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Christmas traditions meme - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
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Christmas traditions meme
Nicked from sannalim. It's kind of odd to think that I'm going to be the last person in my line who will be able to fill this out! My children (should I ever have them) will have a good Hanukkah tradition meme, I guess. But converting doesn't stop me from having good memories!

1.What is your favorite Christmas carol/song?
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing." It was the first one I ever learned, because I had a record of it. Though I also have a really bizarre liking of the Snoopy Christmas song, "Christmas Bells, oh Christmas bells, ringing through the land..." And they never play that on MusicChoice anymore!

2.White lights or multiciolored?
We always had white lights on the tree and outside. Mom was not a multi-color sort of person. ;)

3. Do you have a cut tree, live tree or an artificial tree?
I'm very allergic to pine sap--if I scratch myself on a needle, my hand blows up. So we had an artificial tree from the time I was very, very little.

4. Eggnog, mulled cider, or hot chocolate?
Which is best, or which is Christmas? I'm still a holiday eggnog girl. But don't take my hot cocoa away from me, either. ;)

5. Do you decorate your house with lights?
Eight little candles in the window these days. :) But I love them.

6. Do you write a Christmas letter?
No. Never been big in the trading greetings thing.

7. Do you like receiving Christmas letters/photos?
I like getting them, but I never know what to do with them! My mom always strung them up on a ribbon and took them down January 6 with the rest of the Christmas decorations, but I've never been that sort of person. But I feel very guilty tossing them, because someone sent them to me! I do love having them, though. And pictures are a plus.

8. What is your favorite Christmas story/movie?
A Christmas Carol

9. Have you ever made a gingerbread house?
No. I'm not that coordinated.

10. Poinsettias or holly?
Shrug.

11. Do you display a nativity scene?
Obviously, not anymore. But we used to have several when I was growing up, and my favorite was a very little one where everything was glued in and there was a fake thatched roof on the stable. If you say "creche," that's what I see in my head.

12. Do you bake Christmas cookies?
No, but I've helped my aunt decorate them sometimes.

13. Ham or turkey?
Turkey.

14. In what languages can you wish someone a Merry Christmas (without cheating)?
English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Finnish (though I can't remember how to spell it in Finnish)

15. Do you know all the words to Jingle Bells?
At least the first verse.

16. Do you put presents under the tree?
Well, except for the ones in the stockings, or anything that the cat could jump on and break. For the big family gathering, they generally spread out quite aways from the tree, and a couple of people would play Santa to distribute them.

17. How do you eat a candy cane?
Curved part first, then the little tail that hangs off the end of it, then just work my way down the rest.

18. What is your biggest holidays pet peeve?
This year? That my city has apparently erected a "Holiday Tree." :headdesk: Show a picture of a Christmas tree to a hundred random people. You may get a few people calling it a Chanukkah bush, but spontaneously coming up with "Holiday Tree"? Fuhgeddaboudit. It's a Christmas tree, people. If you want to put up a huge Hanukiyyah next to it, and a Kwanzaa menorah, and anything else, be my guest! I think it would be pretty. But that doesn't make it not a Christmas tree.

19. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
We had a little crystal bell, and it was my job as small child to go around on Christmas morning ringing it. Oh, I'm not going to choose just one. Homemade coffee cake for breakfast (we just had a basic struedel, Aunt C always made a really fancy one that there was still some left of when we got there for family Christmas, with what my great-grandmother apparently dubbed "gootzie holes," where sugar and candies were pushed into the batter). Midnight candlelit services on Christmas Eve with festival music for an hour beforehand, followed by a late supper at Denny's with the friends we went into the city with. (We attended a Presbyterian church most of the year, but for Christmas and Easter, unless Mom was working, we went to our home Lutheran church in the city.) Collecting a new ornament for the tree each year since I was born--it was a gift each year for the next year--with the thought that I'd have them when I set up housekeeping myself, and always hanging the one I got the year I was born (a reindeer outline made of wicker) first. Making stockings for the family pets, and stuffing them with fun toys that we could all play with.

20. What was the best present you ever got for Christmas?
I'm blanking on this. My uncle once gave us an Intellivision console, which was fun, but I don't remember being blown away by it.
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thegreenquill From: thegreenquill Date: December 8th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I love "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." At home, we'd listen to the Charlie Brown soundtrack with a fire and a cup of whatever hot beverage was at hand. It would be really mellow and jazzy until Hark the Herald came on, and then we'd all go nuts.
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greyashowl From: greyashowl Date: December 8th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mum is a ribbon person too with cards and letters. As for candy canes then I guess it depends on the size, I go for the small type and stick it all in at once, usually resulting in a choking spasm.
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