For the first time in a couple of months, I can see my way past the pile of projects I've promised to deliver to clients. I worked all weekend, and now, having warned everyone I'm headed off to Macworld, have stopped committing to completing anything else before the trip.
Todd, over at Life 2.0, is also a bit behind schedule. But, like him, I found this just too much fun to pass up:
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Eggnog, very cold, mixed half and half with cold milk (to cut the sweetness). And I like the whole thing chilled in the freezer for half an hour. Lots of fresh-grated nutmeg on top.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wrapped. Wrapping is what it's all about.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White. Unblinking. I still have an extra-long string that works perfectly for a 6-foot tree.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No. I confuse it with holly, anyway.
5. When do you put your decorations up?
7-10 days before Christmas. I once had a tree dry out on me, and now I'm paranoid.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Scalloped potatoes (no onions, no cheese, just lots of cream and butter) with a really great Smithfield ham. My Aunt Arv's Swedish meatballs are a close second.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Er...the year my dad gave my mom the two scrub brushes he'd spray-painted silver. Long story. Also: Caroling with my high school friends in a long green velveteen coat my mom had made for me.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I figured it out. No one who looked like that could possibly fit down our chimney.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes. That was the tradition in my dad's family.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Lights, tinsel garlands, then one-of-a-kind ornaments. Most of my ornaments are unbreakable, due to the cats. I have a lot of natural looking animals, but am now interested in glittery, beaded decorations.
11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
I love snow, right up to the point that it turns into ice. Then, I hate it.
12. Can you ice skate?
Yes. But it gives my feet cramps.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Not really. I think my favorite gifts have been associated with travel or visits, not with holidays or special occasions.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
It's a time to get in touch with friends and relatives who live far away, and to look back on the year and put events in perspective. I also like having days when I don't work, drive, run errands -- you get the idea. A walk around the neighborhood on Christmas day is wonderful.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
My mom's spritz cookies. This year she absolutely out-did herself.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Singing "Lyssna," a Swedish carol my grandfather's church choir recorded. I found the 78 tucked away in cover for The Messiah in my Dad's LP collection, and had it made into MP3s for my cousins this year!
17. What tops your tree?
Some years, the traditional pointed ornament. If it doesn't fit, I put a Mexican tin mermaid atop the tree.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both! I love picking out, wrapping, and delivering presents. Getting them can be a bit weird, but every year there's one item I just love.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
"Good King Wenceslas."
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
Purely for decoration.
21. What do you want for Christmas?
Peace on earth, of course!