Christmas Meme

A few of my personal holiday traditions and thoughts. πŸ™‚ (I am sorry. There are some formatting issues here that I can’t seem to fix. :-((((

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
      Wrapping paper
  2. Real tree or artificial?

      Artificial. I love real trees, but our townhome complex doesn’t allow them because of the fire hazard they present. I do love the way the artificial trees hold ornaments without sagging!

  3. When do you put up the tree?
      This year, just after Thanksgiving. We travel for the holiday, so we like time to enjoy the decorations.
  4. When do you take the tree down?

      Just after New Year.

  5. Do you like egg nog?

      Love it…but really, really prefer homemade. I have a great recipe. Adding a little nutmeg and cognac is a nice treat too!

  6. Favorite gift received as a child?

      My stereo system. What great parents, huh? To give a child on the brink of adolescence in the era of rock ‘n roll electronics with a VOLUME control…brave, very brave. I’d like to think they didn’t regret that gift. πŸ™‚

  7. Do you have a nativity scene?

      Several. We have one from India, a gift from when my brother was posted in New Delhi and another one that nestles in the branches of our tree. And we even have one that’s from the Holy Land, made, I believe, of olive wood that hangs as an ornament on aforementioned tree. I love them, because for me, that is the ‘reason’ for the season.

  8. Hardest person to buy for?

      My Father-in-Law…all he ever asks for is socks! However, he loves black licorice. That helps. πŸ™‚

  9. Easiest person to buy for?
      My sister-in-law, Paula. Why? Because she stitches! πŸ™‚
  10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

      Both. I send an e-mail greeting to all our friends far and near and that happens most every year. I also like to send a snail mail card or letter, when I can get them done. I need to get better at my timing. Often we send out a Christmas/New Year’s and…sigh…sometimes an Easter letter. πŸ™‚

  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

      A gift is never a bad thing and is always a gesture of thoughtfulness, so this question is hard to answer. The only time I recall being disappointed is, as a very young girl, when I’d get clothes instead of a particular toy. Now? Bring on the clothes. πŸ™‚

  12. Favorite Christmas movie?
      A Christmas Carol-I’m not even too particular about which version. I just love the story.
  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

      All year, but I have to admit we are still at it in mid-December. We tend to pick up things that scream a certain person’s name all year and then fill in before the holidays. Some years more gets done earlier than other years. Stitched gifts, when given, are usually the product of many months of work.

  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
      I don’t believe so. Paper, yes, presents, no.
  15. Favorite things to eat at Christmas?

      Swedish Fruit Soup, potato sausage and Rosettes. Was I trained well or what? πŸ™‚

    16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

Clear and lots of them!

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Tie: Silent Night, O Holy Night and Do You See What I See?

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

Travel…just about every year. My family is in the DC metro area and DH’s family lives about 3 hours away here in Minnesota. While I love being with family, I would love to have an occasional Christmas at my home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

‘You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen….but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?’ That would be Rudolph. πŸ™‚

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Neither: A blown glass spire with a gold dusted stars.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

With my family, Christmas Eve, with Dan’s, Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

I have to be careful not to get on my soapbox here, but hand’s down, I HATE the focus on ‘stuff’. (if that idea bothers you then quit reading here! πŸ™‚

The pressure to buy, buy, buy, turns generally nice people into stressed, cranky strangers and often leads to financial hardship for families in the months ahead. I love to get gifts for children…to see their faces light up. But in my opinion, we have gone beyond the point of sense. For me this is not what Christmas is about. Christmas is about the birth of a Saviour, it’s about the gifts and the blessings that are ours because of this one Great Gift and it’s about family, friends, sharing our blessings with the less fortunate and about keeping cherished traditions alive.

The gift of a loved one’s presence is the gift, not the presents. I think about that statement and I think about my dad. His is the presence I will miss most this year! ((((((((((HUGS, Daddy))))))))))))))))

Okay. I’m done now. I know there are many who don’t share my beliefs and I am not trying to force my opinions on anyone. But this blog is about me and my stitching and my little corner of the world, so I write about what I feel and believe.

May all of you find wonderful blessings in the things you cherish at this time of year.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

Handmade ornaments, Santa’s and ornaments that speak of the birth of Christ (and not in that order :-).

24. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner?

Gotta go with Turkey and Ham. MMMMMMM! Yes, we usually do both and yes, it’s always a treat!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

In one word? Peace. I know, I know…it’s one of those overused wishes, sometimes so overused that it borders on sounding trite. But I wish all those I know and love, friends I have not yet met and for me and my house personally;Β  peace in our hearts, peace in our families, peace in our corners of the world, peace in our nations.

I think this community of stitchers…brought together by a love of the beauty created by the threaded needle is a wonderful start. We are so many…we are from different environments…we have different educational, economic and social backgrounds and different values…yet there is love and encouragement among us and we even find joy in our differences.

May these ties that bind that overcome discord, one day, be extended to our world.



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  • Paula  On December 19, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Julie –
    You hit the nail on the head there – numerous times. Dad is definitely the hardest to buy for – I’m still thinking about him right now. Me as the easiest – that’s sweet. I would have to say “right back at ya”. I even get calls from others in the family on what to buy for you.

    your sis-in-law

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