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Allison’s quotes

"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right--in the way that's best for us."
Do you really believe that, Mother?" Peter asked quietly.
Yes," she said, "I do believe it--almost always--except when I'm so sad that I can't believe anything. But even when I don't believe it, I know it's true--and I try to believe it."— E. Nesbit

Friday, December 25, 2015

Shameless Christmas Tag

Which I shamelessly post on Christmas, because I haven't posted in forever because of the Blogger Awards, and I'm raring and ready to go.

Merry Christmas, readers!

It is a balmy 78 degrees here.

Ten days ago, my only sibling moved three thousand miles away.

Needless to say, I need a little Christmas!  (*cue Christmas carol*)  And I'm soooo grateful that Sarah from Dreams and Dragons tagged me in this lovely Christmas post.

What is your favorite Christmas treat?

It wouldn't be Christmas without Christmas cookies.  (Which I haven't made yet.  Christmas has really snuck up on me this year.)  I've already made gingerbread, but I still want to make shortbread, my personal favorite.

Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas?

In years past, we've always had Sloppy Joes for Christmas dinner.  I do not care for Sloppy Joes.  Now that a Certain Family Member has moved three thousand miles away, I get to pick Christmas dinner for a change, and I'm making enchiladas and guacamole.  Which I really should be cooking, instead of writing this blog post.  But hey.

How do you normally celebrate Christmas?

We begin with Christmas Mass, when the approximately four Church-attending Catholics in the south are joined by twenty-three squillion other Catholics, who pop out of the woodwork at Christmas and Easter to talk loudly during Mass, get in line too early for communion, and take all the seats, not that I'm bitter.

Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family? Do you buy your gifts or go the homemade route?

I love presents a ridiculous amount.  It's not the actual object wrapped in paper; usually, I am (ahem) indifferent to that.  But the anticipation is so delicious, as is the fact that it could be anything, wrapped in pretty paper!

Is it cold where you live? Have you ever had a white Christmas?

We normally have cold winters, although they're hardly ever snowy before January.  I have never experienced a white Christmas.  This year is a sort of opposite-white-Christmas: it's dangerously close to eighty degrees, pouring, and humid.

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Well.  Um.  Because my sister moved earlier this month, we had an early Christmas, so we've already unwrapped our gifts.  But the Christmas tree looked so lonely and sad that I made a great sacrifice and ordered myself some Christmas presents, which I personally wrapped.  So even though I have a few presents still to open, some of the suspense has, how do you say, flown?

But I still have four beautifully wrapped presents from my Ratty and Mole Secret Santa that I can't wait to open!

What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I'm so glad you asked!  My all-time favorite is Good King Wenceslas, especially if it has a baritone and boy-soprano soloist like the video, singing the roles of Wenceslas and the page.  Runners-up include God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and In the Bleak Midwinter.  I pretty much love any old, Anglican song.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

I love the few minutes between dinner and opening presents from family, when everyone polishes off their food and becomes excited for presents.

What does your Christmas Tree look like?

I don't have a photo of it on my computer, and I really do need to start making enchiladas soon, so I'll give you a hint.  It's somewhere between this:

And this:

What are you reading in December? (Anything festive?)

I am currently rereading the novels of Dorothy L. Sayers to celebrate Christmas.  They have nothing to do with Christmas, except that they celebrate the majesty of a higher power, in this case Dorothy L. Sayers.  Can you tell I love her?

Are you an organised little elf or are you still shopping/preparing on Christmas Eve?

I am an organized little elf.  Even if I haven't gotten around to recording any of tracks for the Christmas CD for my parents, I know what songs they will be... when I get around to recording it.

(At this point, the author went to make enchiladas.)

How early do you start to get into the Christmas spirit?

(Oh, my gosh, the enchiladas were good.  The secret is cream cheese, readers.)

The holiday season begins late October, when my family visits for Halloween.  It continues through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, my birthday, then Easter.  Then there's a long, bleak summer until Halloween again.

Do you make any Christmas crafts? Decorations? Send physical Christmas cards?

I am not artistically inclined.  I will spend any amount of money to not have to make crafts.

What’s the menu for Christmas Day?!

We are serving Turkey Divan with rice, one of my favorites.  My mom is an excellent cook.

What makes it FEEL like Christmas for you? (Weather, specific tradition, food, smell, person, etc.?)

Family makes it feel like Christmas.  Whining together about all the people at Christmas Mass, sitting around the table for dinner, digging under the tree for presents.

Do you have relatives coming? Excited? Nervous?

None, alack.

What famous Christmas character do you most identify with? (Scrooge, Elf, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, Santa, etc.)

I love Ralph from A Christmas Story.  He's so realistically self-centered and lovable.

If you were to start a new Christmas tradition, what would it be?

I wish I decorated more.  I tend to be lazy about Christmas lights and tinsel.

What Christmas movies do you like to watch this time of year or what’s your favorite?

We love A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Toy Who Saved Christmas, A Christmas Story, and Home Alone.

What’s your favorite Christmasy book or book with a favorite Christmasy part?

I am not *hides face* particularly attached to any Christmas books.

If you've made it this far, dear reader, you have the patience of a saint.  Merry Christmas!



Sarah said...

So . . . Christmas dinner is on Christmas Eve? Ok then. I always thought it was on Christmas day. Enchiladas are amazing, though. Especially, as you said, when you use cream cheese in them. :D What kind did you make?
I sympathize about the Christmas Mass. Not that I've experienced that, exactly, but it sounds most annoying. :P
I loved reading your answers!

Allison Ruvidich said...

Yeah, it's kind of confusing. ; ) I made cheese, chicken, and veggie enchiladas. I would give you the recipe, but I sort of cobble multiple recipes together.

You're so lucky your church isn't crowded!! : ) Thanks for commenting, as always.