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Holiday Meme

Posted by dorian on December 18, 2009

I got this holiday meme (slightly modified) from ADKOB friend Sew Ducky! . For those of you who celebrate Christmas, here are some questions. Pass this on to others who might enjoy them too!

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
2. Do you put christmas decorations up? How do you decorate a tree? Colored lights on the tree/house or white?
3. Do you hang mistletoe?
4. How do you wrap your presents?
5. Favorite holiday dish?
6. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
7. When did you learn there was no Santa? How did you feel?
8. Do you open a gift on christmas Eve?
9. What do you usually wear on christmas day?
10. Snow! Love it or dread it?
11. Can you ice skate?
12. Do you remember your favorite gift?
13. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you?
14. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
15. Do you have a holiday tradition?
16. Which is easier for you-Giving or Receiving?
17. Favorite christmas song?
18. Least favorite christmas song?
19. Favorite christmas show?
20. You can have three things from Santa. What would they be? (no world peace, sorry. only material things)

16 Responses to “Holiday Meme”

  1. 1minionsopinion said

    1. Hot chocolate. Nog is icky.
    2. My little tree has Santa, elves and reindeer on it. I also have snowmen decorations for the rest of the living room and garland wrapped around the lamps. That’s all I do. It’s a small apartment.
    3. I have no one to kiss so there’s never mistletoe.
    4. I only have a couple people to buy for and a roll of paper lasts for years. I should use bags or newspaper for recycling.
    5. On years we don’t host Christmas, mom makes awesome cabbage rolls to take to the potluck supper. I also buy halvah every year and it just isn’t Christmas if my great aunt hasn’t dragged a carrot pudding over with the hot rum sauce. Delight. Oh, and I love Christmas cake, the darker the better, no nuts in though.
    6. Probably the year I got a Care Bear. I actually ran back to my room, rubbed my eyes with my hands and ran out to see if it really was under the tree.
    7. I don’t remember but I don’t think no Santa was a traumatic idea.
    8. I used to open one gift on the Eve but usually all in the morning before breakfast. Can’t fathom families that wait until supper, and Christmas Eve doesn’t feel right.
    9. I wear clothes. I used to kind of dress up but now it’s just jeans and a t-shirt. Why fuss?
    10. No snow on Christmas day is worth photographing. There’s rarely no snow, although this year it could be a brown one. Three cheers for El Nino!
    11. I can skate, but not well. I used to be on the sloughs at home quite a bit when I was younger, but it was a pain to clear enough snow off to be on them.
    12. I think my fave gifts wound up being a stuffed fox and a little yellow stuffed dinosaur. I dragged them everywhere and they were my bedtime pals for years.
    13. Getting together with family.
    14. Up with the food question.
    15. I suppose it’s us hosting Christmas. There are not many years we didn’t.
    16. I’d enjoy not doing gifts, but I don’t mind buying. I just don’t like blowing a load of money on stuff that might not be liked.
    17. Kissing by the Mistletoe as sung by Joe Williams, but Aretha Franklin’s version is on youtube and very nice too. I also like A Soulin’ by Peter Paul and Mary, and Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens. Oh, and I loved Ren and Stimpy’s Christmas music too.
    18. All I want for christmas is my two front teeth. Gag me.
    19. Muppets’ Christmas Carol.
    20. Um, a wide screen TV (or monitor for movies), a nice little house, and a maid to clean up after me.

