Friday, December 19, 2008

A CHRiSTMaS SuRVeY



My friend Scrappin Jenny posted a longer version of this survey on her website. Feel free to play along on your own blog or in the comments section.

WRAPPING PAPER OR GIFT BAGS?
Sometimes both. Sometimes a lucky recipient gets a present wrapped in Christmas paper shoved into a Birthday gift bag. We like to call it reducing our carbon footprint. Our friends like to call it cheap and lazy.

REAL TREE OR ARTIFICIAL? ANGEL OR STAR ON TOP?
We don't hate on the artificial, but us city folk do not have these things you people call attics or basements, so we have to go with the real. Up until last year, we topped our tree with a paper cutout of The Wiggles in their Big Red Car. It's quite possible the Jonas Brothers may be placed there before the holiday has passed. Because how can you dream about a White Chrismas without picturing Joe in those skinny jeans in Camp Rock? Not that...ermmm..I ever think about that, Chris Hanson...next question, please.

EGGNOG-YES OR NO?
Let's see: Artery clogging? Check. Full of Junky Calories, sure to make your thighs bigger? Check. Involves alcohol? Check. Tastes like cookie batter? Check. Guess that would be a yes. Do I also need to tell you people that The Pope is Catholic?

HARDEST PERSON TO BUY FOR?
This will be the fifth year in a row we get Dee-Dad a sweater vest. Need I say more?

DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE?
I have several: an old fashioned one from my mother, a beautiful ceramic one from my MIL, a plastic Playschool one, a Playmobile one that half the pieces have gone missing from (Joseph is now a knight, Mary is a zoo keeper) , and a new Nativity that I just made for OUR NAME IS MUD (shameless plug ahead) called "Bobble to Bethlehem" which is a bobble head nativity that will be available for purchase in your local stores next year. Unless stores find it offensive and do not order it-which I guess is a possibility. This was the fate met by my Salt and Pepper Nativity set (Jesus is The Reason for the Seasoning), which like a Jessica Simpson movie, was never released.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
The one in the dvd player, babysitting The Spawn.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?
World Peace, Economic Recovery, and Universal Compassion and Tolerance. But if that's too much; well, a girl really can never have too many Christmas sweaters.

22 comments:

Logical Libby said...

I think everyone has a hard time buying for their Dads. I have usually gone the gadget route, and the boxes usually go unopened until the technology is obsolete.

Spatula said...

WRAPPING PAPER OR GIFT BAGS?
This year, gift bags. I'm too tired to wrap stuff.

REAL TREE OR ARTIFICIAL? ANGEL OR STAR ON TOP?
Usually artificial, and decorated with so many doodads that it has to bend the space-time continuum in order to stay upright. This year, everyone is taking off, so Mom didn't bother with the tree. (!)

EGGNOG-YES OR NO?
We're Russian. We don't do pussy things like eggnog. It's champagne and vodka. And really good cognac.

HARDEST PERSON TO BUY FOR?
Hands down, my stepdad. He likes music and electronic doodads. He has more music and electronic doodads than you can shake a stick at. The only thing left to complete his life is extra sleep, and I can't find it anywhere.

DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE?
Nah. We have Grandfather Frost figurines. He's a pagan Russian Santa isotope.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
The latest and greatest DVD release from Blockbuster.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?
I want a new Mac laptop. I'm totally not getting one.

Jane! said...

I'm going to hoard my answers and post them at my own place because I can totally recognize a free blogortunity when I see one.

I do love nativity scenes, though. We have several from the pretty porcelain one to the plastic one-piece kind with the glittered roof. I LOVED those things when I was a kid. Still do.

Jennifer said...

I would lerve to see Joe Jonas in his tight, white jeans at the top of your tree. That would be hot.

zakary said...

We have the tackiest angel that Jeff's mother gave us on top of our tree. She's made out of cardboard in a white dress, but her face is ceramic. I can't get rid of it because she will bust me!

Can't wait to see the bobble head nativity scene.

My sister always called it an "Activity Scene", which is what we still call it in my family to this day. Jesus is probably going to stike us down.

Jane! said...

Ooh, I can see the picture now... it was broken for me before.
I have a friend who hangs her live tree upside down from a ceiling hook every year. It looks very cool and saves a ton of space.
Thought you should know.

kwr221 said...

I can't believe that "Jesus is The Reason for the Seasoning" wasn't a big hit!

SOme people have no sense of humor.

Kr√ęg said...

Humbug!

sheila said...

If you have any leftover "Jesus is the Reason for the Seasoning", I'd love one!!

OK, now down to business:

I love wrapping paper, but once I get tired of it, or run out of tape, I go gift bag.

I like real trees but hate the mess. So I have a pre-lit fake one. Topped with an angel. An ugly, sorta creepy angel but it's all I've got...

Can I get a Hell Yes for the eggnog?!!

Hardest person to buy for is Sweet Hubby. He buys it if he wants it. Although last year, I bought him a miniature Make Your Own Stonehenge at B&N, and he loved it!

