Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas MEME

Courtney over at One Loopy Life tagged me for this Christmas MEME.  I LOVE Christmas so I am excited to participate, thanks Courtney!!!!  This is part of Heather's Top Ten Christmas Blog.  I am tagging Beth, Nicolasa, Lee-Ann, Poolside and Annie.

1.  Have you started your Christmas Shopping?
    I am actually done and have been since December 4th.  I tried so hard to be done by Thanksgiving but my husband's family added 4 more people to our Christmas!  I did most of my shopping this year online...easy to do with a newborn.

2.  Tell me about one of your special Traditions.
Every year on Christmas Eve Eve (Dec. 23rd) my family gets together at my mom's house for Chinese Take Out and a viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation :)  We then sleep over (it's getting crowded now) and wake up to have our family Christmas and breakfast on Christmas Eve.  My sisters and I still fight to be the first to find the Christmas Pickle!!!

3.  When do you put up your Tree?
The day after Thanksgiving :)  We have a fake tree due to my allergies so there is no problem putting it up then. 

4.  Are you a Black Friday Shopper?
Absolutely not....I am a Black Friday Decorator.  I spend the entire day decorating my house for the Holidays :) 

5.  Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?
This year we are doing a little of both.  We are at my mom's Christmas eve eve, our house to sleep on Christmas Eve so that Santa can come here and then down to my husband's family on Christmas morning. It makes me tired just typing it all....eventually I want to just stay home on Christmas day and play and relax :)

6.  What is your funniest Christmas memory??
As I mentioned before, my sisters and I fight over finding the Christmas Pickle on Christmas Eve morning.  For years my baby sister K would always finds it first....she then got the extra gift.  This drove me nuts!!!!  Finally my year came and I actually found the pickle!  I was so excited, I threw my arms up in the air to celebrate and the glass ornament slipped from my hands, fell on the brick fireplace and shattered!  It was pretty ironic that after years of wanting to win, the first time I actually found it, I broke it!  Ooops...it was pretty funny!

7.  What is your favorite Christmas Movie??
A Very Brady Christmas!!!!!  I can't find my VHS (I think my family hid it) and it is not on DVD....what am I going to do????

8.  Do you do your own Christmas baking?  What is your favorite treat??
I do make sugar and gingerbread cookies.  My favorite treat are my MIL's Italian cookies...Yum!!!

9. Fake or Real Tree?
Fake, I am allergic!

10.  What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
Two weeks before Thanksgiving!

11.  Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Only if I am wrapping for my dad.

12.  What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
The Christmas Eve Party at my mom's is a huge competition.  There are two teams of our family and friends and we compete in 3 events.  Over the years we have competed in games of mini golf, jenga, Beirut (w/water), Holiday Jeopardy, card toss, Don't forget the lyrics and so many more!!!  The winning team wins scratch tix.

13.  What Christmas craft do you like best??
Decorating the gingerbread house :)

14.  Christmas music??
All of it!!!  My favorite albums are Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Brown and the muppets.

15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
I'm done.  I hope to wrap it all this weekend.

Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them.

When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather's Top Ten Christmas Blog, and the blog that you were tagged by.

I enjoyed this meme!! If you play along, leave me a comment and let me know so I can check out your responses!


Mom said...

We now have back-up pickles just in case. I also have a foam pickle if I feel the need.

It really is L's (middle sister) time to find the pickle. She is always pushed out or the way by you and K.

I confess, I took the Very Brady Christmas! Or was is Dad, or K, or M...there are so many suspects. Who ever did - THANK YOU!
(S made us do it :))

Poolside with the Girls said...

Thanks for the tag! I'm looking forward to doing this.

I love your list. We are a lot alike!!!

Have a good one and thanks again!

Beth P. said...

Fun! I will do this when I get home from work today!

My husbands family STILL fights to find the Christmas pickle! I had never heard of it until I met him, but it is a fun tradition. I am hoping one day he and his sister will let it go and allow my son and his cousin to be the searchers. Old habits die hard, though ;-)

Mommy Lisa said...

Sounds like fun!

I am Lee-Ann... said...

Thanks for tagging me, I'll do it for sure, hopefully later! I love this pickle talk, I've never heard of something like it, it is awesome when a family has their own traditions.

Connie Weiss said...

You Christmas sounds so fun!

We are home (alone?) with only Bobbi this year and I'm so looking forward to it!

Courtney said...

Thanks for posting the questions!!! I love that your family stays the night together so Santa can come visit you all. That is so great! Maybe this year you will find the pickle and be able to take the gift home...in one piece! Great answers!!

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