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Monday, December 03, 2007

Monday Morning Meme

I was tagged by Melody for this Christmas Meme, and since she has good timing, I'm doing it right away:

1. What is your most enduring Christmas memory? Well, there's the second Christmas after we were married. Funny, it was our daughter's first Christmas, but what I remember was that it was the first (and only!) time I hosted a big Christmas party. I made so many Christmas cookies and candies that it took two long tables (a wallpaper table and a camping table, covered with Christmas tablecloths) to hold everything, and there was homemade eggnog and punch as well. We had the apartment all decorated, and I'd made song books of Christmas carols and had a table set with crayons, markers, glitter, and stickers for people to decorate them. And I was even brave enough to play the piano while we sang carols. Obviously, I'd gone insane. Either that, or I used up my party hosting urges for the next couple of decades!

2. Do you have a favourite piece of Christmas music? My absolute favorite is "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, followed immediately by everything else they play, but I like most Christmas music.

3. Do you stick to the old family traditions? Not really old family traditions, but we do stick to the ones we've developed as a family. For example, Christmas Eve: finger foods, stockings, a Christmas movie, driving around looking at lights. And we celebrate St. Nicholas day with putting the shoes in front of the door and filling them with candy & little presents. Here's last year's loot:

4. What makes your mouth water at Christmas time!? Chocolate fudge will do it every time.

5. How soon do you put the Christmas tree up and when do you take it down? Heh. Well, this is a matter of some dispute. Carl thinks the 24th is soon enough to put it up, and that he's being very tolerant to leave it up until New Year's Day. But then he also thinks it's too much trouble to go to for just a week, so I suspect if he had his druthers, he'd skip the whole thing. If I had my druthers, it would go up after Thanksgiving and stay up until Epiphany. Unsurprisingly, what usually happens is somewhere in-between, but there's always a lot of negotiation about it.

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Hey Darla! Thanks for playing. It's fun reading yours. ;)
Darla, that is a wonderful enduring Christmas memory. Sound sweet too :)

About the family tradition, the one where you celebrate St. Nichols day with putting shoes in the front door....isn't that what our Antje do too? I think she has explained this tradition to us at the group emails. I think this is tradition from German way, right? I thought it a great tradition :)

I'm the only one in the family to take the tree down. But it always lot of negotiation with my family as well. My mom seem to always want to take the tree down after Christmas Day..cause she want it down. But I want it to stay until New Years Day. So we always have to make negotiation. And I weren't mind if she take the tree down herself, but she normally don't put the ornaments in it right boxes or take the ribbon garland out of the tree. Or even put the light on the hook tray (neatly) back in it boxes. She just tangle it up, roll it and shove it in the boxes. If she put it all over the places, I can't find the right boxes when I take the tree up again next year and untangle the light is a hard work....*sigh*. You know, I LOVE my mom dearly...but it take lot of explaining for her to finally understand it LOL

Enjoy reading your meme :)
Yes, the St. Nicholas Day is a German thing, so I'm sure Antje's family celebrates it, too. It's fun, because it takes a little of the pressure off, especially when the kids were little--it was so hard waiting for Christmas, so a few weeks before, there's St. Nicholas day, with candy and a little present, and that made it easier for them to wait, and got everybody in the Christmas spirit.

LOL! I see--you just don't want anybody messing up your boxes! You'd hate to see our decorations--the lights are taken care of pretty neatly, and the glass ornaments, but everything else is quite a mess. :)
I love the idea of St. Nicholas Day! This sure make up for all the Christmas waiting worth a while :)

LOL ! I just want to be able to find everything in one place. So I won't have to worry wether if the stuff work or not. The light for example. Or which light is used for the outside and which for the inside...hehehe.

I'm even afraid to look in yourmessy boxes LOL!
I had to run out and dig up some moldy copies of The Waitresses Christmas Wrapping and The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl) Fairytale of New York. Man, December already, and still not ready for Halloween.

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