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  2. princessxxx said

    1. MARIJUANA
    2. YES, UP MY ASS
    3. NO, LETHAL INJECTION, IT’S MORE HUMANE
    4. TRASH BAGS AND CIGARETTE BUTTS. SERIOUSLY I DO.
    5. WELL, THIS HOLIDAY, IT’S ALL THE WHITE CHICK TIGER WOODS SCREWED. THAT’S DISH.
    6. SMOKING POT WITH MY COUSINS
    7. SAME TIME I LEARNED THERE WAS NO JESUS. I FELT “HOW STUPID ARE THESE MONKEY PEOPLE?”
    8. I OPEN A GIFT AS SOON AS I GET IT.
    9. A SELF SATISFYING SMIRK KNOWING HOW STUPID THE MONKEY PEOPLE ARE.
    10.I CAN TAKE IT FOR A DAY OR TWO. I’M IN FL. SO NO CONCERN HERE.
    11. YES, AND I’M PRETTY DAMNED GOOD
    12. FAVORITE GIFT? I DON’T REMEMBER. IF I HAD ONE I’M SURE I BOUGHT IT FOR MYSELF.
    13. THAT THEY FINALLY COME TO AND END.
    14. PECAN PIE.
    15. HOLIDAY TRADITION? YES, MOCKING BABY JESUS.
    16. SINCE I’M MOSTLY A BOTTOM, RECEIVING.
    17. NONE
    18. ALL
    19. FAV XMAS SHOW, I GUESS THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE ALL THE PHONINESS PUT OUT BY PEOPLE THAT ARE PRETENDING THAT XMAS MEANS ANYTHING AT ALL. LIKE THE LIVE NATIVITY SCENE THAT IS NITELY JUST DOWN THE STREET, WHAT A LAUGH.
    20. WEAPONS. WEAPONS. WEAPONS.

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  3. dorian said

    1. iced eggnog w/ lots of rum and nutmeg.
    2. too lazy to decorate myself but make others do it. no tree this year but lights in the living room where the chimney is supposed to be and colored bulbs around the stairs railing.
    3. nope. and i avoid those things.
    4. like a 5 year old. i usually have someone else do the wrapping.
    5. any animal, roasted.
    6. when my mom gave me money to buy toys for my brothers and sisters (they didn’t live with us and didn’t have much). i’m adopted. long story.
    7. at seven. when my mom mistakenly wrote ” from santa clause” on one of the presents. i looked her in the eye and asked if it really was from santa. she couldn’t look me in the eye and gave a giggle. i was heartbroken. especially because mom misspelled.
    8. i wait until christmas morning to open my gifts to christmas music.
    9. a stupid grin because i’m drinking eggnog for two days. if there’s company, jeans and the good warm sweater,
    10. i love it and leave it in new york.
    11. terribly. i fall down a lot. i grab on to those who skate well. i’m shameless.princess will take me around, yeah?
    12. a huge pile of used comic books tied w/ red ribbon, fr. santa.
    13. food. and memories of past christmases when everybody was alive.
    14. english christmas cake (fruitcake)
    15. inviting people who are alone and nowhere to go for a meal
    16. easy with both. oh, since princess mentioned it- since i’m top, giving.
    17. little drummer boy.
    18. grandma got run over by a reindeer. horrified me as a child, still does. i adored my grandma. minion’s my 2nd least favorite. okay.
    19. charlie brown christmas
    20. 1) a robot butler chef, 2) a new amp, 3) a lifetime no-limit plane ticket to anywhere in the world with no expiration date. companion allowed, hotel rooms and breakfast included.

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    NEXT!
    here, i’ll make it easier for the next person. less scrolling!

    1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
    2. Do you put christmas decorations up? How do you decorate a tree? Colored lights on the tree/house or white?
    3. Do you hang mistletoe?
    4. How do you wrap your presents?
    5. Favorite holiday dish?
    6. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
    7. When did you learn there was no Santa? How did you feel?
    8. Do you open a gift on christmas Eve?
    9. What do you usually wear on christmas day?
    10. Snow! Love it or dread it?
    11. Can you ice skate?
    12. Do you remember your favorite gift?
    13. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you?
    14. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
    15. Do you have a holiday tradition?
    16. Which is easier for you-Giving or Receiving?
    17. Favorite christmas song?
    18. Least favorite christmas song?
    19. Favorite christmas show?
    20. You can have three things from Santa. What would they be? (no world peace, sorry. only material things)

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  4. princessxxx said

    i would love to hold your hand and take you ice skating.

