Welcome to the Christmas Q & A. File this under: "Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You ..." which, if I'm not mistaken, comes from a musical. (Wince!) Anyway.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapped gifts are nostalgic and beautiful. I miss seeing people unwrap boxes with anticipation, so I try to use those when I can. With gift bags, sometimes people look like they're rooting around scrounging for French fries in the bottom of the bag--quite unseemly. I always try not to be unseemly when I'm gingerly extracting a gift bag item.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Doesn't matter, as long as neither is ugly-skimpy. And I'm missing the aluminum trees with the color wheels. (Just hand me some bifocals and an crocheted afghan right now and get it over with.)
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually I restrain myself until right after Thanksgiving, but I'm always threatening (no one in particular) in my mind that someday, when I'm older, instead of wearing purple (because I already do) I'm going to put up my tree whenever I feel like it. And I might feel like it in October.
4. Favorite gift received as a child? Baby dolls and stroller, later, Osmond albums.
5. Hardest person to buy for? Everyone. Because the older your kids get, the more particular they become. When they're little, they love everything. Suddenly, they get "teen" tacked onto their chronological age, and a package of sparkly hair scrunchies loses its charm, as does a jigsaw of farm animals. Sigh.
6. Easiest person to buy for? Me! And that's why it's such a joy to buy things for me!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? No. But I do know what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? An eight track tape of America ("Been Through the Desert on a Horse With No Name" America, that is.)
9. Favorite Christmas Movie? "It's a Wonderful Life," followed closely behind by Prancer and all of the others. Plus, I really love the short story/book "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." The movie with Mama Walton did not do the book justice.
10. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Probably fudge. Or the other health foods so prevalent at this time of year.
11. Lights on the tree? Yes. I like white; everyone else in the fam wants colors. "Someday, when I am old, I shall have purple lights on my October tree."
12. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Sure!
13. Favorite ornament theme or color? Miscellaneous! Ones my kids made, ones for a pink tree I once loved, ones for a bronze tree that goes with the autumnal colors in my family room, but if I could do one this year, I'd do a black and white on a white tree for my dining area. Sounds weird, but have you seen those at Hobby Lobby (aka "Heaven") ?
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This is my brother and me in 1965. He's 8 years older than I am. Now, see, just look at those beautiful presents in BOXES!
One of my favorite things to do for entertainment during the Christmas season when I was this age was lie on the floor and watch the color wheel rotate its magical mystical spell over our aluminum tree and white ceiling.
I also liked to lie under our coffee table for some reason. ? Anyway, I miss the Christmases of yesteryear. Perhaps I should lie on a towel on the hardwood floor this year and spin on my back looking at our puny blinking lights.
Some childhood experiences just can't be re-created.