Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Meme

Okay okay. I know I have been a scrooge this season. And I will continue to be a scrooge. However, in an attempt to slightly make up for that fact, here is a Christmas meme that I found over at Miz Minka:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bag? Prefer gift bags. I have cats. I would rather not mess with ribbons and paper with them around. But on rare occasions, I will wrap.

2. Real tree or artificial? I would say real. Although a nice artificial one is fine as well. I am easy to please in that regard. Although I am not putting up a tree this year. Just not in the mood. Remember the scrooge part?

3. When do you put up your tree? When time permits. Usually one or two weeks before Christmas.

4. When do you take down your tree? Ummm...some time in February. Hey, if I spent so much time and effort decorating it, I don't want to take it down anytime soon. Besides, if you saw what my decorated trees look like, you would understand. Usually laden with ornaments, lights, and chocolates (Szaloncukor).

5. Do you like eggnog? It is ok. Not a huge fan of eggnog. It also depends how it is made.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? A "Lite-Brite" set. I was wanting one for months. I was particularly ill with a stomach virus that particular Christmas eve. After throwing up most of Christmas eve, I fell asleep exhausted on the couch by the Christmas tree. When I woke up, I saw it under the tree. It made my evening. It made my Christmas.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No. Although I have been wanting one.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My brother in law.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My niece.

10. Worst Christmas gift you've ever received? A small book purchased at a used bookstore by a guy I was in a relationship with at the time. The book only cost him five dollars (price tag still on it). Although it was a nice book and I am not a materialistic person, I was miffed because I spent ten times that amount on him with my meager student stipend. He drove a BMW, lived in an affluent part of town, had a big home filled with beautiful antiques, and employed a maid to clean his house...I was not expecting anything extravagent...but...Five bucks? I was worth only five bucks? I broke up with him two months later...

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I am so bad on this. Ask my relatives in Hungary. I usually send Christmas cards in the mail when I do send them.

12. Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Story. It makes me laugh. Plus the fact it was filmed in Cleveland brings back all sorts of nostalgia from my childhood.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Pretty much all year. I don't do the last minute rush. I put a lot of thought and effort into the presents I buy people.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Never. Unthinkable in my book.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Hungarian pastries. Stuffed cabbage. My mom used to make the best stuffed cabbage. Every Christmas it was her tradition.

16. White or colored lights? Colored lights.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Hungarian Christmas carols. Right now, they bring back too much nostalgia and I just end up crying. You know how embarrassing that is in a Hungarian Restaurant? Right now, I am listening to a CD of Christmas music of medieval Hungary that is breath-taking.

18. Traveling for Christmas or stay home? Staying home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? I am not even going to try...

20. Angel or Star on top of tree? Neither. I do have a tree topper, but it is blown glass. But I probably would pick a star over an angel.

21. Open presents Christmas Eve or Morning? It depends. Both.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Commercialism. And the inundation of Christmas songs that start even before Thanksgiving. Can I also add the horrible tacky decorations people put on their lawns and houses? I swear, they seem to get gaudier and tackier with each passing year.

23. What I love most about Christmas? Tough one to answer right now as I am in a "Bah Humbug" sort of mood. At the moment, I would have to say the lights and food.


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