Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Fun


Good Cook challenged us to all have a little fun. She joined in the fun via Mandy's blog and so it goes... So if you would like to play along, please do. Here are the instructions:

If you're reading this post, then you must:

(a) leave a comment and answer the below 25 questions that Mandy made up,

(b) write the answers to the questions below in your own blog post, if you have a blog, that is.

or (c) call yourself a scrooge in the comment below and refuse to answer them.

I hope you choose (A) or (B) but if you choose (C) then I'll just let the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future deal with you. If you do decide to write your own blog post about it, please mention Mandy since she is the author of these important questions. (Writers credit and all that jazz - thanks!)


(1) What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Love Actually! Hands down, my favorite!

(2) What is your LEAST favorite Christmas movie?
The Clamation movies, maybe.

(3) What is your favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night. It plays in my mind all during the season for some reason.

(4) What Christmas song(s) drives you crazy?
Anything sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

(5) What is your favorite Christmas drink? (i.e. egg nog, hot chocolate)
Eggnog and bourbon.

(6) What is your favorite Christmas memory?
When my children were tiny and so very excited, and the time my daughter swore she saw santa outside the window.

(7) What is the best toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
My horse - Samanthy - when I was thirteen.

(8) What is the worst toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
A coo coo clock that my brother actually wanted. ?

(9) What do you LOVE about the holidays?
The spirit of giving, in so many ways.

(10) What annoys you about the holidays?
Grumpy attitudes, and lack of Christmas spirit - oh wait, that's two. Oh well.

(11) Do you prefer star or angel on top of a Christmas tree? Or something else?
Angel.

(12) What is your family favorite recipe at Christmas?
Cream puffs. But my husband insists it's prime rib, regardless of the fact he is the only one that eats red meat.

(13) Are you a Grinch or a Who at Christmastime?
Definitely a Who.

(14) Christmas light displays - Love them or Hate them?
Love them! We used to drive around at least once during the holidays to enjoy the houses that went all out on holiday lights.

(15) Santas at the mall - Fun times or Creepy?
Hmmm well, mostly creepy I would have to say. Although I have seen some that are really good.

(16) Christmas cards - do you send them, yes or no?
Yes, and my husband always does a letter - which has become famous in our circle.

(17) What is the best thing about Christmas, in your opinion?
The reflection on what is important in our lives.

(18) What is the worst thing about Christmas?
Too many, especially children, that do not experience the magic.

(19) When do you put the tree up and take it down?
It changes every year when it goes up, but it always comes down after January 2.

(20) Out of the 12 days of Christmas, which day and item would you want your true love to give to you?
Two turtle doves - I am becoming a bird freak.

(21) Why do you think that Grandma got run over by a reindeer?
I hate that song.

(22) Who is your favorite reindeer?
Rudolph, of course. He worked the hardest to get what he wanted.

(23) Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Duh!

(24) What is your favorite smell at Christmastime?
Baking - any kind of baking.

(25) What would make you happy at Christmas this year?
I believe we choose to be happy or not, and I choose happiness. But I would like every person in the world to have a full stomach this Christmas.

So how about you? What makes you happy about the holidays?

23 comments:

Lily Robinson said...

Everyone knows Grandma had been drinking! Tells ya right thar in the song...

Brian Miller said...

1. nestor the long eared christmas donkey
2. probably something with dora
3. melikalikmaka (sp?)
4. parumbabumbum...
5. egg nog
6. my dad going out christmas morning to find my sister the biggest baby doll that he could...
7. computer, hands down...its a toy!
8. probably whatever my gramma got me each year, seriously...i know i should be grateful, but what 12 year old boy wants a pink or purple jumpsuit...
9. family
10. commercialism
11. star, those angels have some funny faces...
12. key lime pie
13. depends on whats in my stocking, lol.
14. if they are nicely done, love them...a fine line before tacky takes over...
15. eh, i like santa as long as he is sober...
16. maybe a few...
17. seeing the kids faces christmas morning...
18. all that wasted wrapping paper..
19. thanksgiving...new years...
20. number 5 for sure...
21. because of the presents she kept giving me...
22. Blitzen
23. sure nuf...
24. fire in the fire place...
25. see my boys smile...

whew..ok, there you have it...

Shrinky said...

1. The Snowman, I can watch it over and over again!

2. White Christmas (or the movie that Bing sings it in.. is it called White Christmas?) Shrug. It's a bit too cheesy for me.

3. I love ALL Christmas Carol's! (Hey, my name is Carol, and I was BORN on Christmas Day, what else can you expect me to say?)

4. "When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney" - my kids made me sing it endlessly to them when they were young, I even went to sleep still humming it.

5. Mulled wine (hic).

6. Far too intimate to share (evil giggle)!

7. My father's apology.

8. A red, plastic doll's tea-set when I was five. I fed it in the washing machine in protest, but it still survived.

9. Everything. Morning service, our family walk on the beach, the present opening, us all gathered together around the table, and most of all, a game of Charades afterwards.

