1.What is your one favorite dish to see on the table at Christmas dinner?
The stuffed celery my dad makes or the strawberry-pretzel jello salad my mother-in-law makes
2.Do you have a Nativity scene? How many pieces does it have?
We bought two and combined a bunch of the pieces so we could have extra animals and an angel (which didn't come with one of them). So, in previous years it was 15 pieces, but this year we found a tiny, fuzzy black cat that Elaine put near the manger. I guess one of Yo-Yo's ancestors is representing.
3.What is your favorite Christmas movie?
"The Shop Around the Corner" (with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan)
4.If you and your family could spend this Christmas in another country, where would you go?
Barbados. Kind of like England, except warm!
5.Have you ever gone out of the house wearing a reindeer headband? What about a Santa hat?
Anyone who knows me knows the answer to this is "no."
6.Do you usually make or buy your Christmas gifts?
I buy them. I'm not good at making things. Except this year, I made the cookies that my mom has made every single year since we were babies, and I'm giving a tin of them to my brother for Christmas.
7.When do you set up your Christmas decorations? When do you take them down?
The day after Thanksgiving, and I would take them down Christmas afternoon if I could, but usually it's the 26th or 27th that they actually come down. A friend of mine got mad at her husband on Christmas Eve one year and pitched the tree out over the balcony. Now THAT'S what I call undecorating early.
8.Which of the Gospels gives your favorite account of the Christmas story?
Most everyone says Luke, but mine is John. That's what my dad read to us every year, and now I would be disappointed if he didn't. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father--full of grace and truth." Awesome!
9.Do you buy Christmas presents for your pets?
This is kind of sickeningly American and I feel guilt about it, but...yes. Not anything extravagant though.
10.What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
On Christmas Eve, the girls and I make monkey bread together. Then for dinner we have omelettes, bacon, and monkey bread as a picnic on the floor in the living room in front of the fireplace. Then when they go to bed, Darren and I watch all the Christmas concerts on PBS while we wrap presents.
11. What is your favorite Christmas carol?
"In the Bleak Midwinter," by Christina Rossetti
Merry Christmas from Guilford Road to you, my dear Readers!