09 December 2009

The Christmas List...

Wiley over at Wiley Goes Walkabout tagged me for the following Christmas Meme...

1. Have you started your Christmas shopping? I sew/shop year round for gifts so that I am not overwhelmed come Christmas time.  The only problem I have is trying to find WHERE I hid everything.
2. Tell me about one of your special traditions.   We have some pretty special traditions.  Most from my husband's family in which there seven kids and money was tight.  So they made up for it in the most wonderful, ingenious way of throwing in a few gag gifts...
3. When do you put up your Tree? When the kids nagging enters the realm of audio torture...
4. Are you a Black Friday shopper? The only way you will ever catch me outside my house on black Friday is if I am dead and someone drags my cold, stiff corpse around.
5. Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?  If we can't afford to take a trip to Scotland then it's not worth getting off the couch, now is it? Seriously, tho', we stay at home with the kids when my husband is home and if he is gone, then it is spent with family.
6. What is your funniest Christmas memory?  The Christmas that my husband decided to get a level for my sister. (who is ADD and can't sit still.  If she is not taking a sawzal to a door frame to replace a door she grew bored with then she's roofing or adding another addition)  This was not just a small level... it was about 4 feet long or thereabouts.  He carefully taped off the windows and painted the rest of it a brilliant pink.  He told her when she opened it that he just wanted to remind her that she was a girl.

Meanwhile my sister had decided to get my husband a tool belt that she spray painted pink.  (I think they must have been channeling each other that Christmas!)  She told him she had wanted him to get in touch with HIS feminine side.

What makes this especially memorable is that the two of them, ON THE SAME DAY, asked me what I thought of the present they had decided on giving each other.   I had the hardest time of my life not giving either of them away.  We laughed so hard that Christmas that we were in danger of asphyxiation. 
7. What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?  It's a Wonderful Life, hands down!  Then maybe Scrooged.
8. Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?  Yes.  Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Pie, Mincemeat Pie, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie.  (Not all at the same time though.  I would probably be pushing maximum density if I ate all that!)
9. Fake or Real Tree?
(To the tune of Three Blind Mice...)
Three Fake Trees...
Three Fake Trees...
See How They Shine?
See How They Shine?
They range in size from one foot to six feet
The cats love climbing on such a tall treat
Yacking up the ribbon that they love to eat
Yes, Three Fake Trees
10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?  "...and did I panic? I think not!" (from the movie 'The Mummy')  My mother-in-law taught me that I will NOT get everything done til the kids have all grown up and left home.  So I don't worry about getting it all done.
11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
 Doesn't everyone?  I think anyone that doesn't is an over-achiever!
12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?  Laughing at all the gag gifts.  No one is left out!
13. What Christmas craft do you like the best? Sewing the kids pajamas.
14. Christmas music? Yes or No, and if yes What is your favorite song?  My absolute favorite Christmas song is a pretty obscure song called "Take A Walk Thru Bethleham."
15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping?  I don't ever actually STOP picking up or making presents throughout the year. 

I have decided to add a few questions to this meme because I feel like a few questions were missing.  Such as:

16.  Do you know the names of ALL of Santa's Reindeer? (without googling it!)  Yes.  Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Bashful, Doc, Dopey and Sneezy...  Hmmm, there's something wrong with this picture...
17.  When do you take down your Christmas Tree?  Ummm.  Easter?  Doesn't everyone?  I mean you gotta make room for the Easter Baskets...
18.  Hardest person to buy for?  My husband.  He always just manages to get his Christmas list in before the deadline.
19. Easiest person to buy for?  He or she who doesn't get their wish list in on time gets either an under-roos jock strap or thong panties....Whichever will garner the best expression for the rest of us to enjoy when said present is opened. :o)
20.  Angel on the tree top or star?  I must admit we have a sphincter challenged Angel. (She tends to lean to one side like she's trying to delicately pass gas...)
21. Most annoying thing about this time of year?  TAPE! You either cut too much, or too little. It sticks to EVERYTHING! I always cut my fingers on the dispenser. It always runs out when you still have 3 more presents to wrap.  I *heart* gift bags!
22.  What do you want for Christmas?  I got my wish already.  My family is all home, safe and sound for the holidays.

Want to play along?

Copy and paste the questions into your blog,

•Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

•When you post on your blog, please spread some Christmas Cheer, and leave a link back to Heather's blog (Top 10 Christmas), and the blog that you were tagged by.

Heather would like any blogger to participate in this meme, even if you have not been tagged She will go back and add your blog link to the list if you wanna play along.

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  1. this is going to take some time... and I laughed like a loon at some of your answers.


  2. Ha! Done deal :) That was fun!

  3. LAW - Yeah. I'm not so good on Memes and it took me a couple of days to put it together. My youngest (age 11) said emphatically that she is NOT dragging my cold, stiff, corpse anywhere. Supposedly it's MY job to go shopping with her on black friday. I told her that since black friday has come and gone for another year, I have again escaped the torture. (I also told her to not hold her breath about next year)

    Calista - I have checked your meme out. See, that was how a normal person is suppose to do a meme... For some reason I can never do them seriously. I think it's because they make me nervous. Weird, I know... but there it is.

    Your Meme was fabulous. I loved the look into your family life. :)


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