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Stolen from ladyoneill who apparently stole it from pfeifferpack!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg nog, the noggier the better. We use my great-grandmother Mamo's recipe which has whiskey, rum AND bourbon. Mamo was quite a woman.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrap, always. No fun without the mystery!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Spouse likes colored and I like white, so we alternate years.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I would if I could but it seems hard to find around here.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually no later than the end of the first week of December (we put the tree up last night and are decorating tonight).

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? See #1 above. Also my grandmother's homemade fudge, which I make every year. So sweet it makes your teeth ache but soooo chocolatey good.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? They all sort of run together, but I do remember when my brother and I were little Mom would put us to sleep in the same bed Christmas Eve and we'd lie awake wondering and guessing what the morning would bring.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? No clue.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, the rule is it has to be the smallest one, unless the giver says "No, that one's too expensive, pick a different one" LOL!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lights, ornaments, gold fluffy rope. We also buy one ornament together each year and label that with the year; those get special attention. Then there are the falling-apart pinecone reindeer etc. from when each of us were kids.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? LOVE IT!! (Given where I live, I'd better...)

12. Can you ice skate? I did once and it was OK.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? OK, sit down for this: I actually got a pony one year. Best. Present. Ever. Unfortunately I also had a violent case of the stomach flu that year and every time I left the horizontal position I barfed, so I didn't get to actually see it until Dec 26th!

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Family, no question.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? My mom used to embark on enormous holiday baking orgies: snowballs, thumbprint cookies, sugar cookies, gingersnaps, fudge, divinity, homemade peanut butter balls, chocolate drop cookies...I don't think I could choose.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Our tree decorating. We haul out the three tubs of lights and ornaments, plus the Christmas pillows, the Christmas pictures, the Christmas tableware, the giant mildly creepy-looking Santa and the jingle bells for the door. Then we put on our Santa hats, make a giant pot of hot chocolate with generous lashings of peppermint schnapps, and decorate while watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ("Save the neck for me, Clark!").

17. What tops your tree? Gold light-up star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving.

19. Candy Canes? Yuk. They get instantly sticky and attract dog hair, cat hair and assorted colors of lint. (Wow, what does that say about my housekeeping...)

20. Favorite Christmas show? How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy. And Rudolph.

21. Saddest Christmas Song? The Gift, sung by Aselin Debison. I completely lose it every time I hear this.

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? O Come All Ye Faithful, if it's in Latin. In English, Good King Wenceslas. Alternatively, just about anything played by a brass ensemble. I loves me some horns.

Hey, that's only 22 questions! There should be 25. I will add three more:

23. Christmas morning: up at the crack of dawn, or sleep in? As long as it's light outside, I'm good to go.

24. Do you send actual paper Christmas cards? Yes! For me this is one of the best parts of Christmas. If I have time (which I haven't the last few years) I make my own. (I know, how Martha Stewart is that? But give me scissors, glitter, felt, ribbon, and glue and I go wild.)

25. Strangest place you've ever spent Christmas (Eve or Day, your choice)? On a railroad siding outside Whitefish, Montana. I was on Amtrak, en route to Washington state to see my mom and stepdad and it was so cold the rails cracked. We had to wait for them to be repaired and it took a really long time. Luckily I had my penny whistle so I could play Christmas carols!

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