Monday, December 17, 2012

FMM: Christmas Questions

Last Saturday, I popped over to the Starbuck's coffee shop near where my boy was playing a soccer tournament. As I got out of my car, I heard someone singing Christmas carols - loudly and enthusiastically! I looked up to find this Santa singing happily outside a flower shop. I'm not sure why, but that moment totally put me in the Christmas spirit. The BoysMum2 blog out of New Zealand occasionally participates in a meme called "Friend Making Mondays," which contains a list of interesting questions designed to help people get to know each other better. The meme is sponsored by the All the Weigh blog. This week questions were Christmas-related, and I thought I would share them (even though it's Tuesday and not Monday - LOL!).  If you want to play along, you're encouraged to link your answers back to the All the Weigh blog.


 Christmas Questions
1. How will you celebrate the holidays this year?  We're going to be staying home this year. Usually we travel to Southern California to see my brothers and sisters, as well as Paul's side of the family. I'll miss getting together with everyone, but we'll try to have a happy holiday anyway. We're going  to a few holiday parties and will probably go see a movie on Christmas Day. Plus, I'll probably take Clara and some friends up to the City at least one day. From a present stand point, Henry and I are getting new phones (and I'm getting a new 50 mm lens). Clara wants a TV for her room. I think we'll get Paul a new carpet for the living room. The kids aren't done with school until Friday, and I wish Christmas was later in the week!
2. What’s the weather currently like where you live? Rainy days, alternated with warm sunny days. That's what winter is like around here.
3. Do you decorate your home for the holidays? If so, share a picture please!  I do a little decorating. I put up our stockings on the mantle and then put out my growing collection of Nativity sets. Here's the three newest sets:

4. What is your favorite Christmas movie?  I really like White Christmas, but Paul's favorite is Miracle on 34th Street. So we always watch both. I also really like Home Alone, Die Hard and Full-Court Miracle (a Hanukkah movie).
5. What is your favorite Christmas songs? I love all the traditional carols. I think God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is my favorite, but I love a rousing group rendition of Twelve Days of Christmas.
6. Do you have an advent calendar?  No. I keep meaning to get one, but I've never found one I love.
7. Do you prefer color lights or white lights?  Color. We're alll about fun and eclectic in our decorations, rather than matching and refined.
8. What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays?  Cookies and fudge! We'll probably make a turkey and get some crab, too!
9. Do you display a live tree, or do you prefer fake trees? We usually get a live tree, but this year, given Paul's immunity issues and the new dog, we bought a fake tree.  It is really convenient and looks okay:
Henry, his girlfriend and her best friend decorated it for me.  It was so much fun to listen to them giggle and see their happy faces while they decorated it.  Our ornaments are very eclectic and each one has a story behind it. I loved sharing the stories with the girls. 

10. What would you need to make your holiday perfect this year? I'm hoping for a peaceful, happy day with my family. 
If you answer the questions, I'd love it if you would come back and link your post so I could find out more about your holiday!

14 comments:

Amy said...

You've inspired me today Rinda - this is a great meme and I've loved reading your answers.

Cheri said...

I couldn't agree more with #10!

Gail said...

I loved reading your answers to this Meme - got to you know a little bit more. Those are some really nice nativity scenes you got.

Sian said...

Clever questions - they do reveal some nice little bits and pieces. I'd never really thought of you having rainy days

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great meme! I love that first nativity set!

Abi said...

I love the questions and that nativity set. A very nice christmas tree too!

humel said...

Really interesting to read this, Rinda :) I love your Nativities! We break up on Thursday, and like you, I could do with a couple of extra days before Christmas arrives...

scrappyjacky said...

I've really enjoyed reading your answers,Rinda.
Cookies and fudge sounds like perfect christmas food to me.....and I much prefer bright,coloured lights indoors.....but do love to see trees draped in white light outdoors.

Elizabeth said...

Good questions! I'm with Paul. My favorite movie is the original Miracle on 34th St.

alexa said...

A really interesting read! and some very thought-provoking questions. Yes, a few more days next week would be good!

Karen said...
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Karen said...

You inspired me to get back to blogging. I tried to leave a link, but it didn't work, but you can find my answers on my blog.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

This is a really fun list, Rinda - I loved reading your answers. Thanks for the inspiration. I may try to pull together my own set of answers between now and Christmas. I'll let you know if/when I do. :o)

laurie said...

i enjoyed reading about your holiday plans and traditions. your tree is beautiful! i hope you get the peaceful, happy day that you wish for.