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12:48 pm: Christmas meme
Happy advent all!
Popping in again to announce that I have nicked a meme (cause it´s been aaaages!) from pleasant_valley suitable for the season. Here we go:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

That depends, I like both actually. Some things are just tricky to wrap and then I´d rather buy a pretty gift bag instead of ending up with a bulky and messy wrapped package.

2. Real tree or Artificial?
It must be a real one.

3. When do you put up the tree?
In the afternoon on 23 December.

4. When do you take the tree down?
Usually the weekend after New Year.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Never tried it and most likely never will. Sounds absolutely disgusting and I´m a bit fussy when it comes to hot drinks.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
*ponders* Not sure actually… I tend to remember the gifts I got when I was older more. I remember being very excited when I got My Little Pony, but…

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
I got a lovely one in ceramic from a neighbor several years back. Problem is it´s really big, so I haven´t put it up the past few years. Pity really – I really should pop up in the attic and get it now.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My dad. Well, boys in general, but dad is definitely the hardest, especially after he´s started the whole “I don´t really want anything” the past few years.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Mum or girlfriends.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
It would have to be the dolphin candle holder from my grandmother a few years ago. She usually gives money cause she´s old and thinks buying presents is a hassle. Which is fair enough. But some years back she got all inventive and had some help from a lady who owns some kind of a interior/cratfts shop. The result was that we all got the most awful nicknacks. It´s a naughty thing to say, but it´s true, it was all just wasted money. And if anyone is thinking a dolphin candle holder sounds cute: It wasn´t. Trust me. Somehow it never came along with me when we moved. Strange, that.

11. Mail or email Christmas card?
*Squirms* This is when you´re supposed to say cards, right. Yeah well… I´ve received a few cards and sent a few, and as long as it´s only a selected few, I enjoy it. But stacks of paper = clutter. Owlsie logic.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

Aaaah, hands down! "Reisen til julestjernen" or "Journey to the Christmas star". I know they made a new version last year, which was lovely too, but nothing beats this. NOTHING. In addition… and I know it´s not a movie, but does a ballet counts? Because the Opera´s “Nutcracker” is always a real Xmas jerker:

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually late November/early December.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

Never, I´m not THAT bad! I have re-used wrapping though.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Lefse with butter, cold cuts and mustard.

16. Favorite tradition?
Probably spending all morning and early afternoon on the 24th eating the aforementioned lefse, and cookies and watching Xmas movies.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

“Glade jul”, or “Silent night” if you will.

I also really love “Christmas Pipes” by Celtic Woman.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Definitely stay at home. At parents ´place more accurately.

19. Can you name Santa's reindeer?
Nope. I know Rudolph. Not really occupied with Santa´s reindeers here, I think he goes by horse and sleigh for the most part, really.

20. Do you have an Angel or a star on top of your tree?
Star with light inside.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Xmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

That stores start bringing out the decorations and all the stuff waaayy too early. Argh, I hate the full-on Xmas mood in early November, I don´t want overload weeks and weeks before. Advent starts in December, and I like to keep it limited to that month so the season stays special.

If you decide to do the meme, let me know - it´s fun to see other people´s tranditions :o)
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and all the best for 2014! XXX

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