We have a nativity scene in which all of the players are bears. Yes, bears. I'd like to replace it with something else. I saw a nice olive-wood one in the Napa Style catalog...And I may have to steal Shindig's 'activity scene' name. That has much more spunk.

My absolute favorite Christmas movie is "Love, Actually". Because eight is a lot of legs, David.

I'm going to have to go with Economic Recovery & Peace on Earth as the perfct gift for me this year. Or else an iPhone.

Merry Merry Joy Joy!!

rpc said...

WRAPPING PAPER OR GIFT BAGS?
I reuse gift bags every time - I'm with you on the carbon footprint.
REAL TREE OR ARTIFICIAL? ANGEL OR STAR ON TOP?
Real from the tree farm. We were running out of time to get our tree this year, but fortunately school was canceled today in preparation for the storm, so we raced out to get one this morning. There is nothing like the forecast of a major snow storm to speed up tree cutting. Usually we spend hours there, inspecting every tree at least twice (there are a LOT of trees there), today we cut down almost the first one we saw so as to get home before the snow.
Star on top, and several of your ornaments on the tree. My favorite is "You've got hail"
EGGNOG-YES OR NO?
I prefer champagne.
HARDEST PERSON TO BUY FOR?
My father.
DO YOU HAVE A NATIVITY SCENE?
No.
FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE?
Anything I don't have to think about.
WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?
An end to the perpetual colds we have all been suffering from. As soon as everybody is close to recovered the kids bring another one home from school.

Chandra said...

The Wiggles and the Big Red car as the star...who knew? I'm sure it worked perfectly and the kids loved it! I think I may have to "borrow" your idea but instead of The Wiggles make it "Blues Clues"...now that would be something!

janell berryman artist-owner said...

And yes, I will be in Atlanta! Are you going? Should be a kick. Always fun with that E group :) Well, I can't wait to meet you! Happy Holidays

supah ~d said...

OMG the reason for the seasoning.. i LOVE IT.

SOMETHING HAPPENED SOMEWHERE TURNING said...

WRAPPED OR BAGGED?
Both.
REAL TREE OR FAKE?
I like a real tree, but haven't seen one since we got married.
EGGNOG?
No No
HARDEST PERSON TO BUY?
My Sister-in-law. We are so alike. One year we bought each other the same thing. Last year I folded dollar bills and gave her over a dozen origami animals. Penguin, dog, cat, etc.
NATIVITY SCENES?
The wife has a million. But they are so still. I would love to have a Jesus is The Reason for the Season bobblehead set. That would Rock.
MOVIE FAVE?
I'm going to have to go with the babysitting Spawn one.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT i WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. Peace and Quiet.

Debbie said...

I second that Christmas wish list. Well, except for the Christmas sweaters. I like my decorations to be on my right side up tree or pottery, thank you very much.

Mama said...

ooh! the playschool nativity scene must be beautiful lol!

dad's are definetly hard to buy for. my dad is getting slippers this year (cuz I've never gotten him those before) and the other dad is getting a set of wood chips - ha ha! my husband said that he would like it , so we shall see

kwr221 said...

I'll play.

But my answers are over here: kwr221.blogspot.com
:-)

Natasha said...

Jesus is the Reason for Seasoning just reduced me to tears - tears from laughter....and my Dad is the HARDEST man in the world to shop for....my brother and I got him a Spiderman movie DVD once and he said, "It was ok. It was all commercials though" He didn't know to press play on the menu!!!!!

Miss Thystle said...

so remember how I'm a godless heathen? I LOVE nativity sets. Fucked up, right? That said, I would whole heartedly embrace and maybe even lick a nativity set made of salt shakers and the like. I'm beyond shocked that it didn't sell. Unless you're making it up just to be funny, in which case, DAMN IT WOMAN have you no SOUL?

Just kidding. I just wanted to say that.

You know what would be a wicked funny blog post? The Mud stuff that failed. Like the transvestite lipstick fairy. I bet you could even make it contest and people would get one of a kind treasures. I hope mine has exposed testicles or maybe a goiter. Not that I can imagine how those would play into any of your stellar design ideas, I'm just saying. What was I saying? I have no clue. Hi, Mr. Lorrie's Boss. She doesn't make ceramic testicles with the left over products. Probably not, anyway.

Racie Lover said...

For all of you who have finished your holiday shopping, wrapped all your gifts, cooked the turkey and picked up all your out-of-town relatives from the airport, please go and visit my blog to read my answers to Lorrie's survey. Having finished all your chores, you obviously have time now to go over there. Thanks and happy holidays!

Hi, I'm Amy! said...

So... I got my brother the "dog angel" and when I went on your website today I saw that you made it! You are awesome. I love it :)

LuckyMe said...

Methinks your tree has drunk too much eggnog.

My printer spontaneously goes into print mode whenever I click to comment on your blog. Just wondering if that's happens to anyone else. Then i frantically try to grab the paper from the feed tray, open the print cue and cancel all documents.

Joy. Joy. Merry. Merry.