From Tosy of New Jersey:
1. Favorite traditional Christmas song:
"The Coventry Carol". I'm particularly fond of Alison Moyet's version on the orginal "A Very Special Christmas".
2. Favorite contemporary or modern Christmas song:
"The Bells of Christmas" by Julie Andrews from a Firestone LP in the mid-1960s. It was re-recorded with an extra-long bridge that utterly ruins it, though.
3. Christmas song that makes you cry
A performance of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Kim and Reggie Harris. It is a sad song, ultimately.
4. Real or artificial tree:
Real. I fear artificial trees.
5. Favorite Christmas edible treat
I take a shot of amaretto in a goblet, then pour eggnog into it. Not only does it taste good, it looks good.
6. White lights or multi-colored:
White. Though I grew up with these huge colored lights.
7. How many Christmas parties will you go to this year:
One. Already went.
8. Favorite act of kindness to perform during this season:
Random acts of kindness.
9. Favorite sounds of Christmas:
10. Favorite things to wear:
I have a Santa hat.
11. Favorite Christmas movie/TV special:
Except for Charlie Brown, don't really watch them anymore.
12. Eggnog or hot chocolate:
Depends on the temperature outside.
13. Favorite Christmas book:
This hardbound book of carols I got for my wife a couple years ago.
14. Christmas books on my "to read" list:
15. Peppermint or cinnamon:
16. What's on the top of your tree:
17. Traditional Christmas meal growing up:
Don't really remember.
18. Online shopping or traditional "go to the store" shopping:
Online if it isn't a small store.
19. Something you received as a Christmas gift as a child that you still have:
No clue. In all likelihood, some LPs, but couldn't specify titles.
20. How many Christmas cards you have mailed so far:
21. Favorite source for Christmas ideas:
22. Coordinated/themed or hodge-podge tree decorations:
Hodge-podge. My ornaments, her ornaments from when we were kids, new ornaments.
23. What's on the top of YOUR Christmas wishlist:
A Hess truck.
24. Roles you've played in Christmas plays/programs:
Shepherd, wise man.
25. Wrapping paper or gift bags:
When I was a kid, I used to wrap presents in the comics section of the Sunday paper. I was often mocked by my family, and I abandoned it. I think I'll go back to it.
26. When do you put up the tree:
Well, we hadn't had one in a couple years. about two weeks before Christmas when we do.
27. When do you take the tree down:
New Years' Day, or soon thereafter.
28. Do you have a nativity scene:
A creche on the fireplace mantle.
29. Hardest person to buy for:
30. Easiest person to buy for:
31. Worst Christmas gift you ever received:
I have no idea.
32. When do you start shopping for Christmas:
It varies. Once upon a time, there was a Medieval Faire in October,, and I'd start then. Some years, it's two weeks before Christmas, and I'd take a day off from work and do the whole thing.
33. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present:
Possibly, but unlikely.
34. Travel at Christmas or stay home:
Home for the first time since Lydia was born.
35. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer:
Yes, all nine.
36. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning:
37. Most annoying thing about this time of year:
Nasty people in over-crowded stores.
38. What I love most about Christmas:
Traditional Christmas music.
Educational Stocking Stuffers and a terrible gift idea.
Brian Lynch's A Simulated Christmas , courtesy of ADD.
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