1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Egg nog. I can’t drink it anymore, unless someone can figure out a lactose-free version. And I sure do miss it.
2. Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree?
All wrapped up – which makes the unwrapping ceremony of Christmas morning so much fun!
3. Colored or white lights?
Coloured, of course!
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No. Not real mistletoe at any rate. Isn’t it poisonous for cats? Someone gave me a ball of fake mistletoe a number of years ago and I do put that up.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
At the beginning of December. I like to enjoy the colored lights and festive atmosphere for 2 – 3 weeks before the holidays.
6. Favorite holiday dish?
Mom’s tourtiere. Although I can’t eat it anymore as it contains bacon, and I’m allergic to pork.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
All those Christmases when I was so excited to get up and get going, and we’d have relatives, such as Aunt Jessie join us for Christmas!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I can’t remember. I think I just kind of figured it out from a number of clues. Although when I approached my mom and told her that I don’t believe in Santa, she said if I didn’t believe, then I wouldn’t get gifts from him anymore. To which I replied, “I believe! I believe!”
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes, most Christmases, but not all.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
I inherited a lot of old glass ornaments from my parents and over the years I’ve collected a fair amount of ornaments that are unique and have personality. I have an artifical tree and I use cream ribbons and iridescent beads for garland. I have a new tree this year that has colored lights built in, and I love it. I like the lights and ornaments to really fill the tree up. I also have a Christmas village that lights up that I set up on my mantle, and a handful of snow globes and Christmas candles, etc. through the apartment.
11. Snow: Love it or hate it?
I love a beautiful fresh coating, especially the kind that clings to the trees, and makes you want to go skiing. That being said, I am not fond of shoveling out my car or dealing with the subsequent overnight parking ban and messy roads and sidewalks.
12. Can you ice skate?
Yes. My mom taught me when I was young, and when we lived in Edmonton, I took figure skating lessons. I quit when they were starting to pressure me to 1.)do jumps, and 2.)go competitve (which we couldn’t afford, besides, I was also in 4H and Girl Guides as well so I only has so much free time for practice, but I digress).
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
The most memorable was the Sindy (like Barbie) doll townhouse that was taller tahn me, and it came with with ALL of the furniture, even silverware!!
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Spending time with friends and family.
15 . What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Mom’s thumbprint cookies. Drool.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas morning, getting up and making coffee and getting settled with my parents in the living room, with Christmas music on in the background. I get to play “elf” and dole out the gifts one by one. We would take turns opening the gifts and really enjoy surprising each other with what we got. It’s not a rushed process at all, and often takes a couple of hours.
17. What is on top of your tree?
Just this year, I’ve inherited a beautiful bronze-colored Christmas angel from my parents.
18. Which do you like best giving or receiving?
I enjoy both, but I think I get more out of giving.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Carol of the Bells.
20. Do you like candy canes?
No. They are wasted on me.
21. What is your most desired Christmas wish?
To be able to enjoy the holiday season with as little stress as possible. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves over the holidays and there’s usually a lot to do to get ready for it, and a lot of events to go to. I was talking to a co-worker the other day and she said that one year her and her husband had 15 Christmas parties to attend. They had found themselves super-stresed that season and agreed from that point on to pick and choose and only go to the ones that they really were in the mood to go to. There’s a lot of pressure to “have a good time” and that can be tough to try to live up to, so I am trying to remind myself to just take the season one thing at a time and really enjoy and appreciate what I do choose to do. Now that I have my Christmas decorations up, and my apartment feels welcoming and festive and relaxing, I’m looking forward to helping Lisa decorate her place. I think it’ll be a fun evening!