Motherhood, insanity and everyday life.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

25 Christmas Things About Me

I'm finished wrapping and I'm starting my weekend with some just-for-fun holiday shopping with a friend. While I'm gone, enjoy this little list!

1. I open Christmas gifts (from immediate family) on Christmas morning. I cannot imagine doing it any other way.
2. I do not have the ability to sleep past 6:00 am on Christmas morning. When I was younger, it was 4:00 am. In fact I have always awakened before my children. As you can tell, I’ve improved…and yet I’m still a child.
3. I believed very strongly in Santa until the age of seven when my mother sat me down and told me to be sure not to “ruin it” for my younger sister.
4. When my kids were younger, I used to address their gifts from Santa with my left hand so they couldn’t recognize my handwriting.
5. For Christmas every year, we have Beef Wellington, which my mom has to help me prepare because I am so hopeless in the kitchen.
6. The song “O Holy Night” makes me cry whenever it’s sung well.
7. Then I heard this version…and I cried for a different reason.
8. The song “Angels We Have Heard On High” makes me impatient. The words should be Gloria in Excessive Deo. Seriously, that tune never ends.
9. I don't think I have ever wassailed. I have no idea what it means.
10. I never want to know what someone has given me before I have opened it. That would ruin everything.
11. When carolers come to our door (which they haven’t since 1972), at first, it’s cool. Then it’s just annoying. I have no idea what to do. It’s like standing directly in front of the band at a concert. I need personal space when someone is singing to me.
12. I still have a bit of Yuletide Greetingitis. I’m always afraid I’ll wish someone the wrong thing – i.e. Merry Christmas and they’re Jewish or Happy Holidays and they’re devoutly Christian.
13. I feel guilty writing “Merry Xmas.” I cannot do it.
14. I’m usually ready to take down our tree and decorations by December 26th.
15. Every year, I make a batch of Grandma Weezie’s Eggnog. (That’s my mother-in-law.) It’s amazing, dangerously caloric and so packed full of booze it should be illegal.
16. For me, it’s not about the gift, it’s about the effort. Not that you saw something and thought I would like it, but that you thought about something I liked and then went to find something related. Even misplaced effort is good. Really.
17. I admit it, I send out a Christmas letter thingy. In fact this year, there was just a letter and no card. I’m sure many hate me for this and I’m sorry.
18. The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is the best Christmas album ever.
19. I think people that leave their holiday lights up past January 31st should be ticketed. Seriously.
20. Christmas is way more stressful and way more fun when you share it with little kids.
21. We have an artificial tree. The last year that we had a real tree, when Christmas was over, it was too wide to get through almost any of our doors, except the sliding doors to our deck. My husband finally launched the tree off the deck (from the 2nd floor) and it ended up upside down in a snow bank where it sat for a month.
22. My favorite Christmas move is “Elf.” My second favorite is “Home Alone.” Both are brilliant, in my opinion.
23. For the second year in a row, I have written a letter from Santa to my sister’s 2nd grade class. (She’s a teacher.) Apparently, I am very good at this. Now, if I could only turn it into cash.
24. Although I adore Christmas morning, nothing beats the anticipation of Christmas Eve, especially sitting around watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
25. On Christmas morning, like many American families, we like to watch the Yule Log on TV while we open our presents.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays to you and your family!


At 10:07 PM , Blogger utenzi said...

Hi Karen, Michele sent me over.

I'd like to focus on #15. It's not fair that you describe the eggnog so well and then don't give us the recipe. :-p

I like both Elf and Home Alone though I can't stand Mac Culkin. He's just annoying! He was good in those movies tho. I can't stand It's a Wonderful Life tho. Nasty economics there.

Happy Holidays! LOL Merry Christmas too (no X)

At 7:39 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I like getting Christmas newsletters...almost as much as cards, actually. Does that make me weird?
I liked your list. I'm impressed, too...I'm not sure I could come up with 25 things!!
Michele sent me. I hope you have a great Christmas!!! ( I allowed to say that here?)

At 7:41 AM , Blogger Soj said...

I'll focus on #10. I, too, LOVE the element of surprise, and don't want to know what I am getting. In fact, my family draws names, and I don't even like to know who got my name! I also agree about Christmas EVE...I think it might be the best part about Christmas.

I love the idea of this post, I might just steal it!

Hi from Michele's, by the way.

At 3:07 PM , Blogger barbie2be said...

merry chrismakwanazica!

michele sent me.

At 5:40 PM , Blogger kenju said...

An interesting and excellent list, Karen. Have a good shopping weekend!

At 5:46 PM , Blogger Catherine said...

I like Christmas letters, and our tree stays up way past the 26th (but it doesn't go up until well after the 20th :) )
The twelve days of Christmas runs till January 6th, which I believe is the "correct" day to take down the tree.
It's funny that blogger wouldn't let you comment on my post, it seems to be OK the other way round.
Michele sent me

At 9:58 PM , Blogger Em said...

I just found your blog tonight by looking at new names on Michele's site. And I totally love your '25'. We've got some similarities there. I'll be back to read more of your writing!

At 10:40 PM , Blogger Catherine said...

Michele sent me back again. I played "that" song, and I thought it wasn't too bad - for a while. You're right, it gets worse. And worse!

At 10:47 PM , Blogger Joe said...

Great list!

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

At 11:17 PM , Blogger Azgreeneyes said...

Love your list! Love #21, we have an artificial tree, but only because I refused to set up/take down a real one. I do not mess with the lights, so our artificial is even pre lit, and I love it!

Here via Michele's

At 11:22 PM , Blogger Marisa said...

Merry Christmas to you too Karen! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

And sorry, but I just can't stop the Bears! ;)

At 7:06 AM , Anonymous Claire said...

We always open our gifts on Christmas morning aswell! And to not get fed up of the tree and decorations by boxing day we put them up pretty today!

At 9:18 AM , Blogger Zephra said...

Merry Christmas to you. I really enjoyed your list.

At 3:07 PM , Blogger Jess Riley said...

I just heard about that Yule Log channel! I must find it.

You know, last year one of my aunts forced me and my cousins (and grandma and other aunts) to go caroling in her neighborhood. I mouthed the lyrics because my voice could peel paint from a car.

And believe it or not, I was too humiated to even blog about this incident.

At 1:23 AM , Blogger Swishy said...

Whatever, I love Christmas letters! I'm disappointed when I DON'T get one! Even the annoying ones!

At 12:36 AM , Blogger Tonikka said...

WHAT???? THERE IS NO SANTA??? know i never thought to write with my left hand for the "from santa" gifts, maybe next year i will have to start as my 9 yr old asked me this year how come his(being santa) writing looks like a girls writing.....uh oh i thought... so now i have a new thanks


At 8:34 PM , Blogger Shephard said...

Have you heard Josh Groban's "O Holy Night?" It's my favorite.
Leaving lights up all-year-round in Los Angeles is not uncommon. They leave them up, and turn them off for a year. It looks awful.
We loved Elf and Home Alone. :) Anything to get us in the holiday spirit. :)


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