‘Tis the season

I suppose ’tis is short for it is. Then shouldn’t it be ‘t’s or ‘t’is? I can’t stand messed up marks in shortened words. Someone at work kept using 06′ in a report like he was signing a high school yearbook. The worst one is lil, which I’m not even going to try to do the accepted way, because I can’t tell what that is. Shouldn’t it be li’l’? That’s where all the missing letters are. Yet I see l’il and li’l and it makes me want to scream.

Today was a busy day, moving furniture to the new place. Dad drove down to haul it all and we accidentally rented a truck, which made things easier. I got off like a girl and didn’t have to carry the heavy stuff. I wasn’t trying to get off like a girl, but my arm is still messed up with tendonitis and I had a lot of directing and organizing to do to make sure the right things were moved. Then I nebulized congested JuJu the bunny (more of a fuzzbucket than my Vegas!) and put the bed back together enough that we could sleep in it.

I found this holiday meme at Geggie‘s.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
We always made fun of my mom (or rather complained) for using gift bags. But I have to admit, I reuse any that end up at my house. The rest of the gifts get wrapped. I like fun, colorful paper, but not the foil stuff that cuts your fingers.
2. Real tree or Artificial? I used to do a real tree. The best year was when I lived in that house from the 1880s in Seymour with the really tall ceilings. I somehow got a ten-plus foot tree in my Impala, but it was too big to get in the stand by myself so my brother had to help. Now I have an artificial tree and some years I don’t even get around to putting it up.
3. When do you put up the tree? Whenever I get around to it and the weather is nice enough to drag it from the shed.
4. When do you take the tree down? Eh, no planned date. Second week of January?
5. Do you like eggnog? Not sure I’ve had it in years. It’s ok.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? That’s tough. We always had really nice Christmases (no, I never got a pony nor the skates I always asked for), so there were always fun things. I bet we got the most fun and work out of our Apple IIGS, a gift in 1985?
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Hahaha, no. And especially not the plastic yard light-up kind.
8. Hardest person to buy for? David’s parents.
9. Easiest person to buy for? My brother. His list is pages of DVDs, video games, board games, t-shirts, Simpsons stuff, and then normal things that other adults want.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Never sent one yet and I don’t plan to start now!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A framed picture of Mrs. Beasley. (At least I knew the reference when someone recently named an ancient foster rabbit after her.)
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I don’t like holiday movies much, but Christmas Story is good. Bad Santa is more up my alley.
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I know I’ve Freecycled some!
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Mashed potatoes and homemade chocolate chip cookies (not together) and punch!
15. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Colored
16. Favorite Christmas song? I hate Christmas music.
17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We’re traveling to see both families but not leaving the state. No parties at our house, though!
18. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? Of course!
19. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Growing up, we opened one on Christmas Eve morning, a pre-selected toy from Mom, to keep us busy at Gramma’s while she watched us for the day so Mom could get the house ready. Then we opened with Dad’s side of the family that night and Mom’s side the next day. It’s still like that now except for the toy in the morning! And I always loved stockings, with good things like chocolate and stamps and little goofy and practical stuff.
20. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The music in the stores? I get annoyed with the parking on shopping days but I try to plan my shopping during off hours, and I get most things online anyway.
21. Favorite ornament theme or color? I like to get a cute or quirky or meaningful ornament each year, and I have lots of childhood ornaments too.
22. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Right around Thanksgiving, but I’ll pick up one or two things during the year and usually remember to give them rather than lose them!
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? David and I already exchanged the big fun things, so I’m just enjoying shopping for others now. A Roomba would be great!
24. Angel or star on top of tree? I had this horrible janky star that I probably bought at KMart because it was so gaudy (I think it’s in the picture above!). Now I have a nice star. When we were kids, my brother and I took turns each year putting the angel my mom made on the tree.
25. What do/did you leave for Santa? I think we left cookies and milk for Santa on a special placemat my mom made. But I’m not sure I’d do the Santa myth with my kids.

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