Tracy tagged me.
1. Hot Chocolate or apple cider? Apple cider, although honestly I generally just drink tea. Real apple cider is hard to get in the winter, and I hate those icky fake cider powder mixes.
2. Turkey or Ham? Ham. Our family ham of choice is Burger's Smokehouse Country Ham, which we call pigleg, so named because when my parents ordered the first one years ago, a very young Rosie took a look at the ham in the box and said "it looks like a pig leg." The name has stuck ever since.
3. Do you get a fake or real-you-cut-it-yourself Christmas tree? When I was growing up we always got a real tree, and my parents still do. Bryan and I spend two weeks in our hometown at Christmas, and any real tree we got would die during that time, so we have two fake ones. I'm looking forward to the day when we can figure out the logistics of having our own real tree. Meanwhile, we still enjoy trekking out to the cut-it-yourself tree farm with my family every year.
4. Decorations on the outside of your house? Nope. I guess we're just lazy in that department. The closest we come is a Christmas tree in the front window.
5. Snowball fights or sleddin’? Skiing is not an option? I haven't taken part in a snowball fight or sledding for years, but I guess I'd choose sledding - not as much violence.
6. Do you enjoy going downtown shopping? During Christmas? In theory I love it, but our mall has much better stores. Really, I try to do as much shopping as possible online so I can avoid all those places.
7. Favorite Christmas song? This year it's "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" but only if you sing all the verses.
8. How do you feel about Christmas movies? Aside from White Christmas, I cannot recall a single Christmas movie I've seen, so I can't say. But I do love White Christmas.
9. When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music? I listen to Christmas music in July if I feel like it. I figure that it's never the wrong time to celebrate the birth of Christ. However, when Advent starts I do try to hold out on the Christmas music until Advent is nearly over, because it's supposed to be a time of waiting. (Likewise, I'll sing "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" any time I feel like it except in Lent.)
10. Stockings before or after presents? When I was a kid (and I still am, I suppose, since we still do this part of Christmas with my parents) stockings came first thing in the morning. Then Morning Prayer, then one present each, then Mass, then breakfast (always sausages, grapefruit, and my dad's homemade cinnamon rolls) and then, finally, presents.
11. Carolers, do you or do you not watch and listen to them? I would watch and listen, but carolers are scarce in these parts.
12. Go to someone else’s house or they come to you? We always spend Christmas in our hometown, with our parents. But that doesn't exactly feel like "someone else's house" since it's the houses we grew up in.
13. Do you read the Christmas Story? If so when? On Christmas Eve, my dad reads the Christmas story from the book of Luke.
14. What do you do after presents and dinner? Well, actually, we do all that morning stuff I said with my parents, and then we go to my in-laws' and start over again with opening presents. Then we have dinner, and then we just hang out. The past couple years we've actually gotten together with my family and played games, which is great fun.
15. What is your favorite holiday smell? Grapefruit. Our local high school band does a fruit sale fundraiser every year, and for as long as I can remember the month of December has been filled with grapefruit.
16. Ice skating or walking around the mall? Ice skating, even though I never get to do it, simply because I don't consider walking around the mall to be recreation at all.
17. Do you open a present or presents on Christmas Eve, or wait until Christmas day? Definitely Christmas day.
18. Favorite Christmas memory? Past Christmases blend together in my mind, and they've all been so lovely that it's impossible to pinpoint a particular favorite memory.
19. Favorite part about winter? Sitting by the Christmas tree while big, thick flakes of snow fall outside the windows.
20. Ever been kissed under mistletoe? Probably, but I can't remember a particular instance.
21. Tagging… Today is Christmas Eve, and it would be simply heartless of me to add to anyone else's Christmas To Do list at such a late hour. But anyone who wants to do this meme should consider him/herself tagged.
I hope that all who celebrate it have a blessed Christmas, and that those of you from other traditions have a most wonderful week as well.