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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Me & my big mouth

A Christmas Meme

I have been so lucky not to have been tagged with a meme in quite a long time. They’re not exactly my favorite thing to do, but when someone tags me and I really like them I usually play along. That said, please don’t start tagging me just to poke fun at me like Henrietta did! LOL

Henrietta is the sweet blogger from A Hen’s Nest (don’t you just love that name?) and she tagged me with the Christmas Meme because I told her how I am a scrooge. The subject came up in a contest she’s having to win “The Snowman’s Song: A Christmas Story” children’s book. The mandatory entry is “Leave me a comment telling what your favorite Christmas or holiday book is.” I, being the big mouth that I am, had to leave a comment just to tell her I didn’t have one so I can’t enter. I think I also mentioned something about being a scrooge.

It’s all coming together for you, isn’t it?

Let’s see what the heck I can come up with for the answers to these questions:

1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping?
This is probably the first year I’m able to answer yes. Ha! Well, it’s only because I’ve done most of it online and haven’t had to leave the house to do it.

2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions.
My oldest daughter and I have added a new ornament to the tree every year. (I think she already has the one for us this year.) This year we’ll explain the tradition to the youngest kids again. She and I also sometimes open one small gift on Christmas Eve.

Christmas 20083.) When do you put up your tree?
I don’t have a specific time to do it. Normally it’s after my oldest has bugged me for a week or so after Thanksgiving. I am thinking that we should change that and do it a day or two after Thanksgiving because we won’t put up the tree without her. So, we’ll be doing it this Monday when all the children will be home. As she gets older and spends time away from home during the holidays (I’m sure it’ll happen eventually. SNIFF) I’ll resort to waiting until the children bug me to death. (Photo: Amber putting ornaments on the tree last year.)

4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Nope, unless my daughter (boy she comes up a lot during holiday “conversations”) forces me to go. Luckily she drives now so she bribed her best friend to get up at 4:30 a.m. and my excuse was I had the three youngest kids with me so … well, that’s obvious, right?

5.) Do you travel at Christmas or stay home?
I like to stay at home during Christmas, but I wouldn’t mind going to visit my family in MD one year or going on vacation. Oh, there was this one year when I surprised Amber (yup, the oldest one! She was about 10 at the time) with a trip to Jamaica for Christmas. She had to open the “gift,” a brochure about Jamaica, the day before Christmas since we were leaving Christmas day. We opened her other presents after she finished packing. I had packed almost everything that I didn’t think she would miss. That was the most relaxing Christmas ever and it stopped her from complaining that she hadn’t been to Jamaica and I’d been two or three times.

6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory?
Uhhh… Hmmmm? Nope, can’t think of a thing.

7.) What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?
Christmas movie? Let’s see…. I don’t have a favorite and I don’t really like Christmas movies. Ah, wait! I have one: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted Christmas. Yea me!

8.) Do you do your own Christmas baking, what’s your favorite treat?
Christmas 2007 037 Nope, I can’t remember the last time I baked cookies or something like that. If we do have sweet treats it’s because my daughter Amber (of course!) bakes them. Okay, now I’m beginning to feel bad. LOL. I don’t necessarily have a favorite, but I like most traditional bikes and LOVE anything with chocolate. (Photo: This is the cake Amber made for her class holiday party last year. I think this was her first time doing fondant.)

9.) Fake or real tree?
Christmas 2008 Fake. Never had a real tree, but wouldn’t mind getting one. (Photo: That’s little Miss Anna at 1 year old gazing at the lit tree. She was fascinated.)

10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
Hmmm… let me check last year’s posts. :) I remember panicking about a week before Christmas last year so I’m hoping to not repeat that again.

11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?

12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
When I was a child it was visiting with all of my extended family. Now it’s opening gifts with my children and enjoying our traditional gigantic Christmas breakfast. Oh, I forgot about the breakfast tradition.

13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Craft? Are you kidding? I don’t like any craft the best, but this year I am making a wreath. I’m excited about it and hope it turns out like it looks in my  head.

14.) Christmas music. Yes or no. If yes, what is your favorite song?
Kind of. I actually think my favorite is Little Drummer Boy. Is that the right name?

15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
I have no idea. Next Wednesday or Friday, I hope.

Whew! That actually wasn’t so bad and I don’t think I look like a total scrooge, do I?

Any blogger is welcome to participate in this meme, even if you haven’t been tagged yet. Heather over at the Top Ten Christmas Blog will go back and add your blog link to the list if you want to play along. Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog and then answer them.
Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather at Top Ten Christmas, and the blog that you were tagged by that would be me It’s a woman’s world.

I’m always a meme rule breaker so I don’t think I’m going to tag five people. If you’re reading and would like to play along then jump right on it and let me know so I can check out your answers. If you’re Lin (from Duck and Wheel with String) then I think you should do it anyway just because you don’t like memes. ROFL… Don’t blame me Lin, Henrietta started it! (Note: Okay, okay… I did get a kick out of it and had fun looking at last year’s pictures. Just don’t tell Henrietta I said that!)



  1. Cute answers. Beauty and the Beast is a favorite of mine too! :O)

  2. Oh mumzi... lol... you are absolutely ridiculous!!! Gotta love ya!!! This was pretty funny...

  3. Lol, you're too funny Petula! I love your ornament tradition. I've always wanted to do that one with the kids but seem to forget about it every year! You sure have on talented girl! Love that cake pic and your past Christmas ones too! You managed to make your meme post look ore festive than mine! Ha!

    What's your breakfast tradition? Now I'm curious!

  4. i havent done a meme for ages either. i hate them. no one gives me them anymore. they must have taken the hint! i know me bad!

    love the tree. have you will have a great family xmas m8 x

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