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Saturday, December 15, 2007

I have been tagged!

I have been tagged by Jaydensmommy with the Christmas questions so here goes...

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapped...I start off real fancy with embellishments and as the day grows closer, the prezzies get a little plainer!
2. Real or Artificial tree? Artificial, unfortunately, I get hives if I decorate a live tree!
3. When do you put up the tree? After my daughter's birthday on December 2ND since I always wanted her birthday to be a "separate and special" occasion!
4. When do you take the tree down? Oh, this one is embarrassing! Let's just say that sometimes my family asks if I am going to decorate it for the next Holiday (and the next)! I just hate taking it down!
5. Do you like Eggnog? Love it! Especially homemade eggnog with a little rum! Yummy!
6. Favorite Gift you received as a child? Can't decide between these two...A silly little toy called Little Orbie...It had suction cups that you stuck it to the wall, pulled a string and it climbed the wall. And, a Tressie doll, it was the first doll that you could change the length of her hair.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Um...of course, it is Christmas. Actually have several... wood, ceramic, large, small....
8. Hardest person to buy for? My son.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My daughter.
10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? Any present is a good present as long as it is given from the heart! Especially loved the ones that the kids made when they were younger!

Not very many people left to tag since I am seeing this on just about every one's blog...but how about all of you? What is something about you that you would like to share that we might not know about you? A special Holiday story, tidbit or tradition that makes your Holiday special?

One thing that we always did in my house (don't know if I have shared this with you or not), when the kids were old enough to really get into their lists for Santa, I told them that they could only ask for the same number of gifts from him that Jesus received...3. This meant that they really had to think about what they wanted, instead of asking for the whole store! They would write their list but put stars next to 3 that they really wanted. The other presents they got were from me and DH. They never seemed to act they were short changed and every Christmas was the best Christmas they ever had! When other kids would talk about everything Santa brought them and comment on how my kids had only gotten 3 gifts, my kids would then tell them everything we gave them and most of the time, the other kids would say, "Huh! My parents didn't get me anything!" LOL! I am sure their parents were just cringing as they thought about not getting any credit for their generosity!

We also did footprints, magic dust, something was always left behind from Santa or his Reindeer but always played out the Christmas story with their nativity sets so Christmas was always a magical time but I tried to keep the real meaning, too.

Well, time for everyone else to start getting up so my quiet time is coming to an end. Have a great weekend. Make sure you take a few minutes from the hustle and bustle to do something nice for yourself!


lynda said...

love your tagged comments makes the memory bank think of years gone bye. i just love being with my dh as he's all i've got really other than new kitten. have a great christmas.

lynda said...

love your tagged comments makes me think of years gone bye. seeing that it's just dh, new kitten & me we don't have much to do. kitty will spend 1st xmas at vets (surgery on his knees) us away. different and sucks not having family or kids, but we make our own fun. hope you guys have a great christmas and santa is good to all.

Scraps of Candy said...

I love your three gifts idea. I will have to keep this in mind when my kids get older. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki (Chickivaney) said...

I had to smile about your hating to take the tree down. It brings back a funny memory of mine! The year that I was 16, I wanted to decorate the tree all by myself. My Dad had passed away 2 years earlier, and my brother was in the Navy. I wouldn't let my Mother help at all! So when Christmas ended, and the New year rolled around, my Mother said since I wouldn't let her help with the tree, then I could just take it down by myself too! Well..... as a teenager, and procrastinator too, I just always had some reason not to do it. It was still up on Valentine's Day! LOL I had a friend over, and she made fun of me, and then told all of our friends. Needless to say, I took the tree down, and NEVER asked to do it alone again! LOL

Annelize Webb said...

In our house we used to get gifts from parents, friends and family on Christmas Eve and only ONE gift from Santa on Christmas morning. This used to work very well....we also made lists and marked our favourite ones. It is nice to hear what other people's traditions are.

EAL Designs2 said...

I love what you did with your children, a wonderful thing.
I too am allergic to real trees, and break out into massive hives. We've only ever had one once because of that, although my husband always asks, lol.

My family tradition, well the one I started right from my eldest's first Christmas (she'll be 18 in Jan), is that we have a birthday cake for Jesus. After diner we all sing "Happy Birthday to Jesus" and then the girls blow out the candles. I wanted them to understand the true meaning right from the start.
My girls appreciate anything they get because we don't really have much and the older ones know so they are greatful at how hard we try.
My 3 eldest have had wonderful Christmas' with family around, saddly the youngest has not had that experiance more then once as family members passed, and the ones left stopped the gatherings.
Saddly this year will be a very hard one, as the my uncle Joe just passed away. He was my father/grandfather and grandfather/great-grandfather to my children. This year they had actually planned to have us there for Christmas to spend it with him, but he passed on the 12th, so they cancelled it.
Jan, I wish you and yours a Christmas filled with much joy, and many blessings, you deserve it.
God bless

grambie said...

They finally tagged you and you so quickly responded. They are so memorable because I do not care for the taste of liquor, but loves home-made eggnog with rum, brandy, liquor, and egg-nog ice cream. So thick and creamy as if it is a slush. I haven't made it or had it in years. Maybe it will be good for me to do so this year and enjoy the moment with a chilled champagne class as its holder. You definitely have me drooling all over the place. So lovely to read how expertly you kept the true meaning of Christmas within your home. I always told my children that the presents are representative of the gifts from the 3 Wise Men, also that parents are Santa's helpers. I kept my tree up until the old New Year, January 6, the same as my parents did when I was a child. Have a blessed and fruitful day. Hugs to your family and friends!!!

Betty said...

Have a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Take care and be well.