do you have any Christmas traditions that are unusual, out of the ordinary? I can’t think of anything unusual that we do. Our biggest tradition involves books–I wrap our Christmas books, and we have enough for all three of my big kids to open one each on the days we have Circle Time (and then some). We give each child a Christmas ornament each year, as do my parents and Steady Eddie’s mom (which explains my eclectic Christmas tree!). We also decorate cookies with my nephews each year, if possible, though now that they’re fifteen and thirteen, I wonder how much longer they’ll want to do it.
Do you display Christmas cards in particular way? This year I’m trying out a new metal card holder, but the jury’s still out on how well it will hold all the cards we receive. The past few years I’ve pinned ribbon up inside the window frame in the kitchen (like a clothes line) and used mini clothes pins to pin the cards to the line. It was a cute idea, if I do say so myself. 😉
What do you do with the Christmas cards you received after the holidays are over? I hate to say it, but I usually end up throwing them away. When I used to scrapbook, I always planned to include them in the year’s scrapbook (and I think I did at some point). I’m working on less clutter and less stress now, so that’s out.
Christmas newsletters: Love ‘em or hate ‘em? We receive very few newsletters, but I love them. I wish I could write a good one, too.
Care to join in? If you do, leave me a comment and I’ll visit your blog and read bout your Christmas traditions.