Friday, December 11

A Christmas Meme

I found this Christmas meme over at Mama Bear's.

About the TREE....
1.When do you put up the Christmas tree?
We always have had a live tree, so put it up the weekend before Christmas.
2. Real or fake?
This year, artificial. The first time in 25 years.
3. Lights? What color?
4. Garland?
Not usually
5. Theme or no theme?
No theme. I have a lot of decorations that have been gifted to me and they all hold treasured memories. I usually let the boys put them wherever they like on the tree.
6. What kind of topper? An angel made by Mom. It has porcelain hands and head.
7. What's your favorite ornament?
So many are treasured gifts, as I said.
8. What does your tree skirt look like?
Red with Victorian Santas. Another gift from Mom.
9. Where do you put your tree?
Living room
10. Who decorates the tree? The boys and I.
11.What's "under" the tree?
Right now? Nothing except the tree skirt. Dakota (dog) is under a year old. He would have a heyday with presents.
12. Do you put candy canes on your tree?

About the FOODS....

1. What's your favorite Christmas cookie?
Grandma's sugar cookies and shortbread.
2. Do you bake cookies and give them away?
Almost every year.
3. Any "special" foods or candy that you only have at Christmas time?
Homemade marschino cherry chocolates.
4. What do you eat Christmas EVE?
We usually just snack on cheese, crackers, pickles etc.
5. What do you eat on Christmas day?
Depends if we have Christmas here or if we are invited to my daughter's. Usually turkey and all the trimmings.
6. Do you like Eggnog??
Love it but can't have it anymore because of the sugar content.
7. Do you like candy canes?
No candy canes for this girl, but always have some on hand. Love 'em. Just can't have 'em. Have never found sugar free candy canes.


1. Where do you hang your stockings?
Hubby and I don't do stockings. We have always done them for the boys and they hang outside the computer room door.
2. Do you put lights on your house?
Yes, used to be clear icicle lights but now is green LED.
3. Got any outside lawn decorations?
Yes, a reindeer that lights up, a blow up Christmas moose that was given to me by the boys.
4. Do you put up a nativity (creche)?
Always. Last year Baby Jesus and Mary went missing. This year they reappeared and Joseph is missing.
5. Do you hang mistletoe over the door?
No, used to have artificial mistletoe but haven't for a few years now.
6. Got a wreath on your front door?
Not this year so far.
7. How long does it take you to decorate?
The boys usually come the first weekend in December to put up the Christmas village. Hubby and I hand the garland around the doors and put up the decorations there. We put the Christmas tree up the weekend before Christmas, as we usually have a live tree. This year we put it up on December 5th, as we're using the old artificial tree.

About the movies/show
1 . Favorite Children's Xmas TV show/cartoon? ? Mickey's Christmas Carol.
2. Wonderful Life/Miracle on 34th St.
Neither so far this year. Watched White Christmas and Santa Claus 2
3.Favorite Christmas movie??
Like them all.
4. Have you ever seen the Nutcracker Suite Ballet live?
5. Ever been to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show??
6. Ever gone to the movies on Xmas Day?
Yes, once long ago in the early 70s. I thought the person who asked me to go was a little crazy. LOL To me, Christmas is family time.

Other Christmas things....
1. Favorite Christmas book or story?
And it came to pass that Ceasar Augustus...The Christmas Story.
2. Do you stuff your stockings with any types of food?
Yes, always candy for the boys...a chocolate orange for Jordan; a mint chocolate orange for Brandon.
3. Do you go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve?
Not in the last few years.
4. Have you ever gone Caroling?
5. Favorite Christmas Carol?
O' Holy Night and Silent Night
6. Do you believe in Santa?
Of course. Don't you? He doesn't come if you don't believe.
7. Do you leave Santa cookies?
No, Santa needs to lose some weight.
8. What about Rudolph...
Used to make and put out reindeer food when the boys were small. Not any more.
9. What was your best Christmas gift?
When I was a child? A pair of brown boy's ice skates. My first pair. Other than that, I always looked forward to a book...still do.
10. What was the worst/most odd gift?
My MIL always gives me something that doesn't fit.
11. Do you go to a "work" Christmas party?
12. Do you hate going?
Always did. I'm not a social butterfly at parties. Never attend them.
13. Do you send Christmas cards?
Don't you? It's not Christmas without Christmas cards.
14. Do you make a "list"?
A Christmas card list...other than that, no.
15. Do you check it twice?
16.When do you start shopping?
I shop all year 'round. If I see something that I know someone on my Christmas list would like and it's a good deal, I buy it and put it away.
17.Do you shop on Black Friday?
We don't have Black Friday in Canada. Our Thanksgiving is in October and our big sales of the year is Boxing Day Sales.
I have all my shopping done. Still have to wrap the gifts and do some baking.


  1. I need to do that........ Maybe I will do that tomorrow..... Love your list........ all these Christmas Memes make me melancholy...... don't you think.....

  2. Mary
    Enjoyed the meme. It is a fun way to get better aquinted with our bloggin friends even though I am not fond of writing them. As for Christmas stockings, I never had one as a child but am thankful that the stockings are filled every year now with Santa's love. I look forward to new blackberry nailpoilish and new lipstick. Each year I get a tiny car which I add water to but it does not blow up into a big driveable car. Then there are lots of hand cream and other manicure products. I really think not having one as a child makes it more special to me now. Peace

  3. How fun to learn about your Christmas traditions in today's post. I remember Molly's first Christmas and the havoc SHE wrought on so many holiday 'stuph' ... but she was fine by year two and is a sweet heart at five. How time flies ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

  4. #5 in the first section: the Princess rearranges my ornaments every time she comes over.
    We seem to have a lot in common.
    Smokey sits and stared at the tree. I wonder what he's thinking. He likes that ribbon that curls(you know) so I have to be careful there are no loose ends.
    Mama Bear

  5. G'day Mary! Just got out of the shower and now I need to begin making home made tortillas.

    Loved reading about your seasonal traditions!!! And....I'd love to see your angel treetop someday when you're not going to be leaving shortly afterward and put up your real tree....AND the tree skirt, too.

    I got a kick out of Cookies for Santa answer. LOL

    Hope your Saturday was a super one.

  6. That was a fun meme!! It was fun to read your answers. Glad you still believe in Santa ;)

  7. Mary, there is such a thing as sugar-free candy canes. Want me to send you some?

  8. Interesting meme. I haven't done one in ages. My children are all grown and gone, my youngest being 40 years old now. I certainly have some sweet memories of our Christmases though and will always cherish them.
    Thanks for sharing yours. It must have taken quite a while to do since it's so lengthy.

  9. I so enjoyed reading your answers to the Christmas questions! I'm still giggling at Mary and Baby Jesus going missing last year and Joseph this year...too funny. Someone is obviously kidnapping them:) You always had real trees until this year and it's the opposite for me...I had an artificial for 31 years and now a real one for 2 years! lol I'm just loving having a real tree!!

    Before I forget, I wanted to let you know that I received the book you sent me as your Pay It Forward gift...I was soooo thrilled to get it:-) Thank you so much, my friend, I LOVE your story that's published in it and the personal autograph and note are much appreciated!! xoxo