The Lady of Portland House made me smile with this little Q&A (I refuse to call it a meme, I don’t even know what that is really!), so I’ve done it for myself. So while I furiously sew on my 1840s Dickens Fair Wear, and snap photos for soon-to-be updates, read this…

1. Eggnog
or hot chocolate? ZOMG, BOTH. Even mix them together. I’m an addict of both

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? sometimes he wraps them, but most of the time he sets them under the tree in appealing ways.

3. Colored lights on the tree/house or white? white lights. someday, when I’m feeling retro-vintagey, I might do coloured lights, but there’s something so classic and appealing about white lights and white snow. I’m always going more for classic than kitsch.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? naw. If it’s there, though, I’m aware of it…and depending on who else is there, I’ll either avoid the doorway like the plague or plant myself under it for the duration, hahaha.

5. When do you put your Christmas decorations up? it never happens right after Thanksgiving…I guess sometime around December 10th to the 15th ish? This year I’m getting my very first my-own Christmas tree, and that is happening on the 15th.

6. Favorite holiday dish? sausages wrapped in puff pastry. We eat them for breakfast on Christmas morning, with delicious gourmet mustard. Oh geez, what am I going to do this year without sausage rolls!? /ring ring…Mom, I need that recipe…

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? this is tough. Hrm, I think it’s running around outside, with my brother, trying to make ourselves “tired” so we could go to sleep earlier. Never worked. Not once. As an adult, it’s sitting in the living room just looking at the tree, with classical christmas music drifting off in the background.

8. When did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t remember. Maybe it’s the year (whenever this was) that my mother proclaimed we weren’t doing stockings. What do you mean WE? Doesn’t SANTA do the stockings? and won’t he be kindof jolly-pissed that we didn’t hang them up? …waaaaaait a second….

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No. Some of my friends did this when I was a kid, and we tried like crazy to convince our parents that this was a viable Christmas holiday tradition, but it never took. Must wait until The Morning.

10. How do you decorate a tree? Every year since being born, my brother and I have received ornaments – he gets soldiers, and I get angels – to hang on the tree for that year. So far he’s got, what, at least 30 of them, and I’ve got over 26 (sometimes I’ll get two per year, one from mom, one from grandmama). So the family tree always looks the same – angels, soldiers, white lights, filler globes/balls. The idea with the angels is that when I get married, and have a tree of my own, I will receive all the angels and have ornaments to put on the tree. This, understandably, will leave my parent’s tree very bald, so some years ago I started getting ornaments for my mother – usually really classic, traditional glass ones.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? LOVE it. Hate rain. LOVE snow.

12. Can you ice skate? Yep. When I was little I took ice skating lessons for my childhood dream of being Kristie Yamaguchi. That dream didn’t last long, and I stopped skating, but I can still get around backwards and forwards.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Hrm…does a “most useful, still use it” gift count? I don’t want to say – it was brown, black, and goes BOOM.

14. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you? That warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you’ve done something lovely for someone else. I’m not religious, so I’ve never gone to church on Christmas – not that I don’t know the stories and appreciate them.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Pumpkin pie, duh.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I’m not sure we have or had traditions. It’s pretty basic – decorate tree, shop like mad, wrap like crazy, open, eat, sleep. Hrm…

17. What tops your tree? That’s a mystery I’m going to have to solve this year…

18. Which do you prefer-Giving or Receiving? Giving of course!

19. Favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells, and Masters in the Hall (by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and Bing’s White Christmas

20. Candy Canes-Yuck or Yum? eh. not a huge fan.

21. Favorite Christmas show? We watch “Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation” EVERY year. Sometimes we watch “The Santa Clause” too.

22. Saddest Christmas song? “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland.

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One Comment

  • Marquise

    December 15, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Lil' Duchie's mom would like to make it very clear that stockings went up every year until both children in the house were out of the house and pretty much on their own. This year there are NO STOCKINGS! I mean it this time!

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