November 22, 2007

Holiday Quiz

Now that Thanksgiving is done and gone, I feel like I can begin to write about Christmas and the holidays. Don't want to rush the season!

This is from Baltimore Snacker by way of Chris at Take the quiz and pass it on. Let me know if you post it... I'd love to see your answers!
1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Egg nog is just too thick. So, it's hot chocolate with big marshmallows...and a shot!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
He wraps them in coordinated paper for different people

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White, non-flashing, non-moving.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No. I am not tall enough

5. When do you put your decorations up?
About the second week of December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Cranberry and orange relish. Spiced pecans.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Being old enough to go to the big caroling party downtown with my parents and their friends.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What truth?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We didn't used to, but we do some now.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Minimally. All one-colour balls which I buy by the box at thrift stores and then donate back.

11. Snow: love it or hate it?
Have to agree with Snack on this: Love it, as long as it doesn’t make things difficult on the road. Ice, though, is evil.

12. Can you ice skate?
Yep. I used to ice skate after work at the Rash Field Rink.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
A trip to the Costwolds for the entire family. It took two years of planning, but all 15 of us went for from two to six weeks.

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
The planning. Writing cards to friends scattered across the globe. Seeing family and friends at parties. The cheer and good will. This year, it's also making sure all of the kids at our residential centers have presents.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Mince pie with a sharp cheddar cheese.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
It used to be caroling downtown with the family and friends, but now it's the Monument Lighting on First Thursday. Kitchenography said it better than I could ever... read it here. I also never miss the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge that is played on Christmas Eve. I hope one day to attend in person

17. What tops your tree?
It varies.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
Giving... I love finding the perfect present. Last year, I gave my niece private knitting lessons at a shop in Fells Point. I wrapped clues in a ball of yarn and we had the best time watching her unravel it. One year I gave my parents, who have everything they could want, a website.

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Some of the old English/Latin carols like
Personent Hodie or Gaudete.

20. Candy canes:
Only red and white peppermint ones.

21. Favorite Christmas movie?
Don't have one, although I love watching the Nutcracker ballet.

22. What do you leave for Santa?
The dog usually snags it first!


  1. I was waiting to post mine too!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving M!

  2. I'm going to post it on my blog, so checkout the answers.

  3. I love that you buy your ornaments then donate them back - I have this crazy, over the top number of ornaments, last year I donated two storage boxes to a women's shelter. I'm feeling very indulgent. I still have boxes and boxes left. We also have a Thanksgiving tradition that I give each person at our table an ornament - which pertains to them, not just a gold, glittery ball - to kick off the season. More added to the already indulgent abundance. yikes.

  4. I love a questionnaire, damnit! Post one on Hannukah so I can play!!!


  5. Love your answers, Fairfax! Thanks for continuing this "meme."

    CdTX: Certainly it can be adapted for Hanukkah, no? Where I got it from - was also a Christmas survey, and sadly I don't know enough about Hanukkah traditions to make a good one - a passable one, but not a good one at all.

  6. I came along your blog. It's great! I'm reposting the survey, just wanted to let you know.

  7. I love this! I will post on my blog also! Thanks.:)

  8. Hi!
    I just posted the answers to the quiz! Fun.!:)


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