Oh here I come a meme-ing, among the leaves so green!

Swiped from Medley. If she can be lazy, I can be lazy.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Colored tissue paper, gift bags, and cloth drawstring bags. I decided a few years ago that I was tired of storing gift wrap. It’s much nicer and easier to store tissue paper, which can be multi-tasked for many different occasions and used very creatively. I’m slowly building up my supply of handmade cloth bags, which is what I’d like to ultimately rely on, but I’m only making one or two a year. No ribbons, because one of my cats will eat any ribbon-like thing she finds.

2. Real or Artificial tree?


3. When do you put up the tree?

3 weeks before Christmas. I would prefer 4, Mr. Katxena would prefer 2, so we compromise with 3.

4. When do you take the tree down?

New Year’s Day.

5. Do you like eggnog?


6. Favorite Gift you received as a child?

A bright orange portable record player that had it’s own case that snapped shut. And the Village People record that came with it. I still have the record, but sadly not the player.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

No. I dislike storing things like that — I don’t like holiday linens either. I’ll store tree decorations, wrapping supplies, a limited number of handmade non-tree decorations, and unused Christmas cards, but nothing else.

8. Hardest person to buy for?

My husband. He’s picky.

9. Easiest person to buy for?

My mom. She and I share a lot of interests and hobbies.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received.

I don’t have any specific memories of worst gifts. One year, my Dad decided to thwart our attempts to guess what our gifts were ahead of time by switching the name tags on everyone’s gifts. Only, he forgot to switch them back. I was very confused by the match box cars, fishing pole, and sports books that Santa brought me. My brother was equally confused by the jewelry box, Trixie Beldon books, and pink sweater he got.

11. Christmas Cards?

About 6 years ago, we sent them, but haven’t since then. Every year I think that I’d like to, but then I get bogged down in the details: handmade or store-bought? handwritten notes or Christmas letter or both? generic holiday or Christmas? who to send to? At that point I usually give up in despair.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

A Christmas Story, of course.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

October. Although if I am making gifts, I start those earlier. Usually.

14. Have you ever “recycled” a Christmas present?

Yes, and I feel no shame about it. If it’s nice and someone else might like it, why not? Why should it end up in the trash?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

My Grandma’s sweet and sour carrots.

16. Clear lights or colored or both on the tree?

Colored. And no twinkling.

17. Favorite Christmas Song?

There can’t be just one. Christmas in Jail, by The Youngsters. Any Christmas song sung by Elvis. Among traditional carols, The First Noel.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

It varies a lot. Every year is different.

19. Can you name Santa’s Reindeer?


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

Neither. We have a Santa.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

Christmas morning. Although since Mr. Katxena’s family opens Christmas Eve, we sometimes do that. But I prefer morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

That the Christmas season has gone on so long.

23. Favorite Christmas tradition?

I have two. First, making (and eating) the “Christmas Omelet” — a cheese strata that my mom makes for breakfast on Christmas morning. My sister-in-law and I make it now too. I always serve it with fruit and sparkling apple juice. Second, the annual “pink champagne monopoly challenge and kung-fu movie marathon” that my husband and I share every year. Sometimes it’s Christmas Eve, sometimes it’s New Year’s Eve. I *so* married the right man.

24. Family member you always try to stay away from during the holidays?

I’ll steal Medley’s answer: “Oh, there’s more than one.”

25. Do you attend any actual religious services in celebration?


Posted on December 20th, 2007 by Katxena