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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gettin to Know You: Christmas Version

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both.  I wrap all the kid's gifts because it is more fun watching them unwrap.  Gifts for anybody else are usually in a gift bag.

2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial.  I would rather have a real tree, but they are so hard to keep from drying out so quickly.  Also, my husband's allergies would go hay wire with a real tree in the house.  I have a Harvest Spice Airwick air freshner plugged in the room where the tree is to give the "smell" of a real tree.

3. When do you put up the tree? The weekend after Thanksgiving.  I love Christmas decorations and like to enjoy them for as long as possible.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually everything is packed up and put away a few days after New Year's day except for the year it was the last weekend in January!

5. Do you like eggnog?  No!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Fashion Plate set:  The one where you switch out the plates and trace over them with colored pencils to make outfits.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. The first church Mike served in when we were first married, there was a couple there that gave us our nativity set for Christmas that year.  That was seventeen years ago!  It has survived 5 moves!

8. Hardest person to buy for?  My husband.

9. Easiest person to buy for? This year it would be our 4 year old.  Anything to do with cars, trucks and crashing the two makes him so happy!

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Things for the house!

.11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I am so bad with the Christmas card thing.  I actually haven't done Christmas cards in years.  We will have a photo one this year!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I love watching the old Rudolph and Frosty movies.  I also love watching ABC Family's 25 days of Christmas with the kids.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  Usually after Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pretzels dipped in the white almond bark candy and pecan pie.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Lots and lots of white lights!  Reminds me of snow!  When Bentley was two he called Christmas tree lights "moonlight"!

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night and Mary Did You Know?

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? In years past we have traveled.  This will be the first year we will be staying in Florida for Christmas.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Afraid I can not! 

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?  We have had an angel in the past, but now we don't have room on top of our seven foot tree.  This year we have a large star ornament with a nativity in the center of it.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? It is really sad to see people put so much effort and energy into gifts and shopping and not as much into Christmas being Immanuel, God with Us!

23. What I most love about Christmas.  The lights and the music!  I enjoy the Christmas parties and having Cecily home from school for two weeks.  Also I enjoy having my kids coming into our bedroom on Christmas morning ready to open presents and watching the delight on their faces as they open their things.  This year the thing that has thrilled my heart is that Bentley remembers his Bible verse he learned last year:  "Every good and perfect gift comes from above."

Okay, let me know if you decide to do this so I can visit your blogs and read your answers.

If you don't have a blog, click on "comments" at the end of this post and leave me your answers there!

Doing less and enjoying more,


Patty said...

I had fun reading your answers. You will have to share a picture of your star, it sounds beautiful!!! I also love to watch the Christmas shows. :)

Enjoy this Christmas season!!

Cheryl said...

Loved reading this.
I'm going to do this so come read my answers!