The Holiday Tag
How about some seasonal filler? The lovely Jillian of Random Ramblings has tagged me for an original Holiday Meme, and I'm happy to answer her questions . . . if only because I have an ulterior motive I'll reveal at the end of this. ;-)
1. When do you usually know and feel that it's finally the holidays?
I know that a new year of holidays have begun when I start lighting up the candles on the Advent wreath . . . and when I start baking my special Christmas cookies.
2. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Bookshelves built right into my walls, if you please.
3. Do you go all out with decorations?
No. Not at all. =P Whenever I'm tempted, I always tell myself, "You're going to have to clean it all up and put it away in about a month, you know."
4. What are you doing Christmas Eve?
I'll be at Midnight Mass, of course, but I don't know where my family will be having Noche Buena. For the past couple of years, we've attended the annual Christmas Eve party of one of my grandmother's oldest friends, and we'll probably do that again this year because the catering is always so good.
5. What are you doing Christmas day?
Despite the fact that I have a family, I'll be one of those losers who'll have time to blog on that day . . . and who'll feel lonely when she sees nobody else is online. =S
5. It's Christmas time. What are you reading?
Right now, I'm doing a big reread of all the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. (Well, they all have a few chapters set during Christmas, right?) But if you're looking for a special holiday rec, I've got you covered. Try The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer. Everyone I've recommended it to has really liked it.
6. Favorite movie to watch during the holidays?
Die Hard and Die Hard 2! And of course National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. But now I'm thinking I should do a Rocky marathon as well . . . We'll see.
7. Favorite Christmas song?
Jingle Bells, the Chipmunks' version. =P
8. Favorite holiday drink?
Dude, where's my Ribena???
9. How is your Christmas shopping going?
Bwahahahahahahahahahaha! I don't like shopping for other people, so I usually just bake something and give everyone a zip lock bag full. This year, my mother advised me to put some real thought into packaging, too. And what do you know? It really makes a difference!
10. If you could spend Christmas day anywhere else, where would you spend it?
Oh, gosh. That's a dangerous question to ask me.
11. Any holiday traditions?
Misa de Gallo at dawn for the traditional Christmas novena Mass.
12. Favorite thing about the Holidays?
Presents--because I'm greedy and superficial like that.
Tags: I'm not tagging anyone else to do this meme, but I'm tagging Jillian for Narnia Day this 25 December. She'd better show up! ;-)
Update: Dylan was nice enough to tag himself--as was Birdie--and I really liked reading their answers!