Just when I was at a loss for post ideas, I found this Christmas meme (blogger speak for a series of questions) from Barbara at Stray Thoughts (a really sweet and encouraging lady whose blog you should read if you don’t already). Here goes:
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Wow, I really can’t say. As I posted about earlier this week, I love Christmas music; it’s one of my favorite aspects of the season. But my faves are definitely of the more traditional type — all the traditional carols, O Holy Night, March of the Kings, any of The Messiah, and on and on and on …
Favorite Christmas special/movie?
I love all the Christmas specials I grew up with: Charlie Brown. Rudolph. Frosty. Nestor. The Little Drummer Boy.
What kind of special goodies do you make in December?
I don’t have anything that I make without fail each year, but I do enjoy making three or four special desserts during the month. I often serve these at my Christmas piano recital/party. I love Easy Christmas Candy, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, and Mint Brownies — just to name a few.
Favorite Christmas beverage?
I’m not real big into beverages — maybe a spiced apple cider. Years ago, someone had “wassail” and that was hot and yummy.
How many Christmas parties do you usually attend?
Ummm, well, none. Well, I take that back. I go to a retired teachers’ lunch each year if I can, and that’s held at a restaurant in December and afterwards we go to one of the teachers’ houses for delicious desserts. That’s fun 🙂
Do you go Christmas caroling? Does anyone come Christmas caroling to your house?
No, and I was just thinking the other day about caroling. I was wondering if anyone ever did it anymore, because it seemed kind of like a lovely thing of the past. I was mentioning it to a few piano students, and none of them knew about it. I discussed it with the kids, and had to laugh as I had the thought, These days, if someone knocked on the door and begin singing, they might be in danger of being shot …
What’s on your front door at Christmas?
A big beautiful wreath that my sister got me a few years back. I love it!
When do you put the tree up and take it down?
I like to put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving. I usually take it down around New Year’s. I do keep all my snowman-themed decor up until around mid-February, though — it’s just too depressing to face January with no special cheer at all.
Do you decorate with traditional red and green or with other colors?
I decorate pretty much with all the decorations I received during my childhood, so I suppose most of it is red and green.
How many Christmas trees do you put up (large and small?)
I put up our main tree, and a smaller tree for the kids’ ornaments. That tree is not the most glamorous, but it’s the one I used in my classroom when I was a teacher, so it’s special to me (and even more realizing that most classrooms are no longer allowed to have Christmas trees anymore).
Are your Christmas tree decorations themed or hodgepodge?
Totally hodgepodge. Like my decor, they are the ornaments of my growing-up years, of my teaching years — I would never want a tree with all-new ornaments.
Ham, turkey, both, or something else for Christmas dinner?
I don’t really care, as long as there is a great dessert 🙂 Actually, I could skip the meat altogether and not really mind. Not much of a meat person.
Do you have any Christmas traditions that are unusual, out of the ordinary?
Nothing unusual. We have a children-of-the-world advent calendar, and a chocolate one too, that the girls enjoy. We like watching Christmas TV specials and playing Christmas songs on the piano.
Do you display Christmas cards in particular way?
No, I put them in a container where family can look through them.
What do you do with the Christmas cards you received after the holidays are over?
Yes, each day after Christmas and into January and February we pull out one and pray for that person/family at dinner. Then, I either throw out the card or keep it, depending on various things (like if it contains photos). I am trying to be more “minimalist” in my living and don’t want to keep yet more things that I’ll have to maintain and keep clean and in order.
Christmas newsletters: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
I love getting them. I love reading the news, even if it’s written pretentiously (then it provides me with a bit of humor ;)). To me, the saddest thing to receive is a Christmas card with no photo and no note, and sometimes not with even a hand-written signature!
Now it’s your turn. Choose a few of the questions to answer in the comments.