I took this from Girl in a Boy House:
Eggnog or hot chocolate? I like both, but I don't drink either one very often.
Does Santa wrap the presents or leave them open under the tree? Since we don't believe, we don't receive. We try to make up for it so the kids don't miss out on Christmas, so the only difference is we have to pay for the presents ourselves instead of getting them free from Santa, and the kids thank us for them instead of thanking Santa.
Colored lights on a tree or white? Colored, but I like white ones too.
Do you hang mistletoe? No.
When do you put your decorations up? We don't have a set day for it, but it's between Thanksgiving and, say, the end of the first week of December.
What is your favorite holiday dish? Wurstebroodjes (pigs-in-blankets).
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? ALL of them: we celebrate on Christmas Eve night. I always say it's a holdover from a family tree of ministers and farmers, but I don't actually know that that's the case. Sounds good, though.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree? As many ornaments as will fit, none of them matching. A total melee, if that's the word I want. The kids have been doing it the last few years---first because I was pregnant and too tired/queasy to manage it, and now because they like to. I'd rather have everything evenly spaced, but have grown fond of their "dripping with ornaments, especially on the lower half of the tree" effect. I have an aqua-metallic bead garland. No tinsel or tinsel garland. Candy canes. Colored lights.
Snow: love it or hate it? I like it while it's falling, and I like it lying prettily on the ground (but not the roads) for Christmas, but basically I hate it.
Can you ice skate? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA no.
What is your favorite holiday dessert? Spiked sherbet floats.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Driving around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve night, right before opening presents.
Candy canes: yum or yuck? I don't eat them, but I like them on the tree, and I'll stir a hot drink with one if I think of it.
Favorite Christmas show? Scrooged, and the tape I made of a bunch of holiday-themed episodes of kids' programs one year.
This was, as Nicole promised, surprisingly fun to do, and you should copy if you want to.
Also, I am home from the Christmas party, and I had a shot of vodka beforehand and two large glasses of wine during, and I felt JUST FINE. Still anxious, but able to fake it, and also still able to focus my eyes, so it was a happy medium is what I'm saying.
Also, I realized my clothes were a MAJOR STRESSER, and it seemed like "having nothing but jeans, t-shirts, and a funeral outfit" was a situation that it was okay to remedy, so I went out this morning and bought some clothes, and I was dressed PERFECTLY for what everyone else was wearing, which was like a major psychic triumph. I wore dark, slightly flared jeans, dark grey and silver flats, a black cami, and a so-pink-it-was-almost-red button-down shirt with only a few buttons in the middle buttoned and the sleeves rolled up. I also wore sparkly earrings and my (men's department) belt bracelet and my grandma's cocktail ring.
And I brought wine, and thank you to everyone who suggested it because it was the perfect thing and roughly half the other people who came also brought wine. Then I had some of THEIR wine, and I ate many yummy little foods, and I talked with wallflowers, and now I am thinking we should go to parties every night! Or never again---either way.
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