I did a meme! Because jeez, how Debbie Downer was that last long post? SO MUCH. I copied this from Noelle's blog, and it was fun. What I am bummed about is that I am unable to include so many of the awesome Christmas photos from years past, because all our photos were stolen in the robbery. (We still have the iPod that had the backup of all my pictures, but I still have no idea how to get them off and not have them be super teensy, even a year later. Halp?) So here it is in all its meme-y glory:
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Real egg nog skeeves me the eff out. RIGHT OUT. But Silk nog is like a unicorn bestowed its magic upon the weirdness of soy milk and gave it the beautiful flavor qualities that regular egg nog has, but without the creepy raw egg thing going on. The unicorn probably stirred the vat of Silk nog with its horn too. Does that make it not vegan anymore though? But man. I think hot chocolate always wins for me, because HELLO, chocolate. That you can drink.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I'm not sure what this question is asking. Do some people just wake up on Christmas morning and find cool stuff under their tree, completely unwrapped? That is some lazy parenting. I also am not a huge fan of seeing a ton of wrapped presents under a tree, because that takes away from the impact of seeing everything at once on Christmas morning.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
I prefer colored lights. White is so pretty and calm looking, but nothing says, "We've got some super excited kids in our house!" like colored lights. Remember about 10 years ago when every house you drove by had the white icicle lights from their houses? It was so pretty, but too homogenized.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
My parents sometimes did. It was never a tradition that we cared much about, but more of an afterthought. "Hey, there's a pile of mistletoe for sale at the store. Let's get one." So we haven't really done it. But I'd like to copy this sweet-ass felt one that Emily made.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
After Thanksgiving, but not rabidly so. I have known people who do it Thanksgiving night, and that's just a little too soon for me. Usually by the first week of December is what we aim for. You guys should see my gleaming Festivus pole!!!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
I really, really love holiday food. Specifically, stuffing and gravy. DAY-UM. I could eat that every single day. When I was 20 and lived with my friend Careena, we used to buy boxes of Stove Top stuffing and make it for dinner. Because when you're 20, you can get away with eating disgusting shit like that and thinking that it counts as a meal.
And this year, I'm going to make a yule log that I saw in an issue of Saveur magazine, right before Audrey dumped my entire cup of coffee on it. But I got the general idea. Also, try saying "yule log" without using a Beavis and Butthead voice, and going "heh heh" a couple of times. IMPOSSIBLE.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
They all kind of blend together to form a big happy, glowy memory. I loved decorating the tree with my family while we listened to Christmas music, making cookies together, going to visit all the grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins, the way the suffocating Florida humidity and heat let up enough to sometimes allow for a frost, jumping on our trampoline and seeing the tiniest hint of snow flurries come down and exclaim, "IT'S SNOWING YOU GUYS!!", the excitement of Christmas morning and how my mom would never let us just run in and open presents because we had to have a sensible-ish breakfast first, the tradition of all 4 of the kids each getting a jar of pickles in our stockings because our parents knew we were so nuts for pickles. Heh.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I remember it so clearly. It was on the bus ride home from Kindergarten, and an older kid told me with such satisfaction. I was crushed for a few days and just couldn't believe it. Julian learned this year, by the way. He asked me flat out if Santa was real, or if parents gave presents. So I told him the truth. And he was sad. And then within the span of about five minutes, he put together the pieces: "The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? Leprechauns?" All made up. I think he was most bummed about leprechauns.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We always did when I was young, and it was the same thing every year: pajamas. Even though we knew what it was, it was always super fun to open it. Why am I not doing that for my kids? I think a trip to Target is in order.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
In the nude. Oh, wait....a different answer, perhaps? We go for simple. I think really fancy trees that look like they were done by professionals are very pretty, but just not for me. I like our tree to have a lot of keepsake ornaments and handmade ones. A tree that looks like the people who decorated it actually live there.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love it! For like the first week it's on the ground. Then I'm just tired of it, and tired of being cold. It doesn't even snow that much in our part of North Carolina. But I'm from Florida, and then lived in California after that. So snow and I aren't BFF or anything.
12. Can you ice skate?
Yeah, dood. And I love it. But you know who can ice skate like he's motherfreaking Wayne Gretzky? Julian.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Yes, a guitar. Because it shaped me the most and gave me the most years of happiness.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Being with the people I love.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Um, can I use "all of them" as my answer? Because that's what it is.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Greasing a piglet with canola oil and letting it run wild through the house. The first person to catch it wins! No, really, we started a tradition when we moved here to go to see the Festival of Lights every year and bring homemade cookies with us for the ride. We always let Julian sit in Wade's lap and steer the car since it's going about 2 mph. That's probably my most favorite recent tradition.
17. What tops your tree?
Nothing! For shame!! I'm going to make a sweet little star our of yellow felt if I can ever get around to it.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
By far, I prefer giving. A complete flip-flop of how I felt when I was a lot younger. Opening presents was the shniznit!! But now, I love seeing people get excited over something thoughtful that I've given them. Like a greased piglet. Boy, do they get excited!
19. Candy Canes: yuck or yum?
Yum to the max. And go ahead and judge me for this, but I even love them once they've gotten really old and turned soft. I might even love them more than the fresh crunchy ones.
20. Favorite Christmas show?
It's a Wonderful Life is probably my all time favorite. Damned if I don't get all kinds of weepy every single time I watch it. And any movie that inspired the names of two Sesame Street characters has to be alright by me.
21. Saddest Christmas song?
It has to be this song that Patton Oswalt hilariously mocks. Such a sad song, but such a giant wtf.
22. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I really, really love Christmas songs. Even with my cynical bastard heart, I still love Christmas songs. And you may be surprised to learn that O Holy Night is my favorite one. It's just so beautiful.