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Friday, December 22, 2006

Stupid memes

So, evidently, Harvey, of Bad Example, is less than thrilled with my recent blog output, so he tagged me with a meme. Yay for me. I'll take the stupid hint, and complete the meme, and I won't even complain about it. Too much.

1. Wrapping paper, or gift bags? When I can't bribe, cajole, threaten, or just plain annoy someone into doing my wrapping for me, gift bags. I'm not a big fan of spending all than time and effort making something look pretty, knowing that it's just so someone can shred it before my eyes.

2. Real tree, or artificial? Neither? I hate Christmas trees of any sort. But, if I absolutely *had* to get one, it would be a real tree. It would also be a Charlie Brown real tree. Easier to decorate.

3. When do you put up the tree? I don't. Seriously. I haven't laid a hand upon a Christmas tree in almost two decades.

4. When do you take the tree down? Pre-emptively. See #3.

5. Do you like eggnog? Eh. Some years I like it, and some years, I don't. I don't think I've ever actually had it with booze in it, though...and now that I rarely drink alcohol, it is unlikely I ever will.

6. Favorite gift you received as a child? Hm. I don't actually remember actually...*liking*...any of my gifts, but, since I had a lot of Legos as a child, I'd have to assume I got some of them for Christmas, which would mean that I liked the Legos gifts the best, since I still entertain fantasies of buying entire Lego product lines.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? No.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My sister. It is unlikely I'll ever be able to actual figure out what she wants, since we don't really have that much in common any more, so, I have no frame of reference to even try to WAG a gift for her.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My mother. I can usually guess what she's going to like. I just don't know if she alreay has it.

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? What are these "Christmas cards" you speak of?

11. The worst Christmas present you ever received? Orders to Saudi Arabia. Seriously. We received our orders to deploy to Saudi Arabia on December 24th, 1990. If you're keeping score at home, Kuwait was invaded in August of 1990.

12. Favorite Chrstmas movie? We're No Angels. The original, with Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, some other old school actors, and Adolf. Adolf is the star of the movie. Watch it this Christmas. You won't be disappointed. Oh...I should mention...it's a comedy. With Humphrey Bogart. And Peter Ustinov. And Basil Rathbone. I have nearly lost consciousness from laughing...and that was the THIRD time I had seen it. I've seen it at least five more times since, and I still lose the ability to speak or breathe frequently.

13. When do you start shopping? Hm...Christmas is the 25th, right? So...that means I usually start shopping no earlier than the 20th. The 24th, if I can get away with it.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No. Almost every Christmas present I have ever received had too much practical use, so, I was too busy using the presents to give them to someone else. I *should* explain that this is the reason why I don't really remember actually liking any of my Christmas presents. It's not that I disliked them. It's just that they had a practical use, rather than an entertainment use, so, "favorite" didn't really apply. It's kind of like asking which is your favorite screwdriver, a #2 Phillips head, or a #2 slot head. What are you using it for?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christams? Um...I'm the idiot responsible for the unbelievable amount of fruitcake produced in the US, since I'm pretty sure all those fruitcakes eventually make it to me...and get eaten. So, blame me the next time someone gives you a fruitcake. Don't worry. I'll eat that one, too. mmmm.....fruitcake.

16. Clear lights, or colored lights? Invisible. Or, in a pinch, non-existent.

17. Favorite Christmas song? "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Or "The Little Drummer Boy". Backup song? Anything by Nat King Cole. I'd pay to hear him sing the phone book.

18. Travel at Christmas, or, stay home? If it's up to me, stay home. With the phone off, and the door locked. When it's not up to me, I travel. It's usually not up to me.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? The snarky part of me wants to say "Yes. Neither of them had names." (Santa originally just had one, or two reindeer. The others were added later by a not-entirely annoying song.) The tired-of-being-a-Scrooge part of me says "Yes. Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen." And, yes, I spelled Donder's name right. It's German for "thunder"...which would go just fine with his sleighmate Blitzen...who is "lightning". AND, originally, Rudolph's name was Randolph. Aren't you just thrilled you asked that question?

20. Angel on the top, or a star? Charlie Brown trees are barely sufficient to support hold a ball, much less a star or an angel. That's if I had a tree, though. I don't.

21. Open the presents on Christmas Eve, or morning? Whatever is the most practical for scheduling. I've opened presents as early as the 18th (this year), and as late as January 19th (this year, as well. Do the math, you'll figure it out.)

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Hm...that's a long list to choose from. I guess I'd have to say the commercialization of a pagan holiday, celebrated with pagan rituals, on a date that has NOTHING to do with the birth of my Lord and Savior. After that...everything else is somewhat petty. (For the record, the best semi-educated guess to the real birthday of Jesus bar Joseph is September 22nd. That's the most likely, but, not the most certain, date. Sometime between the beginning of August and the end of October is the only time period possible. Shepherds aren't out in the fields with their sheep in the middle of winter, nor were taxes collected at that time. December 25th has nothing to do with Jesus's birthday.)

23. Do you have JeSus in your heart this Christmas? I try. That's all I can say. (that capitalisation in the middle of His name isn't accidental. I really can't profane the Name above all Names.)

24. What would like for Christmas? Probably not getting it, so, not going to bother mentioning it. Wanting what I do not have hasn't done me much good in the past.

I'm not going to purposely pass this on, so, if y'all want to answer it, go ahead. I'm just not going to 'force' anyone to. Yeah, I'm a killjoy. Call it "getting in the Christmas spirit", if you want.

Semper Fidelis: Always Faithful, to God, Corps and Country