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1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Definitely gift wrap. It's so much fun to take off, and looks much better. But usually when I give gifts I give 'em in bags because I always forget I need to wrap them. Hehe.

2. Real tree or artificial? I like the idea of a real tree, and we had a few of them when I was a kid, but I kinda think they're more work than they're worth, especially since a pre-lit fake tree means I don't have to mess with the stupid lights.

3. When do you put up the tree? My family always put ours up the day after Thanksgiving, but Isaac and I are usually slackers and put it up sometime in early December. This year we'll probably put it up this Saturday afternoon.

4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime after New Year's.

5. Do you like eggnog? I haven't had any since I was a kid, but I liked it okay then.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmm. Nothing stands way out right now, but there was one Christmas that a church or some other organization gave us a ton of presents because we were missionaries. That was an awesome Christmas.

7. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A holiday nail care kit, LOL. This was back when I was a huge tomboy so I was like, "What the?!" And even now I'm still not sure what all those things were for!

8. Hardest person to buy for? Dad.

9. Easiest person to buy for? Me. Er, I mean, Isaac.

10. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. It was given to me by one of my favorite coworkers at SnS before Isaac and I got married.

11. When do you start shopping? Whenever I see a good deal on something someone will like, no matter when it is.

12. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Multiple times. I actually see no problem with it unless something was specifically chosen or made for you. I've only regifted generic presents, like the default "I have no idea what to get her" present for a girl: a set of nice-smelling body stuff. LOL.

13. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Peppermint bark! Candy canes! Pie! Turkey! Everything!

14. Lights on the tree? Why would you have a Christmas tree without lights on it?

15. Favorite Christmas song? Hmm... there are several. "What Child is This?" for singing, Bebo Norman's "Come and Worship", Relient K's "I Celebrate the Day", "Mary, Did You Know" by... anyone, and for sheer listening pleasure, there's Hanson's "Christmas Time". And many more.

16. Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Vacation!

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I like both.

18. Do you always want a white Christmas? They're definitely pretty, but I am far happier here in Florida not freezing my butt off. I figure if warmth and palm trees were good enough for Jesus, they're good enough for me. ;o) But I don't blame people for thinking it's not Christmas without snow (even though most of the world never/rarely has snow for Christmas) because it's been drilled into our heads for decades now that that's the ideal.

19. Angel or star on top of the tree?
I prefer stars, but angels are pretty too.

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, definitely, although I'm cool with opening one the night before.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? In general, commercialism and greed. Specifically, this year, those Gap chanting commercials are driving me up the wall.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color? I don't like tree themes. They look pretty but they usually have no sentimental value. My ornaments are every color in the rainbow and more, and they nearly all have meaning beyond just a decoration.

23. Favorite food at Christmas dinner?
I can't choose!

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? $25,000 to bring my baby/ies home without draining our savings. On a smaller scale, I'd love some slippers that cover my ankles, a 50mm f/1.8 lens for my Canon XSi, and gift cards for stores or restaurants so we can still shop and eat out while saving money.

25. What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Getting an ornament each year. It's always so fun to see which one I get this year. I'm still bummed that my mom stopped getting me one when I got married, and it's been 6 years now!

2009-12-04 13:04 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] plucky-pevensie.livejournal.com
Hmm, this looks vaguely familiar. ;o) LOL on your answer to number 9. I can sympathize.

I try to get an ornament every year, too. My sisters and I have been collecting the Holiday Barbie ones since the 80s. Except last year, Barbie got a little scandalous in the dress department (I kid you not, the slit down the front reminded me of the infamous J. Lo Grammy dress from forever ago), and so we bought the "Barbie in a Christmas Carol" one in the red velvet dress instead. I have a coupon for Hallmark that is burning a hole in my pocket, so I'm going to get the "Mr. Ray" one from "Finding Nemo." It is such a cute ornament. And then the other one I want to get is the animated "Swedish Chef" one. :o)

2009-12-04 13:52 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] arien-o-lindele.livejournal.com
I remember seeing that Barbie last year! Perhaps I shouldn't have been, but I was thoroughly shocked. What is this world coming to?

2009-12-04 16:29 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] plucky-pevensie.livejournal.com
That was exactly my reaction! I looked at the ornament several times to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me, but sure enough, that was a slit down to her toes and that was skin showing through. I do not know what the people at Mattel were thinking. And apparently, she wears that dress in the animated movie, which I have yet to see.

2009-12-04 18:24 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com
Wait, what? The slit went from top to bottom?

2009-12-04 21:25 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] plucky-pevensie.livejournal.com
Lol, well, I was exaggerating just a bit to make my point. ;o) Here are two pics: http://www16.plala.or.jp/christmas1956/11ch-othe02/2008-barbie-christmas.jpg

http://iwatchfilm.com/content/default/english/images/movies/378055_3.jpg

2009-12-04 21:50 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com
Oh my. :O Can't say I blame you.

2009-12-12 00:30 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com
That's hilarious (and sad) about slutty Barbie.

A Swedish Chef ornament would be awesome! Isaac has one with Snoopy. =o)

2009-12-04 13:49 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] arien-o-lindele.livejournal.com
I'm planning to make getting an ornament every year a tradition, too! Last year my friend Sarah B. gave us an ornament to commemorate Stephen's and my first Christmas as newlyweds and I absolutely loved it, for itself as well as for the sentiment. This year I want to get one that has something to do with a baby, but I had mentioned it to my mom and am not sure if I should buy one now or see if she is buying one, hehe. Maybe one of us can get one for Steve and me to keep and the other can get a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament that he can take with him when he leaves home. ;)

2009-12-12 00:31 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com
Sounds like a great plan! We'll get a baby one next year. =oD

2009-12-04 13:56 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] okp.livejournal.com
I don't like theme trees, either. I love having all of the random sentimental ornaments that make me think of when I bought it or the person who gave it to me.

Although I have such a collection of peacock ornaments now that I will probably at some point just have a tree for them. I still haven't found this year's ornament.

Do you like colored or white lights on the tree? I assume that's what the question was asking? I prefer white lights, myself. And I like having the tree as the only lights on in the living room, sitting in the dark, and just enjoying how pretty it is.

2009-12-12 00:33 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com
Totally.

You should do two trees! That would be really cool. A peacock-themed one would be lovely. I haven't found Isaac's ornament yet either.

THat would make sense. Hehe. I like colored lights far better, but white lights are very elegant. Really, as long as there're Christmas lights, that's all that matters. And I love to have the tree be the only light too. =oD

2009-12-04 18:23 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] bluiidmommy.livejournal.com
I think the Gap ads are cute!

2009-12-12 00:33 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com
I think the kids ones are cute, but there's just something about adults saying they don't want technology, they want plaid, because it's "warm and cuddly" that annoy me. Well, that and the chanting.

2009-12-05 04:16 (UTC)
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- Posted by [identity profile] autumnjoy.livejournal.com
I do know what you mean, but I think real trees are definitely worth the trouble! I love how they make the house smell; no candle or spray ever gets it completely right. And the never-quite-right shape of real trees is oddly appealing. :)
Edited 2009-12-05 04:17 (UTC)

2009-12-12 00:37 (UTC)
- Posted by [identity profile] kimana83.livejournal.com
Real trees are lovely, but just not worth it to me. *shrug*

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