Holiday Preparations and Traditions

I think I've hit my limit tonight. After coming home from 1/2 day at the office today I started cleaning/cooking. So far I have the pies done and the sweet potato casserole, and I have the table set. I also have some of the cleaning done but not near enough. However, I think I'm quitting for tonight and I'll get up and start working in the morning although Larry and I are sleeping in. I should still have about 2 hours to clean after getting up and around before company comes. Or should I say after "family" comes. T and Misty and the kids are coming. Yeah! I wish all the staff could come but all the rest are with their biological families. :-)

Larry rented us a movie to see tonight, Take the Lead. I'm getting ready to warm up a scone for myself and some tea and sit down here with him to watch it. The boys went to Steven's tonight so we just have SR. She's been helping me with pies, giving Geena a bath, and cleaning her room.

I got this questionnaire from another pastor’s wife and thought I’d answer it for fun for all of you out there who give a rip about my Christmas traditions:

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Usually hot tea or coffee.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? He absolutely wraps them.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Colored. I think it’s a more old fashioned look, and it reminds me of when I grew up. White lights just weren’t in back then…I’m a child of the 60’s/70’s.
4 . Do you hang mistletoe? I really don’t need it. My husband and I make out all the time without it around so what in the world would we do WITH it?
5. When do you put your decorations up? The day after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Stuffing and my sweet potato casserole. I can’t just pick one. My favorite food (all year round) is mashed potatoes. But I don’t consider that my favorite holiday food since I have it all the time.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child: Singing Christmas carols either at church or out in the neighborhood. And our Christmas programs/concerts at school.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I never believed Santa brought the presents as a child…I always just thought he was a figure like Mickey Mouse.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, we usually always do. Everyone in our family opens one.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Our tree is full of 20 years of memories. Nothing matches. It’s a “family tree” with ornaments given to us by friends and family, and homemade ornaments from the kids.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? At Christmas time love it, but I’m so glad to be a Floridian now. I don’t like dealing with it year round.
12. Can you ice skate? Yes. I love skating.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Wow…picking one of of 40 Christmases is kind of hard…but it would probably honestly be the first year my husband got to be with me on Christmas and did not have to work another job on Christmas day as he did our first two years in ministry.
14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Enjoying every single minute of it as much as I can. I watched one of my closest friends pass away twelve years ago now, and seeing his face as he realized it was his last Christmas…was a very difficult thing. I determined then never to take it for granted.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Absolutely Pumpkin Pie. (“There’s a happy feeling nothing in this world can buy…as they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie! It’d nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives…these wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives…”)
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Going to Chinese with my family on Christmas Eve. Also taking some extra time to snuggle with my darling Larry.
17. What tops your tree? An angel
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving. Nothing makes me happier than giving to people. I wish I could do it so much more than I do. I always pray that God would give me more and more so I can give more and more. I have big dreams of what I want to give the people around me.
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? hymn? O Little Town of Bethlehem and The Birthday of a King.
20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? I like looking at them and decorating my tree with them, but not eating them.