I thought I'd steal this from Blackbird, to try to get me in the holiday spirit.Hot chocolate or eggnog?
Eggnog at Christmas, but hot chocolate all year round. Last year my mother gave me a contraption called a "Cocomotion" that makes hot chocolate, and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing ever, until I tried it. OH MY GOD. It makes the BEST hot chocolate. I used it last night.Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
I don't think he used to wrap, but he does now. I like to prolong the anticipation.Colored lights on your tree/house or white?
White lights on the tree. No lights on the house, but that's because I guess I'm lazy. I do like when people put those little candles in the windows.Do you hang mistletoe?
No, but I have mistletoe earrings that have resulted in several kisses on my neck.When do you put up decorations?
Not soon enough. Usually about a week before Christmas.What does your favorite christmas meal include?
I do love Mom's Christmas dinner, which at home was always pretty much a repeat of Thanksgiving with different pies, but I'd have to say Dad's sandwich platter on Christmas Eve.Favorite christmas memory from childhood?
Standing at the top of the stairs with my brother while Dad checked to be sure Santa came (actually, he was turning on the heat and getting the camera ready) before racing down the stairs to behold our haul. We were like racehorses at the gate. Well, I was. I ran. He sauntered.How and when did you learn the truth about Santa?
I was just at the point of not believing when I was eight or so. My mom was putting us to bed, and we heard a jingling sound out in the back yard. We ran to the window and saw Santa walking out of the woods, and a red light (Rudolph's nose!) flashing back in the trees. Mom said, "You'd better get to sleep fast! He's running early this year!" as we heard the next-door neighbor's kid scream "SANTA!!" all the way through the walls of both houses. We went to bed SO FAST. I think I believed for another couple of years after that. Good one, Dad.Do you open a gift on christmas eve?
We did, and oddly enough, it was always new pajamas. How do you decorate your christmas tree?
Depends. If I put up a real (or real-looking) tree, I have a ton of Lenox ornaments I collected when I worked there. If I put up my vintage 1963 Silver Sparkler Aluminum Pom-Pom tree, then nothing but shiny glass balls.Snow! Love it or leave it?
Love, love, love it. Miss, miss, miss it.Can you ice skate?
I could, so I assume I still could. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I had so many great Christmasses, I can't really pick out a favorite gift.What's the most important thing about christmas for you?
Tradition and family. I'm really sad that I don't get to be home in Maine for Christmas, but R and his Mom do their best to make the holiday here great.What is your favorite christmas tradition?
Finding the perfect gifts to give. Sometimes you just nail it, and I love that.
Oh, and playing in TubaChristmas. Picture hundreds of tubas playing Christmas Carols in 8-part harmony. I've done it in Maine, and Boston, and now Austin. What tops your tree?
For the silver tree, nothing. For a real(ish) tree, I want a gold star. Simple, plain... I need to find one.What is your favorite christmas song?
Traditional- O Holy Night. Gives me chills when done well.
Fun- Happy Holidays/Holiday Season by Andy Williams. I sing along loudly with this one.
Least favorite? That version of Silent Night done by Stevie Nicks a few years ago. God, she sounds like a whiskey-soaked crack whore.
And with those final lovely words, so ends my first meme.