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December 2002
1Winding Down // Ms. Fix-it
2Winter Wonderland
3Tuesday Tidbits and Soupsicles
4Care Bears and Christmas Preparations
5Holiday Favorites Survey
6i treasure every gifty // Sending Christmas Cards
7Sunshiny Saturday // Oh Doe...Dot a code id by doze....
8Restless Night
9(S)ick with the annual "itis"
10Forget "Chicken Soup"....
11Don't bother me, i'm taking a sick day
12A Thank You Note (and a reply)
13Friday Night Fluff
14Dreams are not enough
15 Drizzly, Dark, and Dreary
16The Baking Elf Arrives
17Quote Du Jour // Quiet Day, Quiet Night, Quiet Feeling
18Peaceful Solitude // Christmas Gift Dilemma
19Quote Du Jour // Merrily i roll along......
20Screw the Balls...and other Christmas Traditions // New Journalist
21Solstice
22Baccala and Christmas Themes // Just a big kid
23Quote Du Jour // What do you do with a Drunken Aussie?
24Last night's email correspondence // Quote Du Jour Holiday Wishes // One More Sleep Till Christmas
25A Very White Christmas
26Old Friends and other stuff
27Nothing much
28A Garbo Night
29Best of Both Worlds // The MochaMobile
30Christmas Came Again
31New Year's Eve Traditions New and Old


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Holiday Favorites Survey
December 5, 2002

COOKIE:
Grandma's butterball cookies. And strufoli. And Karen's "Casserole cookies". And....well, never mind...i never met a Christmas cookie i didn't like!!!

CANDY:
Fudge, of course...it's CHOCOLATE!!!

MAIN COURSE:
This is a tough one. It's not so much a "course", as it is an entire feast that is my favorite. We always had a huge seafood dinner on Christmas Eve (weren't supposed to eat meat). We'd have 4 kinds of fritters, and lobster fra diavolo, and stuffed squid, and squid over pasta (like white clam sauce, only with squid), salad, baccala...it was the single most fabulous meal of the entire year! Christmas dinner itself was nothing compared to Christmas Eve dinner!

STORE:
Borders Books & Music. Though frankly, i prefer to shop online and avoid all stores as much as possible this time of year. i used to love to look at Lord & Taylor's window in Manhattan....they always had the nicest Holiday displays.

COLOR OF OUTDOOR LIGHTS:
Multi-colored. i love lots of color!!

TYPE OF TREE:
Green? i've had the same fake one since our first Christmas in 1980. It's a bit lopsided now (more like a 3/4 tree), since part of it broke off two years ago. i do love the aroma of real trees though, and miss going to Grandma's, cause they always had a real tree.

COLOR LIGHTS ON TREE:
Same as outdoor lights: Multi-colored. i love lots of color!!

TREE TOPPER:
A gold tinsel-y, lighted star. Our original one died last year, and i cried. How could i not feel sentimental over Mr. Birnbaum's "shhtarrh" that i bought 20+ years ago? H bought a new, somewhat smaller but similar one to replace it.

ORNAMENTS or BALLS:
Sure. We used to buy a new ornament every year. i also used to get some as gifts from the kids in my class...i love the variety, and the sentimental quality of lots of different, personally meaningful ornaments. Whatever their shape.

GARLAND or TINSEL:
As a kid, it was always tinsel. Then we got a dog, switched to garland, and now, i have some tinsel garland that i love.

HIDING PLACE FOR GIFTS:
In the basement, with my craft stuff.

BEST TOY YOU EVER GOT FOR CHRISTMAS:
Raggedy Ann. i wanted her so much that year. It was really all i wanted. i opened all my other gifts, and was sure i wasn't going to get them. i was heartbroken. Then Dad handed me a box the size of a clothing box. And inside was not only Raggedy Ann....but Andy, too!!!! i still feel just as thrilled and happy remembering it, as i did when i opened the box!

THING TO WEAR TO BED CHRISTMAS EVE:
A flannel nighty...same as most winter nights

TIME YOU GOT UP CHRISTMAS MORNING AS A KID:
probably between 5 and 6am. Of course, Dad didn't get up that early. Poor Mom would have to keep my brother and i contained till 7 or so, when Dad finally couldn't stand it, and got up.

TIME YOU GOT UP CHRISTMAS MORNING LAST YEAR:
10 or 11am

DO YOU ENJOY SENDING OUT CHRISTMAS CARDS:
Yes, unless i wait too long and feel rushed and pressured.

HOW DO YOU DISPLAY THE CARDS YOU RECEIVE?:
i tape them to the kitchen window frame.


HOT CHOCOLATE, EGG NOG or APPLE CIDER:
Sure...what've you got?? No coffee? (eggnog lattes are great. So, believe it or not, are gingerbread lattes)

ALCOHOLIC DRINK:
My dad used to make Brandy Alexanders on Christmas Eve. Grandma would let us have a sip of hers. When we were older, Dad would give us each a shot glass (mostly it was the foam, with very little of the drink. All the better to get us to go to bed!! LOL) That's the only alcoholic beverage i've ever associated with Christmas. Now, i don't drink.

DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY IN YOUR HOME?:
Absolutely. A handmade paper mache one that my Mom made for us.

HOLIDAY SONG:
i can't pick just one. i enjoy most of the traditional songs (don't like too many of the "modern" remakes) But the ones i never tire of, and look forward to hearing the most are: Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel; We Three Kings; I'll Be Home For Christmas (that one always makes me cry); and it's just not really Christmas till i hear The Chipmunk Song

HOLIDAY MOVIE:
Miracle on 34th Street.

BEST HOLIDAY EPISODE OF A TV SHOW YOU EVER SAW:
Can't think of a single one.

BEST HOLIDAY TV SPECIAL YOU EVER SAW:
A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The skating walruses on The Claymation special make me laugh so hard i nearly wet myself every time i see them.

DO YOU WRAP THE GIFTS YOU PUT IN A STOCKING:
No

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THERE WAS NO SANTA CLAUS?:
i don't remember. Probably around 5 or 6

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT?:
Probably in school.

HOW DID YOU TAKE THE NEWS?:
i don't remember. i'll have to ask my mom.

DO YOU GO TO CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS EVE/CHRISTMAS MORNING?:
As a child, it was Mass on Christmas day. We did go to Midnight Mass a few times, too. i don't go to church now, period. Lately, i've been feeling i'd rather celebrate Yule, than Christmas. i just don't believe in the Christian meaning the way i used to.

WHEN DO YOU TAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS DOWN?:
My parents always left them up till Jan 6th, which Grandma called "Little Christmas". Our wedding anniversary is Jan 10, so we leave them up till after then. (the year we got married, we left on our honeymoon on the 12th, were gone for 5 days, and the decorations didn't get taken down till almost February!!) Now, it's around Jan 12th, depending on how lazy i feel....i love putting them UP...i just hate the work of taking them DOWN!! Smile
 
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