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  5. future american/brit said

    1. I like both but I make a eggnog that I traditionally have at Christmas
    2. Yes, I love to have decorations. Depending on the tree either lights look nice. I have had both. It’s not the same when you’re by yourself. You should have someone to experience it together.
    3. I was hoping to have mistletoe but I was waiting for my special someone.
    4. Love to wrap presents.
    5. A few, my tradional dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberries
    6. Christmas Eve at my grandmas and busias. It was a snowy Christmas Eve, visiting at my Busia’s and her having made her bread for us kids. We used to celetrate Mom’s birthday and Christmas Eve together.
    7. I was naive and very innocent so I was a little older. I so wanted to believe.
    8. No, only at grandmas
    9. Depends if I’m cooking or not. Cooking nothing special, if I go out nicely.
    10. Love to look at it but I don’t like driving in it.
    11. Not very well. I need someone’s hand to help me.
    12. yes
    13. Family, Christmas morning, rushing downstairs to see what you got and see the smiles on the kids faces, Christmas breakfast, steaming cups of flavored coffee, Christmas music, sitting around in your pjs, cuddling with your kids
    14. I have so many hard to say.
    15. Yes
    16. I like to give presents but I really want to get the gift the person really wants. So it’s difficult to make it special. Buying the right gift is truly gratifying.
    17. I have three. O Holy Night and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas and this years special old one, Merry Christmas Darling.
    18. Don’t know. I like most.
    19. Easy. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and Christmas Carol
    20. Santa can’t deliver what I want.

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  6. 1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? I like both. Eggnog is usually only available during this season though, so it has that association. In general though, hot chocolate, and if I absolutely have to pick one or the other, chocolate wins.

    2. Do you put christmas decorations up? How do you decorate a tree? Colored lights on the tree/house or white?
    No. As for the tree, they are beautiful growing out of the ground. It’s a shame so many are cut down for this purpose to become fire hazards and eventually landfill. I do like pretty lights but never put any up. Colored, white, why can’t we all just get along, lol?

    3. Do you hang mistletoe?
    I just got some the other day since my house mate has invited more affection lately. There are physiological and psychological reasons why kissing is not a pleasant sensation for me. This is the story of my life. I love a lot of stuff other people find boring (science, history, comparative mythology), and what most people find exciting and pleasurable (playing or watching sports, having sex) is excruciatingly painful to me.

    4. How do you wrap your presents?
    I usually don’t. Sometimes I do, clumsily. Maybe paper from a newspaper or a brown paper bag if I feel I have to. I do agree purpose-built wrapping paper is prettier, and if I do use that I try to make the images fit the personality or interests of the person getting the gift.

    5. Favorite holiday dish? Marilyn Monroe. j/k I have been fascinated by blondes a long time now though. This reminds me of a parody magazine’s take on the Archie comics. Mad or Cracked or some similar joke magazine once showed how the dark haired girl wanted Archie but he only had eyes for the blonde girl, and the biggest joke was that the way they were drawn they were identical except for hair color. Both girls had the exact same face, body, etc. except for the hair color. WHen the dark haired girl is talking to Archie trying to hit on him, he looks bored, but when Jughead just mentions the blonde Archie’s eyes pop out. I’m kinda like that. My current friend is dark haired though…I have had bad experiences with some blondes and think I might be cured now.

    6. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
    I don’t have any favorite holiday memories. As far back as I can remember, life has been excruciatingly unbearable from physiological and psychological causes and all I’ve ever prayed for every day is for this life to end. I’m 49 now, so don’t have as long to wait. Yay!

    7. When did you learn there was no Santa? How did you feel?
    Whatcha talkin’ ’bout? What do you mean there was no Santa? Santa is REAL! I DO believe in Santa.

    8. Do you open a gift on christmas Eve?
    That was the convention in our household, yes.

    9. What do you usually wear on christmas day?
    Clothes. I don’t dress up fancy if that’s what you mean. These past few years I am usually dressed for comfort, in sweatpants etc. I will put on jeans (I favor black jeans more than blue jeans) sometimes to go shopping or to restaurants.

    10. Snow! Love it or dread it?
    I love snow, but would rather I visit it by my choice rather than have it forced upon where I live.

    11. Can you ice skate?
    No.

    12. Do you remember your favorite gift?
    No.

    13. What is the most important thing about the holidays to you?
    That the weather is frequently too cold or wet for me to ride my bicycle and play guitar at the same time. Extremes of temperature and humidity are not good for the wood of the guitar, and not too healthy for me either. Btw, this also applies to the hottest days of summer when it is too hot and dry to ride and play, but at least in summertime I can ride at night and that is a LOT of fun…less traffic, sometimes the moon, etc.

