I got tagged by Tommy
for this Christmas meme, so in the only display of Christmas spirit I intend on expressing this year outside of buying my nephews presents, here you go:
1) Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2) Share Christmas facts about yourself.
3) Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4) Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Both.2. Real or artificial tree?
I don't put up a tree. I live alone, Christmas decorations don't really cheer me up, and they're otherwise a pain to put up just to take down a few weeks later. In other words, I'm too damn lazy. Personal aside: this drives my step-mother nuts. She's German and very rigid about these things. It's Christmas. You're supposed
to put up decorations and play only Christmas music and watch Christmas movies and eat Christmas food. It's almost as if she was told boogey man stories about some secret police force that will come to your house if aren't displaying enough holiday spirit and throw you in a Christmas gulag for crimes against the season. When my parents still lived out here in L.A., she'd show up at my apartment every year with one of those pre-decorated mini-trees and various other crap like stockings and Santa figurines because it kept her awake at night that I didn't have Christmas shit all over the place. I was sad when they moved to a different state, except for the relief that I would not have to put up with her Christmas OCD anymore.3. When do you put up the tree?
See above.4. When do you take the tree down?
Ibid.5. Do you like eggnog?
No. I hate it, even if there's booze in it.6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Stuffed Snoopy.7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Nope.8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
It was the year Grandma decided that instead of a check, she was going to send me an ugly sweater that I never wore.
(And seriously - the person who gave Tommy socks in a GI Joe Motorcycle box is plain cruel. Why not just put cat turds that spell out "FUCK YOU" inside and show your real contempt?)9. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Neither. I'm not a total Scrooge, but people have never come to expect Christmas cards from me, so why break tradition?10. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life.11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
The only real Christmas tradition I have established for myself as an adult is to wait to do my shopping until the last minute and then make a pledge to not do the same thing next year. And then do the same thing next year.12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My sister makes prime rib every year. 13. Clear lights or colored?
Colored, but I have those hanging all over the place all year long.14. Favorite Christmas song?
I don't have one.15. Travel at Christmas or stay at home?
Stay home. 16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Let's see...um, Pronger and Nixon and Dundee and Blixer? Something like that? In other words, no.17. Angel or star on the top of your tree?
I think it would be difficult to put either on top of a tree I don't have.18. Open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas Eve.19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
How early some people start celebrating it. A local radio station switched to their annual "All Christmas/All the time" format a week before Thanksgiving. Stores start their Christmas! Sale! blitz around that time as well. Some years, I look more forward to the end of the holiday than the holiday itself. It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year, to the point where I can see the day where Macy's starts putting up their decorations in June. 20. What do you leave for Santa?
Nothing specific, but he knows he's welcome to anything in the fridge.21. Least favorite holiday song?
I think the one song that gets on my nerves the most is "Do They Know It's Christmas" by that Band-Aid charity the Brits did about 20 years ago (Jeez, has it been that long? That makes me feel old). Over the last five years or so, I've noticed a lot of bloggers pick on that song for it's provincial stupidity and ignorance ("nothing ever grows" in a continent covered in jungles? "No rain or rivers flow"? None? Really? "Do they know it's Christmas?" More appropriately, do they even care
? Etc., etc. I think my favorite line is "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time." Poor dears. There won't be snow in Los Angeles either. Please send me money!
). I mean, charity is a wonderful idea, but you shouldn't insult the beneficiaries of your efforts by applying stereotypes that describe about 30% of their homeland to the entire continent.22. Do you decorate your tree with any specific theme or color?
If I had one, I probably wouldn't. I prefer crazy trees with lots of color and silly ornaments and fun, home-made stuff like popcorn garland, not those neat, symmetric, perfectly trimmed kind.23. Favorite ornament?
The Grinch one wins over the two others that I actually own just in case I ever decide to get around to actually putting up a tree some year.
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I'm going to break the rules and not tag anyone, because I'm a rebel like that, but if anyone else thinks this looks like fun, give it a go and drop a link in the comments.
Oh yeah...and MERRY CHRISTMAS!