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Meme: Holiday traditions

(gently borrowed from may_lyn)

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate, preferably Stephen's Gourmet.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Mommy wraps the presents. Santa's just a carrier like FedEx, only without Andy Spero.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Our tree is pre-lit with white lights. The outdoor lights are alternating swags of blue and white icicle lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? I haven't in years.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Around the first week of December, then stockings up the night before Christmas. This year I'm feeling lazy and the kiddo and I will be out of town for over a week around the holiday, so we just have our wreath on the door for now.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Sweet potatoes. Not with all the sugary junk on it, just plain cooked sweet potatoes.

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child: the year my cousin carefully bit the bodies off the chocolate babies on my grandparents' tree.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don't remember not knowing. We talked about Santa, but in an abstract way like Lady Liberty.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Mostly in blue and white -- it's prelit with white lights and we add blue bead garlands, blue and silver glass balls and a blue-robed angel. Laurel adds her special ornaments, like the felt gingerbread kid ornaments I made for her class party last year, and we're good to go.

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Eh. I know how to dress appropriately for the weather.

12. Can you ice skate? I'm so-so in figure skates, but I can fake it in hockey skates.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? No. Do you want to my favorite thing I bought someone else as a holiday gift this year? A package of yellow Tonka trucks in just-slightly-larger-than Matchbox car size. I took a page from auntiesiannan to inaugurate my aunthood as the auntie to give them 'gucks.

14. [there was no question 14]

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Gingerbread. Tamales dulces. My grandmother's sticky buns. Tres leches cake.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? It used to be Madrigal Dinner. I'm not sure what it is now, but this weekend I'll be singing wassail anyway because it's ingrained in my brain now. All your figgy pudding are ours. (Someone please assuage my pangs of missing Madrigal again this year. Life your wassailing bowl and think of me.)

17. What tops your tree? An angel.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? I plead the Fifth. (Look, I didn't make a Dan Savage joke!)

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Carol of the Bells.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? I like peppermint but I'm not really into eating candy canes. I like them for gingerbread house decorating.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
stupid question, mayhap, but what's the difference between the red pork tamales i'm totally addicted to and tamales dulce?
Dec. 3rd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
They have a sweet filling, hence the 'dulces' (sweet).

I've had them with almonds, candied citrus, raisins or figs, all sort of nummy stuff. I use rice flour and sweet cream in the filling for mine, but my tia's family standard ones have prunes in the middle.

By red, do you mean the pork or the masa around the filling? I've tinted masa colors for different occasions, although usually we don't bother and just let the seasonings tint it so a quick peek can tell us whether we're looking at chicken (plain), spinach (green) or beef (red) tamales in our freezer.
Dec. 3rd, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
i've had the sweet ones before. and they were good, but not really satisfying my craving for the pork tamales.

red refers to the coloring of the spices in the middle pork mix. red chile, i think. the color does seep through the masa, in places.

spinach sounds good, though!
Dec. 3rd, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
We don't have pork tamales here too often because Vogon doesn't like the smell of pork cooking, but luckily we live near a Blue Goose Cantina so he can enjoy their lovely chicken tamales.

I first had spinach tamales during one of the Texas foods sample days at Central Market. There's someplace in Dallas that makes pretty decent organic tamales and sells them at a premium that makes them a rare spend for us, but their spinach and cheese tamales are decadent. (:
Dec. 4th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
just your decription of that put about 5 lbs on my hips! :D
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Vogon now wants to try making cheesecake-filled sweet tamales because Taco Bueno currently has a cheesecake chimichanga.

If I were on a diet, it would be in danger of being flung out the window as long as we had those in the house.
Dec. 3rd, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
  1. What happened to question #14?
Dec. 3rd, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Tettradekaphobia?
Good question. I have no idea. (:
Dec. 5th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so-so in figure skates, but I can fake it in hockey skates

We need to go skating some evening, that would be good times!

Sorry I haven't been around much. I'm trying to catch up.
Dec. 5th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm already booked most evenings between now and the 20th, but I'm available during the day on weekends until then. I'll be back after New Year's if you want to get together then.

I know you have a lot of stuff going on right now. Take care of your loved ones first, I'll be here when you have the spare time. (:
Dec. 5th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Have to be after you get back. No biggie, though, I'm not going anywhere.
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