Picked this up at Andrew's Place (some of you who read my other (belated) blog will recognize a few answers):
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? -- I'll have just a splash of Egg Nog with my bourbon, please.
Does Santa wrap presents, or just stick them under the tree? They're wrapped.
Coloured lights on tree, or white? White.
Do you hang mistletoe? This house holds three gorgeous ladies; since I don't lack for kisses, and I'm stingy about others wedging in on Papa Dawg, the answer is NO!
When do you put your decorations up? The day of the local Santa Claus Parade, when the Lions Club starts selling trees.
What is your favourite holiday dish? *Pfft!* Pad Thai, of course!!
What is your favourite holiday memory as a child? The Christmas Eve service at church, which was typically dominated by cutesy kiddie fare. Our family passed out the gifts that morning (a trait common to most of my friends' families, too), so we were more or less played out and in a good mood by evening. We sang our songs, recited our Bible verses, then received enormous goodie bags ("tootjes" in plautdietsch) from our Sunday School teachers. The one time of the year I ate Cracker Jack.
When did you learn the truth about Santa? Age three. My parents said it was a good story that other families liked to tell, and encouraged me to pretend, but to refrain from pissing in other punch bowls. (If anyone wants me to recycle my "Ag-Claus-tic" anecdote, just give me a nudge.)
Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve? A few. We get up early on Christmas morning. Heck, we get up early every morning...
How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I don't. I stay as far away from the action as possible.
Snow: love it, or hate it? Since we got snow tires, love it.
Can you ice skate? Helloooo! Canucklehead typing -- and skating, thank you very much!
Can you remember your favourite gift? I liked 'em all, but the one that stands out is an early Lego Lunar Landing kit. Very blocky, pre-Star Wars construction. Loved it.
What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Paying attention to family, and living in the hope of something larger. And remembering that the people Christ called his brothers and sisters were a devilishly "diverse" bunch.
What is your favourite holiday tradition? My mother pulls out all the stops and puts on an incredible chocolate fondue.
What tops your tree? An angel.
Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? So long as kids are involved, giving.
What is your favourite Christmas song? This year it is the mournful Civil War-era hymn I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day:
And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Candy canes? By now I dislike them almost as much as I dislike Cracker Jack, which I consider the poor cousin to ...
My favourite Holiday Dessert: PoppyCock Here's how you make it:
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup almonds
8 (plus) cups popped popcorn
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon cream tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Toast the nuts, pop the corn. Melt the sugar, butter, syrup, cream of tartar -- bring to a hard boil. Remove from the heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla, then pour it over the popcorn and nuts. Press the mess into cookie sheets, and let it cool. Or just eat it hot -- whatever you can endure.