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Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends! Especially to Cathy at Antsy Pants. I am currently blaming her for the snow I am getting in my neck of the woods. I honestly believe that if she hadn’t been wishing for snow I wouldn’t have to shovel my driveway this evening.
And even though I am blaming Cathy for the snow, I can’t lie and say I completely hate the snow. When I woke this morning and saw the ground covered, I actually did a little happy dance in the upstairs hallway. And then I lost my balance and slid down a few stairs. I can only blame myself for that one. I have been a klutz my whole life, I should have learned by now that doing any kind of dance at the top of the stairs is a bad idea.
Now that I am at work though, the snow doesn’t make me happy. I know it’s going to take me twice as long to get home tonight and then I have at least two hours of cardio in front of me while I shovel my driveway. But always in the Christmas spirit, I am listening to some Christmas tunes and singing at my desk. Maybe tonight Leland and I will go for a walk in the snow, holding hands to help keep each other warm. How sweet would that be?
This survey has been going around some blogs I read and I thought this would be the perfect time to pass along a Christmas survey. Created by Mandy at Mandy’s Life After 30. Here are her rules:
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!)
Okay, here goes.
(1) What is your favorite Christmas movie?
I love Elf. I watch it as many times during the holiday season as Leland will let me get away with. It usually ends up being once a week.
(2) What is your LEAST favorite Christmas movie?
White Christmas, all the singing and dancing really annoys me and the story line drives me nuts. If people just talked to each other there wouldn’t be all the confusion!
(3) What is your favorite Christmas song?
Let it Snow. And anything sung by Harry Connick Jr. Love him.
(4) What Christmas song(s) drives you crazy?
I’ll be Home for Christmas. It’s depressing. “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams?” Please, I have no room for sadness in my life around the holidays.
(5) What is your favorite Christmas drink? (i.e. egg nog, hot chocolate)
Lots of rum with a shot of egg nog!
(6) What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Waking up Christmas morning when I was a child. I would always try and get up some time during the night and peak at my stocking. But then in the morning when all of the gifts were magically under the tree, sitting around in PJs waiting for mom to make breakfast so we could open gifts, it was just so magical.
(7) What is the best toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
The original Nintendo. My sisters and I were so pumped. I also loved my bean bag chair, and my weaving loom (though I hated it when I first opened it, I came to love it later.)
(8) What is the worst toy/gift you've received on Christmas?
My grandma always gave my sisters and I these god awful sweaters. They were usually pink with little bunnies on them. They stayed in my bottom drawer until I knew they wouldn’t fit any more and then went directly in the garbage. I wasn’t going to put my ugly sweater in the goodwill bag. Trust me, no one would want to wear these sweaters.
(9) What do you LOVE about the holidays?
(10) What annoys you about the holidays?
Parking lots. During the holidays I have serious parking lot rage. I do my best to stay as far away from them as I can. And if I can’t, I always park as far back as possible. Even the biggest Who can lose control and end up ramming the car into a pedestrian that stopped in the middle of a lane to talk to someone, blocking the flow of traffic.
(11) Do you prefer star or angel on top of a Christmas tree? Or something else?
I have an angel on the top of my tree, but I like either one.
(12) What is your family favorite recipe at Christmas?
(13) Are you a Grinch or a Who at Christmastime?
I am a Who all the way. I have no idea how many times I say “Christmas is a magical time,” all year round. Some people actually find me annoying because I am so wound up and overflowing with Christmas spirit.
(14) Christmas light displays - Love them or Hate them?
Love them. Leland and I drive around every year looking for the biggest, gaudiest, loudest display. We drink hot chocolate and listen to Christmas music, and then make fun of the people who have no taste.
(15) Santas at the mall - Fun times or Creepy?
It depends. I think it’s magical looking at all the kids standing in line, with looks of hope and excitement. However, if the Santa was like Bad Santa, I would take my child and run.
(16) Christmas cards - do you send them, yes or no?
I usually don’t, but I actually have them all signed and ready to be mailed this year. I usually forgo Christmas cards for Valentine’s Day cards but I guess I am doing both this time around.
(17) What is the best thing about Christmas, in your opinion?
The holiday spirit, time with family, snuggling up in front of the fire, decorating the house, making cookies, listening to Christmas music, ordering things online and then getting excited when they get delivered, finding the perfect gift for everyone…I can go on and on.
(18) What is the worst thing about Christmas?
Scrooges. I’m still trying to convert Leland from a Grinch to a Who. It’s a slow process.
(19) When do you put the tree up and take it down?
We always put it up Thanksgiving weekend and it comes down sometime after Christmas. Sometimes it’s the day after, sometimes it’s the following week.
(20) Out of the 12 days of Christmas, which day and item would you want your true love to give to you?
Not a partridge in a pear tree because birds sort of freak me out. So that leaves out French hens, calling birds, turtle doves, and the geese. I think I’ll go with the golden rings, because then I can turn my gold into cash!
(21) Why do you think that Grandma got run over by a reindeer?
Because he was mad at her for getting him an ugly sweater for Christmas.
(22) Who is your favorite reindeer?
(23) Do you believe in Santa Claus?
I believe in the magic of Christmas. Christmas is a magical time!
(24) What is your favorite smell at Christmastime?
Real Christmas trees and cookies baking in the oven.
(25) What would make you happy at Christmas this year?
A drama free day. Or two. I would also be happy if I managed to not gain any holiday weight.
Off Christmas topic...
Five years ago Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage during a concert. For those of you who don't know, Dime was the guitar player in Pantera, Damageplan, and Rebel Meets Rebel. He is considered the most influential guitar player in heavy metal music. He was Leland's greatest influence and a whisky drinker. Tonight we will be doing shots in his name. If you are interested in learning more about Dime, click here.