Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mindless Holiday Meme

1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate? Unequivically Egg Nog. Hot Chocolate is ok, but I am morally opposed to those little marshmallows.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Um, I guess he just puts them under the tree. I haven't ever really noticed.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? White or maybe solid blue.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nah.
5. When do you put your decorations up? Whenever we can get to it. Never before the Friday after Thanksgiving and they come the hell down the day after Christmas - no ifs, ands or buts. Take 'em down and pack 'em up. Put the balls in the closet and the tree back in the coffin.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Hot rolls, mashed potatoes and the sweet potato casserole with the pecans and brown sugar on top. (Hi. My name is spookyrach and I'm a carboholic.)
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? All those great meals, crowed around my grandparents big, square dining table.

8. When or how did you learn the truth about Santa? I didn't ever actually believe in Santa.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yep. Sometimes all of 'em. Then we spend Christmas with Jackson's family and my family gets together for Christmas on New Year's. Dad always has to work on Christmas anyway.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? We have the coolest Christmas tree around. For years and years, my friend Janet has been buying me an ornament for my birthday in January. The first one she gave me was Wonder Woman. Now I have Superman, Catwoman, Batman, the Incrrdible Hulk, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman from Casablanca, Captain Picard (cause every tree needs a sexy bald guy), Princess Leia, R2D2, Darth Vader's ship, the Tasmanian Devil, the Flash, the Wicked Step Mother from Snow White (I thought that one was especially appropriate), Krusty the Clown, Scooby Doo and a few others I'm probably forgetting. I get to open my ornament present on my birthday and get all excited about it. Then I pack it up with the others and forget about it until Christmas when I get to open it and get all excited all over again. It's a double duty gift!
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love it. I don't mind driving in the snow as long as their aren't a lot of other idiots out on the road, mucking things up.
12. Can you ice skate? I don't know, I've never tried.
13.Have you ever fallen on the ice? Oh yeah. Repeatedly.
14. Do you remember your favorite gift? Jackson gave me three snazzy gargoyles the first year we were married. That was cool. When I was a kid I got a frisbee with a hole in the center. That sucker flew farther and faster than any plastic disc before or since. I still have it. I hoard it in a box in the closet and don't let anyone else play with it. Heh.

15. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Finding a good Christmas card picture.
16. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Lemon Chess Pie.
17. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I guess it would be the Christmas on New Year's thing. Saves us from trying to determine who's going where when.
18. What tops your tree? A sparkly star.
19. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I like 'em both. I really love it when I can find the exact, perfect, most coolest gift ever for someone. That is a lot of fun.
20. What is your favorite Christmas Song? I love O Holy Night when it's done well. Any of the old songs in minor keys are good. I really enjoy congregational singing of Christmas music in church. I pretty much despise most other Christmas music. I don't want to hear it on the radio. I don't want to hear it from the soprano soloist or the impressive ensemble in church. I don't want to hear it in the grocery store or the doctor's office. If I am elected president, I will ban Away in a Manger, Silent Night and Sleigh Ride. Absolutely. Christmas music is best when sung by a group of untrained amateurs. It is a participatory sport. Otherwise, it sucks. (Well, except for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Went to see them a couple of weeks ago and that was totally incredible. But, even with them, my favorite part of the show was after the sappy Christmas story, when they just starting playing kick-ass music. I wish they would do a Halloeen CD...)
21. CANDY CANES!! YUCK OR YUM?? Vast ambivalence on this issue.
22.What is your favorite Christmas movie? ~steps back up on the soap box~ I hate Christmas moves. I really, really do. I am such a scrooge about it. Yes some of them are funny. And some of them are touching. But, damn, I don't like to be touched. For the most part, they are stitled, affected and heavily cheezed.
23. Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman or Charlie Brown? Charlie Brown. That is the one Christmas show I will sit down and watch. I do love me some scrawny Christmas tree and some rich jazz.


Esperanza said...

Lemon chess pie. Yum. I don't find many other people who know what it even is.

Anonymous said...

I was gonna say how much I love Christmas music and Christmas movies, but now that I see the first comment, all I can think about is the great Chocolate Chess Pie I made as my daughter's request for Thanksgiving. Oh, yeah.

Captainwow said...

bah! I'm the same way with candy canes... ambivalent. They always look good then I buy them and suck on one for about five minutes... then I'm good to go for another year.

One time I stood up at a big company Cmas party (I was MCing) and I said "OK, I'm going to sing Oh Holy Night now."
And everyone got really quiet and listened. I was like "I'm KIDDING!!" And they didn't get it they were all "No, really! I LOVE that song!" (we were maybe a little drunk) It was very awkward and weird. I did not sing it. Someone asked me two weeks later what the deal was.... still awkward!!!

OK so enough about me, I liked YOUR meme! a am among those who don't know what lemon chess pie is. Does it have a rook and a bishop hiding in it somewhere and whoever finds them and chips a tooth gets good luck for 7 years?

SpookyRach said...

Ohhhh. I never had Chocolate Chess pie. I bet that is some kinda good.

I don't really know what it is myself, CaptainWow. It's thick and creamy, thicker than pudding pie filling. Its just freakin' buttery goodness in a crust. Yuuuum.

Esperanza said...

I'm no expert, and I've never had chocolate chess either.

My grandmother (a verified expert) makes hers with lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, and I think cornmeal is the magic ingredient.

I've never had a buttermilk pie, but I think they are similar.

Cowtown Pattie said...

I make a killer Jefferson Davis pie, and a vinegar pie. Yes, I said vinegar. (only 2 tablespoons)

Just had a nice slice if lemon chess pie today for lunch - it was amazing. Get it from a little hole in the wall diner on Vickery Street - Swiss Pastry Shoppe.

jonboy said...

So that's what happened to that frisbee. I constantly scan toy departments to see if I can find one anywhere and I never have. "Disc golf" has become such a craze among younger people, and they constantly talk about which brand disc or what weight to buy, and I just think of that frisbee with the hole in the center and know that it would put all of their little specially made 'discs' to shame.