10. My children spending so much time either on facebook or their phones!

11. The same angel that has graced our tree for over 20yrs.

12. There isn't one, we love to experiment every year. Any great recipe doesn't require a special occassion to be used, anyway, we are committed "foodies" forever (blush).

13. I'm no Grinch, but what's a Who??

14. Are you kidding? You can see our house from the moon in December.

15. Fun, fun, fun!! Such a shame my teenagers refuse to go there now..

16. Are there really people who don't send Christmas cards out there?

17. My birthday!!!! (Oops, that wasn't the right answer, was it?)

18. My birthday!!! (So old, old, old..)

19. It would go up in November if my son had his way. We take it down on Epiphany (6th Jan).

20. Oh, give me the five gold rings anyday, it'll come in handy to pawn whaen the kids are set to go to University..

21. She did? OMG. I always wondered why I never knew her (I'm upset now).. why wasn't I told this before?

22. Yeah, well Prancer could've been something if he hadn't have been up-staged by that Rudolph there, the big girls blouse, whining and moaning that everyone was picking on him, and so on. That's only his side of the story, no one seemed bothered to ask any of the other deer what their side of the events were, did they? Truth was, He was nothing but an exhibitionist from day one..

Nancy said...

Lily - I can tell you like that song more than I do :-)

Brian - Loved your answer to #13& #21! LOL!

Shrinky - Your creativity and view of life never fails to entertain me, especially your answer to #6! LOL!

GooseBreeder said...

Oh Nancy!I'll have to be the Scrooge! I adore Christmas, all the carols and songs, all the movies, all the giving and goodwill.I never had a 'bad present'and it's all positive for me, except the lights.Pretty and lovely for kids but I just couldn't justify all that power use these days; no wonder Copenhagen is all going to end up with us being convinced by our Governments we need Nuclear Power Stations all over the world!
Sorry to be a squelch, not atually I'm not sorry, I think there's other great ways to celebrate and everyone should wake up and get real.Cool Yule to you all!

Emom said...

Thank you Nancy! Saved my brain power today...answers at my place...smiles.

Natalie said...

1. Love Actually also.

2. Bad Santa

3. I love ALL of them

4. Wiggly,Wiggly Christmas

5. Apple Cider

6. a Christmas spent in Sydney when I was 17.

7. a record player when i was 11.

8. my sister -in -law gave a pair of earrings that were a free giveaway from 'Woman's Day' magazine.GRRRRR

9. spending time with hubby and no work deadlines

10. my ex husband taking my kids on Christmas Day (i know I have to share, but I don't really like it)

11. Definitely an Angel...always has been, always will be.

12. Christmas pudding with brandy custard

13. Pass

14. Kids love them, but I worry about the power usage too.

15. creepy and commercialised

16. Homemade ones this year

17. catching up with loved ones

18. it can send people over the edge - emergency rooms are full

19. usually Dec 1st until Jan 1st or 2nd.

20. five gold rings! One for each child. :D

21. Because she didn't cross properly at Reindeer Crossing?

22. All of them are cute

23. I believe in Saint
Nick,(patron saint of children) and called my son after him.

24. The smell of home-made Christmas cake in the oven

25. For it to all go away! Too much on my plate this year. :D

CrazyCris said...

I've already seen this list of quesitons before and bookmarked it to get back to them when I'd have time!

so I'm going to be a Grinch... but just for a little while, cause I don't have any time right now! ;o)

otin said...

1.Die Hard or Sleepless in Seattle
2. A Christmas Story
3Merry Xmas(War is Over) Lennon
4.Little Drummer boy
5.Birch Beer
6.Dad reading me the night before Christmas
7.A ten speed
8.anything that I wear!
9.Time off
10.Traffic
11.no preference
12.Don't really have one
13.Grinch
14.love the lights!
15.nowadays, creepy
16.we send cards
17.need to think on this one?
18.obligatory buying
19.up anytime after thanksgiving, down as soon as xmas ends.
20.(I quit) LOL!!!!

Sophia said...

(1) What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas and Love Actually.

(2) What is your LEAST favorite Christmas movie?
A Chrsitmas Story

(3) What is your favorite Christmas song?
Believe by Josh Groban

(4) What Christmas song(s) drives you crazy?
Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer

(5) What is your favorite Christmas drink? (i.e. egg nog, hot chocolate)
Hot chocolate w/a splash of cinnamon and lots of whipped cream.


(6) What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Times spent with my grandmother


(7) What is the best toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
A doll bed my grandfather carved for me when I was a little girl.

(8) What is the worst toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
Hand soaps/shampoo from a hotel


(9) What do you LOVE about the holidays?
The opportunity to give more of myself to others. I am giver. I love to bless others. It fills me with joy.

