Both Klinde and Kathy T. tagged me so I guess that means I am it. 

1. Wrapping or gift bags? I love pretty, wrapped presents under the tree, however, as I get older and crankier and losing some of my Christmas Edge, bags are often easier.   I used to do the whole make-my-own ribbon thing, but, I got over that.

2. Real or artificial tree? There again, I love both.  Thing about the real tree is it is a pain in the holly, jolly hiney to keep watered and last year, the real tree stand sprung a leak.  That made me mad.  I went and got a new artificial tree after Christmas last year at Wal Mart and I think I ended up paying something like $25 for it.  I do believe this year’s Smiff Tree is perhaps the most purtyful evah.
3. When do you put up the tree? We usually put it up pretty quickly after Thanksgiving.  This year, it was a bit later.
4. When do you take the tree down? Depends.  Depends on how sick of it and the whole Christmas kaboodle I am.  Geez…what happened to me????  My sister used to make fun of my Christmas love. 
5. Do you like eggnog? Eh…not really.  I like the idea of eggnog but not the actual consumption of it.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Oh boy…lets see…one year, we got a real, authentic gymnastics mat which was quite cool.  The chord organ was mucho fun. (Shut up. I ROCKED on the chord organ!)We always got great stuff.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Why, yes, I do.  I have several but the main one is hiding somewhere in the attic. 
8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Perhaps the drink mixer we got one year that is still in the box in the garage, never opened. 
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail the cards and stuff but you know, it’s getting harder and harder every year to do the Christmas letter.  Everytime I say I’m not doing it anymore, somebody will send me a Christmas card saying “Looking forward to your Christmas letter”. 
10. Favorite Christmas Movie? I guess my favorite is “Miracle On 34th St”…the 1947 one.  “Why we’d looove to have Santy Claus come and stay with us…I think it would be simply chahhhming”…”Pssst…Macy’s ain’t got’ny. Nobody’s got’ny.”  I love all of the Christmas movies though.  If it’s got snow, Santa, a Christmas miracle, or Bing Crosby in it, I’m into it.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Uh….well, I bought the first gift on December 9 this year.  I bought a couple more last night.  Regardless of whether I get done, Jesus was born, y’know?  I’m kinda worn out with what’s become the Annual GreedFest at my house.  I’m sorta of the mind that my kids need to learn the REAL meaning of Christmas and it is not about them.  (I sound like an old codger. What is wrong with me?)
12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I’m worn out with Christmas food this year. 
13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I like both.  This year, I finally got to have white lights.  First time in a long time.
14. Favorite Christmas song? The better question is what Christmas song do I not like?  I love them all, for the most part.  Favorites?  Emmylou’s ‘Light of The Stable’ album, Patty Loveless’ ‘Bluegrass and White Snow’ are my favorite country Christmas things…anything Christmas that Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin or Andy Williams do give me the happies.
15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We’ve traveled before at Christmas, but, it was toooo hard to haul Santa.  We usually stay home, sometimes driving up to Knoxville to see the Thin Sister and her family. Just depends on work schedules.
16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer. Hello?  You’re asking ME this?  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder & Blitzen.  And then there’s Leroy The Redneck Reindeer.
17. Angel on the tree top or a star? The first Christmas we were in our house, 1996, we bought this cute tree topper that lights up and Santa rolls around it in his sleigh, but, on the new tree this year, we couldn’t get it to stand up right.  Too heavy.  So #2 found an angel one of the kids had made when they were little and put it on top of the tree.
18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Christmas morning.
19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? This year, it’s the fact that Christmas snuck up on me and I didn’t get all my decorations out.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? No.  My tree has ornaments that go as far back as my parents tree in the 60’s, to stuff I made in school, lots of stuff my kids have made through the years.  I tried a coordinated tree this year at work.  I absolutely HATE it.
21. What do you leave for Santa? Depends. Usually cookies and milk.
22. Least favorite holiday song? I swear…I can’t think of a one.  I HATE HATE HATE it when a group of people sing “Rudolph” and the retards who feel the need to add “Like a lightbulb” to the “had a very shiny nose”.  There should be a law against that.  So, if you are one who does that, just stop.
23. Favorite ornament? Oh geez….all of them, because I am like Rainman and remember everything, I can tell you where it came from, who gave it to us, etc.  The ornament I made in 5th grade that has cotton balls on it (snowman) and the ornament that was used in our wedding decorations. 

So, now I get to tag….hmmm…Texas Chris, Lu,Wade, Busy Mom, Grandefille, Mrs. Bez, and the expectant mammy, Violet.