Christmas Meme Time!

I wasn’t technically tagged, but I think Laura opened this meme up as a free-for-all on her site. So ha!

1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Wrapping, though I suck at it. One of my cats (Gordo) has this thing for tissue paper and if he hears it crinkle somewhere in the house he goes absolutely apeshit and will TEAR YOUR FACE OFF if you’re trying to keep him from eating it. So, no gift bags.

2. Real or artificial tree?
Well, I haven’t been able to have a tree since Gordo is a fucking looney and tried to climb and kill the ornaments of the one I put up when he was younger. But I’d like to try again in the next year or so. I’d love to get a real tree, but I have a feeling we might have to go with a fake.

3. When do you put up the tree?
If I had one, I’d put it up the Friday after Thanksgiving. Unless it was a real one. Then I’d wait until about two weeks before Christmas because my dad made me paranoid about the lights catching on fire in a dry tree and burning the whole house down.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Again, if I had one, I’d take it down a day or two after Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Hell no. That shit is gross.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My Nintendo Entertainment System!!!!

7. Do you have a Nativity scene?
No, I don’t really associate Christmas with Jesus. Heathen, I know, but come on. It’s all about the presents and the spending time with family and friends. Jesus left the building a long time ago.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I would never talk bad about a gift someone gave me. I’m happy just to receive a gift.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail, though I’ve severely slacked on them this year.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?
Charlie Brown Christmas and The Snowman

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Despite my best intentions, I usually end up starting two weeks before Christmas and continuing the mad rush until Christmas Eve.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Clementines!!!!

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Colored on inside trees, white lights if it’s outside.

14. Favorite Christmas song?
Carol of the Bells and/or Greensleeves

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I usually stay home for the holiday itself (well, go to Ian’s mom’s house across town)

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen? And Rudolph? Is that right? I’m not googling it and cheating. You tell me.

17. Angel on tree top or star?
Hmm, neither. I would try to come up with something unique instead.

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
When I was a kid, we would celebrate with my mom’s side of the family Christmas Eve, but when we got back home we’d get to open one from under the tree. Then we’d open the rest of our presents–and those from Santa–Christmas Day. Now, Ian and I usually open ours Christmas Eve (if we can even wait that long), and then go celebrate with his mom Christmas Day and open more!

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The people who try to act like Christmas is the only holiday this time of year (thanks for wishing me Merry Christmas, but how do you know I celebrate it?), or people who think that you can’t enjoy the holiday with family and friends (and presents!) if you’re not Christian. I am not Christian, but I still love Christmastime. I don’t associate Jesus with Christmas at all. It’s a time of warmth and love for me, and has nothing to do with shoving religion in other people’s faces.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color?
Ew. Lame.

21. What do you leave for Santa?
A note that says “Steal my shit you’re dead, fat man.” I mean, come on. A fat dude breaking in my house to leave me shit? We have seven Macs, four iPods, a nice TV and lots of booze. You’re telling me he’s not going to be tempted to lift something?

22. Least favorite holiday song?
Mele Kilikimaka – omg I’m leaving Laura’s answer. This song BLOWS.

23. Favorite ornament?
My mom still has all my ornaments from when I was a kid, and I don’t think I’ll ever ask for them until I know my cats won’t ruin them. I haven’t seen them in a while so I can’t remember all of them, but I do know that my favorite when I was little was this little nest with two doves in it. Also, I had a Kermit the Frog on a sleigh that I loved. Damn, now I want to get my mom to take pictures of all the ornaments for me.

The Graduate

Well, he did it. After two years, Ian now holds a master’s of professional science (major in biostatistics).

MTSU has gotten smarter about how they handle their graduation ceremonies, and this time they had split the December graduations into two–one at 9 a.m. (which Ian was in) and then another at 1 p.m. So Ian’s ceremony only lasted about two hours. His mom, mom’s boyfriend, sister and sister’s boyfriend came, too, so we hollered like lunatics as he walked across the stage.

And he acts like it’s no big deal, but he should be proud. I watched him slave over homework and pull at least one all-nighter. He’s the smartest guy I know, and he deserves great things.

Now he’s just got to find a job! :)

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