Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Getting to Know Me--Christmas Edition

Welcome to the Christmas/Holiday edition of getting to know me.

I was visiting Jennifer at Through the Storms of Life. She had this posted, and I thought I would share a little of my Christmas with you.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I use both with ribbons, bows, and tags made from Christmas cards received in previous years.

2. Real tree or Artificial? We have had both--artificial for quite a while due to allergies of various family members. But, everyone seems to have outgrown them (including me!), so we have switched back to a live tree.

3. When do you put up the tree? Not until December 22 or 23 when my youngest daughter arrives home from Texas, and then all three children decorate the tree together.

4. When do you take the tree down? Not until the middle of January!! We put it up late, so we leave it up a little longer than most in order to enjoy it.

5. Do you like egg nog? Not really.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My "Beth" doll from "Little Women". I received this the Christmas after my father died, and I still have this doll.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes--one in the living room and one on the dining room table.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My son, Andrew--though he made it very easy for me this year. He has decided that instead of presents for himself he would prefer that donations be made to charities in his name. This is a whole new experience for him, and I was pleasantly surprised.

9. Easiest person to buy for? Either of my daughters. They like basically anything.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I do both.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't really remember a Christmas gift that I haven't liked or appreciated.

12. Favorite Christmas movie(s)? When my family used to get together for Christmas, we watched "Christmas Vacation" every year. I'm not much of a movie watcher. I did see "The Nativity", and I like that a lot.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I make almost all of my Christmas presents, so I really should start in January!! I've gotten a late start this year, and I'm pushing myself to finish.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? At my work, we have a Christmas luncheon. Everyone brings something in that they no longer want, wrapped as a present. Our supervisor reads a story called "The Right Family", and the presents are passed around the table--right, right, left, right, left--according to what is said in the story. You just never know what you're going to end up with. It's not really recycling a present but done in fun.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey and stuffing--although one year we did have lasagne!

16. Clear or colored Christmas lights? Colored lights that don't blink.

17. Favorite Christmas song(s)? Silent Night, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sleigh Ride and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We used to travel, but this year will be the first that we will be staying home.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph if the weather is bad!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The commercialism--people forgetting what we are truly celebrating.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I don't have a favorite ornament. My tree is decorated with ornaments that I've given my children every year since they were born and ornaments that they have given me since they've been older. They are all special and each have their own individual meaning and memories.

24. Favorite dinner for Christmas? Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, sauerkraut and apple pie.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Resolution of differences within my family.

26. Do you bake lots of goodies during the holidays? If yes, what? I used to bake a lot--not so much anymore. I usually make spice cookies, chocolate chip cookies and Christmas candy cane breads for breakfast Christmas morning (recipe below).

27. Do you decorate different room of your home? Usually only the living room and dining room.

28. What decorations do you put outside? I live in an apartment, so I only put a wreath on the door.

29. How do you spend Christmas Eve? I usually spend the day at work, then to church in the evening with friends, my children and their friends. Then back to my place where we have a little get together with my children and their friends--appetizer-type foods. This is part of my Christmas present to them.

30. Is Christmas your favorite holiday? I do love Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Savior, spending time with my children. But, when I think about this, Easter should be the bigger holiday--celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

Feel free to copy this and post it on your blog. Share the Christmas fun with your readers, too. I love to read about others' Christmas traditions--maybe start some new ones of my own!!


Denise said...

This was nice.

Peggy said...

Blessings Beth...Just trying to learn more about you all the time!!! Denise had this on her blog also! I would not be able to do this anymore!

As I was going along, I had comments but now I will choose only a few.

First, may Our Lord give you #25 since that is such a big heartache & that's what you thought of...not one thing material but something relational...says a lot about YOU!

I truly enjoyed the way your work
does that special gift exchange. How creative & clever & fun! I've never heard of anything like this!

I think it is so precious that you still have your Beth doll from Little Women! What a keepsake!

I love what you do and how you celebrate & think! It looks like Christmas is really about your kids and it does not matter to you how big you are...you are very un selfish! I can't remember meeting anyone with such a beautiful Christmas spirit. A loving mom & friend with a giving, helpful & loving heart! You add a special trim to Christmas & the meaning!

You are the angel of Christmas!
(so is Denise...did you read that she does Chemo angel?)(what a giving person, too!)Denise needs a miracle turkey dinner!

Debra said...


This spoke volumes to me about you...mostly, you have a very warm heart and you love the Lord and enjoy the simple things in life.

What a precious gal you are! May your Thanksgiving be blessed!

((hugs)) to you!

Knittin Kudzu said...

Beth, this was wonderful! It really blessed my heart. I will have to ponder our Christmas traditions and do the same thing.

Blessings, Sandy

Truth4thejourney said...

Dear Beth,

This was a fun post! I can't believe you don't like egg nog, it's one of my Christmas traditions!

Thanks for sharing your testimony, it was amazing.

Your Friend,

PEA said...

What a wonderful meme and I so enjoyed reading all your answers to the questions! I've always had an artificial tree but this year I want a real tree so I'm quite excited. The only thing is, I can't put it up as early as I would the artificial one! lol xoxo

Debbie said...

How fun to read this post! I'm amazed at the maturity of your son Andrew. I've been so busy working that it's kind of nice to begin to get into the holiday spirit. This is a great beginning for me. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Knittin Kudzu said...


Just wanted to send you greetings for Thanksgiving Day! May you and yours be richly blessed by God's presence today. Hope your day is filled with love and laughter!

Blessings, Sandy

Amydeanne said...

great post.. and we don't usually take ours down til late january too. i like to keep it up for Ukranian Christmas! :)

Lori@EnjoyThe Process said...

Nice to meet you!
I really enjoyed this!