    14. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
    I don’t have one. I like chocolate cream pies, pecan pies, pumpkin pie can be nice especially with whipped cream, always love ice cream, cookies but not the hard ones, brownies, cakes, etc. I was on the edge of becoming diabetic last year so I have cut back. If I don’t overdo it, then I’ll be able to continue enjoying such treats a while longer.

    15. Do you have a holiday tradition?
    Besides sacrificing a virgin? No.

    16. Which is easier for you-Giving or Receiving?
    Well to give a gift usually requires one have money to buy it, and since I usually don’t have ANY money, duh! I would rather give than receive.

    17. Favorite christmas song?
    Death is the only song I’ve written yet that specifically mentions Christmas. It is about watching one’s parents die, and just before Christmas 2008 I recorded and uploaded a version of it to my web site.

    18. Least favorite christmas song?
    Any of those about Jesus…The santa claus and reindeer songs are okay.

    19. Favorite christmas show?
    I have watched “It’s a wonderful life” many times. I’ve even cried a few times, BUT that show really pisses me off. Think about it, George Bailey has everything going for him: a job, a wife, a family, a home, friend, everybody loves him etc. etc. and he STILL gets suicidal. If someone like that with so much going on wants to die, what chance do ordinary folks have who don’t have ANY of that stuff in their life. Makes me want to jump off a bridge every time I see that movie. Makes me angry at God too. What a crappy movie that is!

    20. You can have three things from Santa. What would they be? (no world peace, sorry. only material things)
    Please Santa help me fix my car, the 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero I got from my late father and drove for thirty years until the summer of 2007 when new meds made me uncoordinated enough to drive it over a curb and mess up the underside including breaking a tranny mount and yokes and bending the driveshaft. There are other things that need fixed, the door hinges to both sides, the bumpers front and back, some body repair to the front and rear right fenders, etc. but it is the driveshaft issue that has kept it parked for a couple years. Oh, and once it is fixed, the second thing would be to help pay for the insurance and registration and fill up the gas tank.

    The third thing I’d like from Santa is some recording time at a professional studio. I’ve written hundreds of songs, some of them are quite good, but have never yet been recorded professionally. Those recordings of a few dozen of my songs posted to my website are crappy amateur recordings of poor sound quality, and besides I play guitar and (especially) sing a LOT better now than when most of them were recorded.

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  7. dorian said

    hey, futureAmerican /brit! thanks for sharing!

    and there’s archie! er TBG…

    and here’s princess dressed up as Snoopy, ice skating with the ADKOB gang

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  8. I might have that Archie parody backwards in my memory. In the real Archie comics, it is the blonde Betty who wants Archie obsessively. Maybe I transposed it in my memory, or maybe that parody magazine did for added comic effect?

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  9. I am pretty sure I remembered it backwards. It was the blonde that was hitting on Archie and he was bored. It was the dark haired one that his eyes bugged out and he started drooling at the mere mention of her name. Like I said, the biggest joke was that the two girls in the parody were drawn exactly the same except for hair color.

    I think the reason I mixed it up in my memory is because if it were me, I *used to be* such that I would always favor the blonde over the dark haired one. Like I said, I think I’m cured now.

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  10. btw, has anyone else really been pissed off by the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life?” God I hate that show. I love Jimmy Stewart though. I hear he was a real good guy in real life. I know the characters he plays always seem like good people.

    As far as acting though, to be a good actor one should be able to convincingly portray a character that is very different from one’s normal self. Take John Wayne for example. In every movie he plays John Wayne. It doesn’t matter if it’s ancient times, Civil War, World War II or whenever. He is always playing the same character. Now I love John Wayne and LIKE his character, but is he really that good an ACTOR if the characters he portrays are always basically the same person only with different names and circumstances?

    One of the all-time WORST casting choices was the one that put John Wayne as Genghis Khan. I just can’t picture Genghis Khan saying “Well howdy, Pilgrim.”

