Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Random Christmas Hoopla!

Jennifer has tagged me to play . . .The Random Christmas Hoopla!Here goes:

1. List 12 random things about yourself that have to do with Christmas

2. Please refer to it as a 'hoopla' and not the dreaded 'm'-word (which, for you bloggy newbies, is meme)

3. You have to specifically tag people when you're done. None of this "if you're reading this, consider yourself tagged" stuff is allowed...then nobody ends up actually doing it. The number of people who you tag is really up to you -- but the more, the merrier to get this 'hoopla' circulating through the blogosphere.

4. Please try and do it as quickly as possible. The Christmas season will be over before we know it and I'd like to get as many people involved as possible.

12 Random Christmas Things About Me...

1. I love Christmas and it really annoys me that everywhere I look I see Happy Holidays. I am a Christian and I will always proudly say Merry Christmas. According to a 2001 American Religious Identification Survey, 80% of Americans are Christians. If there are so many Christians in America then why are we all saying Seasons Greetings?

2. I must confess that I had to do something this Christmas that I am not proud of. We had to send out Christmas cards this year that said Seasons Greetings on them instead of Merry Christmas. Every year we use Portrait Innovations to get our Christmas picture taken and we have them print up our Christmas cards while we are there. There are about 25 backgrounds you can choose from for the cards and only TWO of them...TWO! said Merry Christmas. The two that said Merry Christmas were really ugly...one had a lime green background and the other was blue with a snowman (I think).

I know. I am a hypocrite. I caved and went with Season's Greetings because the background went really well with our picture. My husband was so distraught over this that we printed out stickers that said Merry Christmas and put those on the envelopes. Next year, I think we are just going to wear lime green so that our outfits will match the Merry Christmas background.

3. I was raised as a Moravian and one of my favorite memories as a little girl is the Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Light service. It is a beautiful service and I highly recommend anyone living near a Moravian church to attend this year. I am a Catholic now and a little part of me will always miss the Moravian service.

4. When I was a preteen our church had a live outdoor Nativity pageant for maybe 4 years. It lasted for 5 nights each Christmas and we performed it 6 times each night. I loved participating in that. I was always an angel. I guess some things never change!

5. Opening the gifts in our stockings was always something that we did last in our house as a child. It was almost like an afterthought. My husband's family always opens them first and the presents in the stockings are almost as good as the "real" presents. His sister, especially, puts a lot of time and thought into picking out special little gifts for each stocking.

6. When I was little Santa always left our presents wrapped. I was horrified when I grew up and learned that in many households he leaves the unwrapped. My husband's gifts were always unwrapped and he is very annoyed when I insist on wrapping the kid's presents.

7. I love Christmas decorations. I love to look at them in the store and in magazines but I don't have a lot of them at home. We have a tree and the outside of our house is decorated but that's about it. It seems like sooooo much work and expense for just a few weeks out of the year to do much more than that. It 's because I'm so practical...or lazy....

8. I like to see snow on the ground on Christmas day but growing up in the south it never happened. But now that we visit my husband's family in Massachusetts there is always a good chance! Last year it actually snowed on Christmas day and right now they have at least a foot or more on the ground! I bought mittens and hats for the kids today because I know we will be playing in it!

9. I prefer gift wrapped presents to gift bags but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. And I would never turn a down a Christmas gift because it was in a gift bag. I just think it is more fun to unwrap something than to pull it out of a bag.

10. I always put money in the Salvation Army bucket every time I see one at Christmas.

11. My husband and I both love the smell and look of a real tree but for practical purposes have had a fake one for the last 7 years. My husband has said, at least 100 times this year, Geez, I sure wish we had a live tree. I've got a feeling we may be getting a live tree next year.

12. My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy. It gives me chills whenever I hear it.

I'm glad I'm at 12 because I can't think of another thing to say!

All right Honey , and Page you guys are next!


Grandma T said...
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jennwa said...

Angel, you make me laugh. Just kidding. I love your list and your right those cards at Portrait Innovation were ugly. I swear it is a conspiracy. But I did write Merry Christmas on the back because I too felt guilty about using the Happy Holidays thing.

Corey~living and loving said...

Great list. :)

You know I was thinking about why I use Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings, and Happy Holidays almost interchangably....I suppose, I know what I beleive, but I respect what others beleive as well. I wish peace, love and joy to everyone, and saying Happy Holiday's doesn't take away from MY Christmas, but honors others as well. I don't refrain from saying Merry Christmas. I just use the others as well.

not arguing with you...just thinking aloud. You just got me thinking about why I use all three phrases, and what I feel about it.

Merry Christmas to you too!

grandma_t said...

This was a sweet trip down Memory Lane....it brought tears to my eyes! And the "Merry Christmas" on the outside of your Christmas card envelope was a nice touch! And a very Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pam said...

I am with you 100% on the Merry Christmas thing. I have been getting my kids to wish everyone in the stores a Merry Christmas, even if they said otherwise to us.

I don't know much about proper Santa etiquitte, but according to the movie, Santa Baby, which we watched the other night, Santa's elves DO wrap the presents.

We have a candle light service every year at UGBC. It was the other day, but you might enjoy it next year!

I applaud you for making the trip up to MA every year. We have not driven it with kids yet. My parents come down a couple times a year since it is easier for them to travel at this point than us. It would be nice to see (and play in) the snow, though.