Friday, December 22, 2006

A Christmas Meme

This is a modified version of a meme has been circulating in the blogosphere. Here goes...

1.Eggnog or hot chocolate? Tea. I am not a fan of sweet drinks.

2. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Christmas Eve at Grandma’s house. She served Christmas beef, and lots of special treats. We always had to “perform” by reciting a poem, singing, or playing an instrument. Then we played games and opened one gift.

3. Do you open gifts Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Both. As a child we opened one gift on Christmas Eve, opened our stockings at about 4 AM (!), and then opened our other gifts after breakfast and after my dad read the Christmas story from the Bible. My husband’s family exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve, and we open gifts as a family on Christmas morning.

4. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? This is the first year I have done it in a long time. Our daughters have decorated it in recent years, but we have only one at home this year :-(

5. Snow- Love it or dread it? It is usually inevitable, so I have decided to enjoy it. It looks like a green Christmas this year though. (Santa, I would love to have a pair of snowshoes)

6. Can you ice skate? I can skate if I hold on to something or someone. I cannot stop unless there are boards. My husband plays hockey three times a week and our daughters are good skaters as well.

7. Do you remember your favorite gift? (as a child) The doll and doll clothes I received as a child in South Africa. (featured in a recent post)

8. What's the most exciting thing about the holidays for you? I have worked many Christmas days at the hospital. The most exciting thing about Christmas is that you can take it with you and share it anywhere.

9. What is your favorite holiday desert? Three essential Christmas treats…shortbread, fruitcake, gingerbread…all have to be homemade with the best ingredients…

10. What is your favorite holiday tradition? These keep changing. My husband is a great traditionalist, but I love to try new things.

11. What is your favorite Christmas song? I love Christmas carols and enjoy many old and new songs. I had a special treat last week when one daughter came home and went through the Christmas song book from front to back playing them all on the piano.

12. What is your favorite Christmas movie? The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with Loretta Swit and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (cartoon please!)

Samtzmom featured a 123:5 book meme this week. The book nearest me was on the piano bench...the Reader's Digest Merry Christmas 123, fifth sentence...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Soon the bells will start.
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

(end of song...out of sentences!)


  1. Love that your nearby book was a songbook, and really enjoyed reading your Christmas meme answers. :c) Blessings to you today Ruth.

  2. I like your comment on #8 - Christmas - you can take it anywhere. So true. The firemen in my Dad's firehouse had great Christmas celebrations with each other.

  3. Samtzmom- Thanks...Yes, no time for heavy reading this week, but always time for music.

    Mary- So many people provide essential services on special days. I think they come to appreciate the holidays in a different way. I know that the years I worked in ICU made me very thankful for good health and a supportive family.

  4. What a pretty Christmas tree! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  5. Hi Ginger..I enjoyed your blog. My favourite Christmas decoration is the wall tree above the piano with my Mexican nacimiento below.


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