Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Christmas Meme: Part One

OK, this has been going around. I picked up my copy from KnitThink. It occurs to me that as there are 24 questions I could do this Advent Calendar style, with one answer a day. But since we are already 6 days into the month, I'll start out with 1-6.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. Squarish things get paper. Lumpy things get bags. The squarish things always end up looking sort of lumpy by the time I'm done, so maybe I should switch to the bags altogether.

2. Real or artificial tree? Real. I love the smell when it comes in the house, even though it means finding little needles in the rug for months. Note: though a tree may have at some point grown in the ground, it does not count as real if it has been sheared and spray painted green.

3. When do you put up the tree? My personal theory is that the tree should go up no more than a week before Christmas, and then stay up until Epiphany, on the principle that if you are going to celebrate a liturgical season it should be done according to the established liturgical calendar. Mr S's theory is that a tree should go up as early as possible and come down before school starts again, on the principle that Christmas can't come too soon but let's start the New Year with things in their proper places. So we compromise. Up sometime mid-December and down on New Year's Day.

4. When do you take the tree down? See #3.

5. Do you like eggnog? Love it. I also like Fruit Cake with citron, thank you very much, the denser the better.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? "The Golden Treasury of Poetry" selected and with commentary by Louis Untermeyer, illustrations by Joan Walsh Anglund. This book made poetry a pleasure long before I learned that some people consider it a task. Amazingly, it is still in print, though now titled "The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry". If you have any youngsters on your list....

That's it for the first installment. Feel free to discuss among yourselves.......


Anonymous said...

Poetry! What a great gift! I love poetry, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I came to appreciate it. No one introduced me to it as a child, sadly.

I've never liked fruitcake, but I may never have had a good one. I ran across some discussions on Chowhound recently about the best ways to make fruitcake, and it sounds like the ones I've had have been badly done.

YarnThrower said...

Our tree almost always stays up until Epiphany -- we put a star on top of it, and so it makes sense for the star to stay up until the wise men have traipsed through... I like to get it up early, though, soon after Advent begins, because it seems like a lot of work to only be up for a few days... Can't say I share your appreciation for fruit cake. So very fun to read what you wrote today (and most days, too)!

Elizabeth said...

I enjoy fresh home made fruit cake.

If the entire tree decision rested with me, I would put it up about mid-December and take it down around New Year's Day. My husband and kids all want the tree ASAP every year. Years like this one, when Thanksgiving was kind of early, are really hard.