Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Survey

The kids assembled and decorated their gingerbread houses yesterday. This is one of their favorite things to do. Some years I bake the pieces, and other years we buy kits. These are from kits that came with a ton of candy.

This Christmas survey has been doing the rounds, so I thought I'd give it a go.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog the way my FIL makes it -- in a blender with rum and freshly grated nutmeg on top!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa presents unwrapped go into stockings (or under or near); presents from each other go wrapped under the tree.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? house: coloured. Tree: white only

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No way (I had a slobbery, kissy uncle when I was growing up. No damn way.)

5. When do you put your decorations up? Our cul-de-sac does tons of outside lights that need to be up by Dec. 1, but inside the house...somewhere around Dec. 15.

6.What is your favorite holiday dish? Christmas brunch: egg rouladen with bacon, onion, mushrooms and decadent sauce.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: seeing my dad kiss my mom

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? My older sister told me when I was seven. Then she showed me all my gifts hidden in my parents' closet.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? The kids do (usually pajamas)

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? White lights, and an eclectic variety of ornaments, including one I've had since I was three.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love it if I don't have to go anywhere.

12. Can you ice skate? All prairie girls can!

13.Do you remember your favorite gift? A plush ride-on horse the year I was three

14.What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Keeping things simple so as not to lose sight of the original meaning.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Shortbread

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I like decorating the tree, and doing the stockings

17.What tops your tree? A star

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I like both, but I find giving easier.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Barenaked Ladies version)

20. Candy Canes? They look good on the tree.


CatBookMom said...

Ooohh, shortbread! That is SO rich and so incredibly yummy! I've noticed that some of the coffee places now have small containers or packages of the red-plaid brand (whatzit??).

Tell the kids that the gingerbread houses are stellar!

jayne said...

Is the red plaid brand "Walkers"? Starbucks tends to get Walker shortbread, and it is very good for a commercial one. I make good shortbread, but not doing it this year. Maybe later in the winter for just because.

I will tell the kids, thank you! :)

Lisa W. said...

haha, love the gingerbread houses...DD & grandma clara will be working on theirs tonite/tomorrow once DDs finals are over. sorry you had such a pissy awful day. tomorrow will be better right! om...om...

Karin said...

8. When did you learn the truth about Santa? When I read Jayne's blog! I love shortbread, of the Welsh variety. My Gran's recipe is whipped and then just dropped from a teaspoon. Tiny, and sprinkled with some coloured sugar - guilt free, almost :). I too, am not baking however - the Pillsbury dough boy is saving my behind this year.