Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Questions of Christmas

Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee has given us a Random Dozen of Christmas questions this time. I'm guessing these will get people blogging! Join us if you'd like by clicking on Linda's name and following the instructions at her site.

1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss. FOR the eating kind, cut into shapes and decorated. Not so much for the building a completely inedible house that attracts bugs and rodents kind. I've always wondered about people who make huge ones as 'fundraisers'. Sorry, but that's a lottery I'm NOT buying a ticket for.

2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family? As a military family that was a luxury we never had. Now that we're no longer moving, um... let's just say the reality doesn't live up to the fantasy.

3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed? The Bumble (Abominable Snowman)

4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life? It's a Wonderful Life

5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you're enjoying now? Any that you're tired of? I love the Messiah -- and lately "A Trumpet Shall Sound" has been my favorite part. I just love the high brass in this. Tired of? "I'll be home for Christmas". They use it as a promo for messages from servicemen overseas and while I appreciate the messages and the thought (especially having spent MANY Christmases away from loved ones), I'm very tired of hearing just that snippet.

6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime? Donating to Angel Tree.

7. Does it upset you to see "Xmas" instead of Christmas? How about "Happy Holidays" etc., instead of "Merry Christmas?" Xmas only bothers me when people I know who are anti-Christianity use it (and I know they do it for that very reason). Happy Holidays bothers me because it's so politically correct. I just answer "Merry Christmas".

8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month? Two, both are already finished. Yay! Unless you count Christmas Eve candlelight service. Then it's three.

9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality? Yes and yes.
10. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice. One year I received a microscope. Man, I loved that thing. To me it meant my parents were taking me seriously. I can't find the photo right now. Rats. I know it is here somewhere.

11. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month? My husband's office party is on a Monday none.

12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas? See this.


SusanD said...

Enjoyed reading your answers. Great answer to #2....had to laugh. The Bumble? Really? Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Greg C said...

These were such great answers. I am with you on #1. I almost said the Bumble on #3. I forgot about the candle light ceremony so that makes three for me too.

Susanne said...

I love candlelight services. So pretty.

Melli said...

You know... I remember when I was a child getting Gingerbread houses in the mail that we DID eat! And they were soft and chewy -- they were not hard as a rock. I don't know if they were delivered on Christmas Eve or if we just enjoyed them for one night -- it doesn't SEEM like it in my memory. It seems like I had to WAIT a long time to get to have my first bite! But we did eat it. And it was good. I ordered one for my grand niece and nephews two years ago that they also ate. So perhaps not ALL gingerbread houses are created equal! I know the ones that my children and I have made, no one would EVER eat! LOL!

I hear you about living near family. MY answer doesn't refer to MY family OR my HUSBAND's family... I answered referring to OUR family... and I'm sO fortunate that all my kids already realize their need to be near US and each other. Of course, no one knows what the future holds, but for now they all PLAN to stay nearby. :)

Susan at Stony River said...

LOL Amen on the family thing--as soon as I was old enough I fled. But sometimes I wish my kids knew their cousins, I don't know.

We make gingerbread houses--edible ones, for the fun of wrecking them to eat! LOL The kids like that part best.

I hope you get your White Christmas!

Jessie at Blog Schmgo said...

So you aren't pc. Shame shame. No not really, neither am I ;)

Loved your Bumble answer! LOL

Kim said...

I love the Bumble too :-) Had to chuckle at the "reality" answer to living near family. Maybe it's just as well we only see family every few years; makes our infrequent visits special. I had my first microscope (a toy, really) until we moved overseas. Finally got rid of it then -- figure I had it for 35-36 years :-)

Merry Christmas!

Betty said...

Merry Christmas! I enjoyed getting to know you better this way.

H-Mama said...

Great answers... #2 cracked me up! ;)

quilly said...

Ha! I thought of answering Bumble -- but only the toothless Bumble, thanks!

I made one gingerbread house in my life and it must have been edible. The dog scarfed it down and showed no ill effects from it.

Amy said...

I am not very PC either...I just think that you can be all inclusive but you don't have to do it at the same time!!

Great answers