A Christmas Meme
Hat tip to Dymphna's Well.
This post has been updated to include my wife's answers as well. :)
And Nick is throwing in his $0.02 as well.
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
(BMP) Both are really good, unspiked.
(AMP) Egg nog.
(NFB) Hot chocolate.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
(all three) Wrap, of course.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
(BMP) Colored, blinking, and I'm partial to the old style fat bulbs.
(NFB) We have a pre-lit artificial tree with white lights, but I prefer the old-school bubble lights that my mom uses.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
(both of us) Don't have any to hang. (wife adds: "too cheap to buy one")
(NFB)Agrees with Mrs. P.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
(BMP) No sooner than the First Sunday of Advent. If I had my way, it would be the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
(AMP) Sunday after Thanksgiving
(NFB) Hopefully before Christmas Eve!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
(BMP) French meat pies you get from the deli.
(NFB) Sweet potato casserole (with all the brown sugar!!)
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
(BMP) Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas
(AMP) Presents from the tree all the way to the fireplace
(NFB) Watching Mom and Dad open the gifts I got for them.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
(BMP) At age 10. My mom had asked if I had really still believed.
(AMP) At age 10. My mom told me.
(NFB) Parents sat me down a few days after Christmas when I was in 2nd grade. Probably 'cause that was the year I noticed that all the gifts from Santa were labeled in Mom's handwriting.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
(both of us) From the relatives' houses, yes. The stuff from Santa waits till Christmas Day.
(NFB) My wife and I open our gifts after Midnight Mass. It's the only "alone" time we get to do so.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
(both of us) Modest bulbs and tinsel, balls, candy canes, and stuff the kids made in school.
(NFB) Glass balls, ceramics painted by my great-grandparents, stuff we had on our respective trees when growing up.
11. Snow? Love it or Dread it?
(BMP) Dread it big time, especially considering the driving I do and the idiots I have to deal with on the road here (Sorry, Christmas spirit doesn't mean leniency to stupidity - not in my book anyways).
(AMP) Love it on Christmas Eve and Day only (two-inch limit). Otherwise, dread it.
(NFB) As long as I don't have to shovel...
12. Can you ice skate?
(BMP) Give me a pair of ice skates and I'll show you the best slapstick comedy on ice since the Three Stooges!
(AMP) As a child yes. As an adult, no.
(NFB) Never tried.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
(BMP) At age 8, the 45 RPM record of Go All the Way by the Raspberries.
14. What's the most exciting thing about the Holidays for you?
(BMP) January 2
(AMP) Having family together
(NFB) Mom's cookin'!
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
(BMP) My mom's chocolate truffle
(AMP) Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
(BMP) Midnight Mass
(AMP) Opening the gifts
(NFB) Blessing and lighting our family Advent wreath (a tradition we've started since getting married.)
17. What tops your tree?
(both of us) A well-lit star.
18. Which do you prefer - giving or receiving?
(All Three) Both. I like a good balance LMAO!
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
(BMP) O Come, All Ye Faithful, arranged by David Willcocks
(AMP) I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
(NFB) Thanks to my mother, "Winter Wonderland" as sung by Johnny Mathis
20. Candy canes?
(BMP) Loads of them. My wife won't have it any other way hehehe!
(AMP) Dump peppermint canes, get flavored ones!
(NFB) The ones with colored stripes that taste like fruit punch or something.
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