Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday're it

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago before blogging became a obsessive/compulsive thing in my life, I used to be a 12 year old girl who wrote in "slam books" in junior high school. You know the book your classmates passed around so they could find out who you liked and what your dogs name was and what your favorite color was....(I never picked blue because everyone else did). Well kids, guess what, were here on the corner of "oh no you didn't" and "Really???, no seriously, Really????"

Of course there is a list of questions to answer and rules to abide by: isn't there always..... So here they are:

- Copy and paste the questions to your blog (check)

- Then Tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs and leave them a comment telling them they have been tagged. (check except, I don't want to lose any friends)

- When you post your blog, please spread some Holiday Cheer, and leave a link back to Heather's Blog as well as the one to the blog of the person who tagged you. (check, Heather is the troublemaker, girl, you are so getting coal and on the naughty list)

So here are the questions:

1. Have you started your holiday shopping? I don't really do a lot of shopping for gifts. We make gifts for each other. I do however scour the stores during the year for the "makings" for gifts.

2. Tell me about some of your favorite traditions. We always have Mexican food, tamales, posole, enchiladas, beans, tortillas and for dessert.....Jam cake. In another post awhile ago, I explained I was the only Mexican Hillbilly you probably ever meet. Dad from Northern NM, Mom from Tennessee

3. When do you put up your tree? My elf/gnome tree went up the day after Thanksgiving. But there is always a tree of one holiday bent or another in my dining room. Snowman, Valentine, St. Patrick, spring, faery folk, 4th of July, beachy, sunflower/harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then elf/gnome. My regular large variety) Holiday trees are: Mexicana (which includes loteria, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Day of the Dead items, or on those years I am feeling refined (yeah like that happens) I have an all gold, crystal tree. I also have a traditional child's tree with wooden ornaments, paper doll garland, and sweet handmade crafty items. My Sweet Man has joked for years that the only tree I don't have is one for Ground Hogs Day.......well I could do that too but I want him to think he has some control.

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper. Hell no. There is nothing out there that I have to have so badly that I would abuse myself or subject others to my lack of patience and wrath.

5. Do you travel for the holidays or stay at home. We have always stayed at home. Except the year my brother passed away, we spent New Year's Eve with he and his family in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak fireworks at midnight is awesome.

6. What is your funniest holiday memory? The year police officer friends came by late on Christmas eve said "You in the house" and then sang us carols on their loudspeaker of the squad car. The neighbors were wary but we thought is was hilarious.

7. What is your favorite Holiday movie? It's Christmas Charlie Brown. Not because of the cartoon but because every year, SM has to tell the grands that I am just like Lucy VanPelt, born with crabby jeans.

8. Do you do your own holiday baking? Yes, I love sharing the duty with the grands and my daughter.

9. Fake or real tree? All of my trees are artificial. I love the smell of the real but cannot bring myself to supporting the cutting down of natures bounty for such a short time. I do however (I guess this means I am an enabler of sorts) go to the tree lots and ask for the scraps cut from the bottom. I have made our "yule log" from such for many years and the smell comes from the wood as well as the branches. It's lovely and I feel like I am recycling the bounty. I have even been known to go to the tree dump after the holidays and gather branches and also wood to use for potpourri and fragrance work.

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done? Panic, we don't need no stinking panic.

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas/Solstice Eve? Probably.

12. What is your favorite family fun time at the holidays? Going to see the Christmas lights and displays all packed in the car with hot cocoa in a thermos, biscochitos and popcorn that gets everywhere and singing at the top of our lungs. Even when it was just SM and I we did the same thing. Yes, we have been accused of being "nuts", and proud of it.

13. What holiday craft do you like the best? Oh my, that's like asking which grandkid I like better. The answer would be yes.

14. Holiday music yes or no? and if yes what is your favorite song? I love Grandma got run over by a reindeer. I love instrumental new agey, jazzy, Manheim Steamroller, non descript kinda stuff. Elevator music kinda. No singing and bellowing please.

15. When do you plan to finish your shopping? In general....never, for the holidays,....never. Shopping, it's what I do, but not like most folks, I consider "the deal" an art and think that paying full retail is against the laws of nature. I love junque and stuff and can make silk purses from whateva so look out clearance crappe'.

Now I have to tag five other bloggers and make them do this themselves, however, in true rebel without a clue style.............if ya wanta do this then fabu, if not then Tiny Tim said it best, God Bless us everyone. So this is my holiday gift(whatever holiday that might be) to you. I would love to hear your answers but not everyone has the time at this time of year to be answering questions etc.

But I must say Mother Moon's Message was very sweet to think of me and include me in her list of participants.

And to Heather who thunked this up, too cool. It is a very neat way to get to know folks and their holiday doings. Sorry about the coal and naughty comment but ya know.............I'm just sayin'.