A Christmas Meme

Yesterday was the last day of school before winter break and the kids were appropriately excited. We spent the afternoon baking and decorating piles of cookies – gingerbread men and various shaped sugar cookies. As you know, I am extremely Type A about many things but cookie decorating (or any kind of decorating) is not one of them. I give the kids their own dough, and a dozen or so of their own cookies, and their own frosting tubes, and then not worry about the final product. So, generally what happens is that Mark very carefully decorates, and eats, several cookies. Jake piles an inch or so of frosting on each of his cookies, and eats them immediately after. The end result was two sugar high children speeding around the house until they collapsed into sobbing, hysterical heaps a few hours later. Christmas joy!

Speaking of Christmas joy, I stole this meme from the Happy Geek, so here goes:

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Eggnog disgusts me on so many different levels, so I guess hot chocolate by default, although I don’t really drink that either. My holiday beverage of choice is coffee with Bailey’s, or for a non-alcoholic treat, a peppermint latte.

Does Santa wrap the presents or leave them open under the tree? Oh, Santa. You’ve burned up in the chimney of our minds. However, we do fill stockings which are, supposedly, from Santa.

Coloured Lights on a tree or white? Coloured.

Do you hang Mistletoe? No, I just kiss whoever I feel like whenever.

When do you put your decorations up? Normally I wait until the first weekend of December, but this year it was late November. They go down on Boxing Day or shortly after, since by then I am tired of bumping into things in my teeny living room.

What is your favorite Holiday Dish? Hm. My mom’s butterhorns? Does a sweet bun count as a dish? They’re pretty yummy.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? The kids do.How do you decorate your Christmas tree? It’s a gigantic jumble of ornaments. I like the kids to decorate it however they like. It takes the pressure off.

Snow. Love it or Hate it? I like snow in the appropriate months. I wish I didn’t see snow April through September. But, I live in Calgary, so wishing ain’t getting.

Can you ice skate? I used to actually figure skate when I was a kid.

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? .My mom’s chocolate Yule log. It’s chocolately and whipped-creamy, and eating more than one piece will leave you bloated and lethargic, like any good holiday dessert.

What is your favorite holiday tradition? In a strange way, making our crazed gingerbread house. Also watching the movie Elf. ALSO – and this is happening today – our annual overnight trip to Banff, sans kids. Only 1 1/2 hours until we leave!!! More to come on that front.

Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck? I don’t mind candy canes, but I don’t really eat them either.

Favorite Christmas Show? I have three: Elf – best movie ever, Christmas Vacation – makes my family look slightly less insane, and Charlie Brown Christmas.

This was a fun meme to do, so feel free to copy.


  1. YES re the Christmas Vacation making a family look relatively better. Jealous of your Banff trip. Have fun!

Leave a Reply