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Christmas Day and Tag

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007


Quote of the Day: “About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”

- Herbert Hoover

Christmas morning isn’t quite as spectacular as it was when I was a kid or when my kids were, well, kiddier.

Don’t get me wrong, it was nice. It was Christmas morning after all but the kids are teenagers now so that means one thing: sleeping in. They stayed up late playing with their presents so naturally, the morning was not full of the patter of little feet but the snoring of little lazies.

To be honest, it was pretty much like a weekend morning where I wake up at 0700 no matter how late I WANT to sleep and then I turn the coffee on and get on the computer to see what’s going on in the world, write some, read some, and basically wallow in the Matrix while everyone else snoozes.

Since everything is closed on Christmas Day, we all had a guilt-free day at home to do whatever. The kids played with their video games, surfed the net, and watched TV. I did more than my normal vegetation in front of the computer, and Carrie watched TV and read.

We would wander together every few hours and it was just a good day to flow from “our own thing” to “family time.”

Because of our travel fiasco, we did not get home in time to get a frozen turkey for Christmas dinner. It would not have thawed in time so the only unfrozen turkey Carrie could find was a big old breast. It wasn’t quite the same but we had all the fixin’s for my twice-per-year turkey extravaganza. I don’t do ham so Thanksgiving and Christmas is the turkey time for me.

I know, not all that “storybook” but that was our Christmas. Sometimes the best time is when we do nothing and are able to have our own time between coming together.

Merry Christmas and here is a rare tag from me.

This could only be interesting to those of you that actually know me.

Even then…

1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Wrapping, even though I suck donkey at it. I use pounds of tape and still have gaps.

2. Real or artificial tree?
Artificial. We’ve had one for years. No dead/brittle pine needles. No fire hazard. No pitch on the hands. No dog drinking the water at the base. If I want the smell, I’ll use incense!

3. When do you put up the tree?
Well, CARRIE puts it up the day after Thanksgiving after she washes the dried blood from her clothes from Black Friday.

4. When do you take the tree down?
CARRIE takes it down on New Year’s Day without the exuberance that the kids helped with putting it up.

5. Do you like eggnog?
It might be the most vile semi-liquid on the face of the planet. Just….huuuuwg.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My God, nothing comes to mind. That is just sad.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
A few. One of them sports a broken staff that Joseph is holding.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Sheets for a size of bed we didn’t even have.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Both but the main is the enormity of our Christmas mailing list.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?
Rudolph, of course. Duh! Oops, that’s not a movie…OK, I’ll go with … the new Grinch one with Jim Carrey although that’s just because nothing else really comes to mind. On a related note, I still have not seen “Miracle on 32nd Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Also, I thought I loved “The Christmas Story” until I rewatched it the other day with my kids and I realized it kind of sucked.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Mainly only shop for the wife but this year, I did it two weeks before Christmas so in guy-time, that’s like Summer!

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Chocolate Turtles. I eat all of them until I puke. Merry Christmas.

13. Clear lights or colored?
Why do we have to bring race into this? (Colored)

14. Favorite Christmas song?
Little Drummer Boy. Par-rup-a-pum-pum, baby. I guess I can kind of relate to the “I have nothing to give…” line as a kid.

15. Travel at Christmas or stay at home?
Prefer to stay home but we sometimes brave the crowds and weather by going back to Seattle.

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
If some of them want new names.

17. Angel or star on the top of your tree?
Angel who always looks in danger of testing her flying ability.

18. Open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Yeah, right. Like given the choice, I would wait until morning. Christmas Eve without a moment of consideration.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Advertising. Do they really think we are that stupid? They suck the joy right away.

20. What do you leave for Santa?
A Buster attack if he tries to shimmy his fat ass down our chimney.

21. Least favorite holiday song?
That stupid “Santa Baby” song sung all high-pitched with a Jersey accent. I think it was Madonna a few years back.

22. Do you decorate your tree with any specific theme or color?
No, we mainly use ornaments with pictures and past years’ reminders.

23. Favorite ornament?
A felt bell with my wife’s picture. She made it when she was in grade school and going through her awkward years. I put it front and center each year…and laugh my ass off.

Free Advice for Today: “Use credit cards only for convenience, never for credit.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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