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  11. dorian said

    like in every tom cruise movie, tom cruise plays tom cruise. when i saw him on that matt lauer interview i realized something was not right with the guy. there’s actually a site dedicated to his craziness: Tom Cruise is Nuts
    it’s really funny.

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  12. 1minionsopinion said

    We’re off topic but I find Kevin Costner to be similarly afflicted, and Hugh Grant. One of the best versatile actors has to be John Malkovich. That bugger is in so many movies and can play so many roles, but he never seems to be the same man twice. I think Giovanni Ribisi has the same skill (just saw him in Avatar and had to double-take).

    I never got the thrill of Wonderful Life either. A Christmas classic around here was always Anne of Green Gables and Sound of Music. On every year, like clockwork. Now that I don’t watch television much, I have no idea what shows take over Christmas airwaves anymore.

    I know I get annoyed by the whole Santa Watch thing Christmas Eve, though. Like NORAD is really gonna a track Santa. I’m sure his reindeer fly way below radar…

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  13. when I was growing up as a kid, every year certain networks would play a particular movie, I think about the same time each year. Like clockwork, I could watch The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and of course, God help me, It’s a wonderful life every holiday season (I think that one was played more than once each holiday season, MANY MORE times than just once each holiday season). I even think that there were annual showings of the Beatles Help! and Yellow Submarine movies.

    Of course there were also the charlie brown holiday specials for easter, halloween and christmas (maybe more), and rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, frosty the snowman, etc. all of which were shown ONCE each year if I recall correctly and in a particular order. It is SO cool nowadays that basically anyone can watch anything anytime. Of course back then there was the social factor, that since every kid watched the same show the same night they’d all have something to discuss the next day…still I like the present arrangement better overall.

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  14. Oh I like the movie wonderful life. Small town america of the early to mid twentieth century, that is actually the period of history I am most familiar with. I grew up reading books that were written for kids of the previous generation, so the cars and firetrucks looked older than the ones outside on the street, but the policemen were so friendly and the dogs so cute…I wanted to live in those days!

    It is such a fantasy though, that movie, and like I said, what ticks me off is that George Bailey DARED to feel suicidal when he had SO MUCH going for him that I never had. I have never had friends, my whole life, and still don’t (except for you folks at ADKOB, but not in personal life offline). I am not loved by a whole town (although the past couple years it seems I *am* loved by most of the town I live in now, but they don’t really know me they just see me riding down the street playing guitar). I don’t have a wife who was a childhood sweetheart and wonderful kids (although I do have a daughter from a relationship that didn’t work out and that daughter and I are very close), and…

    oh shoot…it IS a wonderful life dammit. I’m gonna cry now.

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  15. well all those changes in me are from the past decade or so…the daughter, the being accepted by the poeple of the town I live in, etc. Most of the change isn’t necessarily from any outward circumstances, but in my philosophical attitude towards things, shaped greatly by the teachings of zen buddhism and ancient chinese taoism.

    I shared a Taoist story with my doctor last week, and she really liked it. It has helped me cope with things; maybe it will help anyone who reads this? I got it from Alan Watts (love that guy).

    doing this from memory, but here goes:
    There was a Chinese farmer who had a horse. One day it ran off. His neighbors came over to console him on his loss. They said “Oh that’s awful. Your horse ran off.” He said, “Maybe.”

    The next day the horse came back leading seven wild horses with it. The farmer now had EIGHT horses instead of one. The neighbors came over to congratulate him on his good fortune. “Oh how lucky you are.” The farmer said, “Maybe.”

    The following day the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the wild horses when it threw him, breaking the son’s leg. The neighbors said “What a tragic accident. How terrible!” The farmer said, “Maybe.”

    The NEXT day government agents came into town to recruit young men for the army. Because the farmer’s son had a broken leg, he was excused from service. The neighbors came over and said “How wonderful,” and the farmer said, “Maybe.”

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  16. I’m still pissed at George Bailey though…if someone like him can feel suicidal, then ordinary folks most of whom have nowhere near the love he has in his life should all kill themselves immediately, right now. That’s what I get from that movie, overall. God I hate that movie.

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