(10) What annoys you about the holidays?
People pushing others to get to that special purchases - lack of Christmas spirit.

(11) Do you prefer star or angel on top of a Christmas tree? Or something else?
Star - always been a star topper person. Dunno why.

(12) What is your family favorite recipe at Christmas?
Homemade snickerdoodles and sugar cookies.


(13) Are you a Grinch or a Who at Christmastime?
A Who.

(14) Christmas light displays - Love them or Hate them?
I don't mind them as long as they are not out of control. However, I only use white lights and garland on my porch.

(15) Santas at the mall - Fun times or Creepy?
Honestly, I don't recall ever seeing Santa at the mall! =O

(16) Christmas cards - do you send them, yes or no?
Up until last year, cards. This year, I have no one to give them to with my life change. I'm really struggling this year with the holidays. But trying.


(17) What is the best thing about Christmas, in your opinion?
Reflection on life; appreciating that I am alive, despite things around me.

(18) What is the worst thing about Christmas?
Those who do not believe in Christmas.


(19) When do you put the tree up and take it down?
Tradition is to put it up Thanksgiving evening, but I missed it by one day this year. I take it down whenever I feel in the mood to! ;)


(20) Out of the 12 days of Christmas, which day and item would you want your true love to give to you?
Two turtle doves

(21) Why do you think that Grandma got run over by a reindeer?
I hate that song. DITTO!

(22) Who is your favorite reindeer?
Rudolph - because of his determination to BE.

(23) Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Yes!


(24) What is your favorite smell at Christmastime?
Fresh baked cookies and apple/cinnamon

(25) What would make you happy at Christmas this year?
To have true love and keep it in my life forever...

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, dear Nancy...I'll have to come back later...I'm on the fly today...but I loved, loved, loved reading your wonderful answers!!! And yes, you are definitely a Who from Whoville...you spread so much love and joy all year round!!! ~Janine XO

Sylvia said...

Uh, I feel like a child flunking in school. So many questions! :)
1) Exactly the Scrooge movie,I don't remember the name, where Kate Winslet sings. It always makes me cry.
2) Grinch.
3) "No Natal pela manha, ouvem-se os sinos tocar e ha uma grande alegria no ar!"
4)"All I want for Christmas is youuuu..."
5)Porto.
6)Celebrating with my whole family (I have a huge one, far away!)
7)Books. My favourite gift ever were books. All kinds of books.
8)Again, I don't remember.
9) When people start effectively thinking of the other ones.
10) I agree with you. Grumpy attitudes. And working in Christmas eve, instead of cooking for the family.
11)A star.
12)Bolo Rei. Oh, I miss it!
13)Sincerely I don't know.
14)I love it. Makes Winter look so beautiful!
15)I love the when the characterization is well done!
16)Oh yes. I love sending them to the good friends.
17)Jesus, no doubt. The children.
18) The commercial side of it. I know how it works from the inside.
19)I put it up at the beginning of Dec ember and take it after the Reis Magos.
20) 13th of December, anything he gives me is special.
21)I love my Granny. I wouldn't like it at all!
22)Rudolph. He is so sweet!
23)Yes, I do!
24)A traditional Portuguese... Fritos. Filhoses, Sonhos...
25)Go home (Portugal). Be with my children, with my husband... Just that. It would be the best Christmas ever!

GYPSYWOMAN said...

greeting, dear nancy - just a quick note to say hello and to let you know, as my little campfires in blogland bear witness, the past week or so has found me distracted and sidetracked with the ups and downs of familial and other issues which have taken me from my usual time and energies on my own blogs and those of dear friends such as you - also i'm working on a couple of large art pieces with imminent deadlines - so please forgive my seemingly "irreverent" attention here and know that my lack of postings and comments in no way reflects anything except that which it is - peripheral things to which i must attend for a couple of weeks - but i'll be back and forth as i can so please check over at my places at your leisure, as i, of course, will yours! and, as always, i'll be thinking of you and yours with much affection - jenean

smiles4u said...

I love your answers and I would love to play along and maybe still will if I'm able to but right now, dealing with sick children. XX

Meeko Fabulous said...

Good ones! Please come over and check out my post, I'm playing along. :)

Rain said...

LOL @ creepy mall santas, I'm reminded of Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd, lol!

The Good Cook said...

Nancy - great answers - yours and your readers!! I love reading about other people's likes, dislikes and traditions.. Thanks for Playing!!

Nancy said...

Thanks everyone!

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

How cute! I had a blast reading yous answers and the responders answers.

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Bogey said...

Definitely will join in the fun Nancy but will post it on my blog just to save you some space. Cheers!

Reya Mellicker said...

Since I'm Jewish, I think that means I don't have to answer the questions but also don't have to call myself Scrooge. Yes?

Hilary said...

Fine! I'll be the Scrooge. But I enjoyed reading your answers anyway. :)