20 Holiday Questions, My Sister and “Your Ugly Face”

This post isn’t about my sister, but it does start that way, so let’s get to it.

It’s truly a mistake to believe that this darling beautiful sleeping child, my sister, is anything near innocent. She is still darling and beautiful and sweet and kind, but hardly innocent. She’s also about 20 years older now.

One time as kids she tied me to a telephone pole and pants me – on the main street I lived on.

Then another time she convinced me to lay down and pretend to drop a pumpkin on me and catch it by the stem.

The stem broke and it hit me in the stomach. We laughed pretty uncontrollably.

Then she and my brother used to play “20 questions” or “I spy” with me on long car rides everyone now and again. The object would be something I was totally unable of guessing like, “your dumb face” and “your dumb face”. Then they would laugh and high-five. Okay, maybe they didn’t high-five but that’s how I chose to remember it.

I should note here that I have an awesome older brother and sister, who would do just about anything for me. They are wonderful and funny, but they loved screwing with me.

It did not help that I would believe just about anything if I didn’t have a logical reason not to.

So in the spirit of Christmas, and remembering all of the funny things we did to each other as children, and how lucky I am to have them, I thought I would do this holiday themed “20 Questions” that’s been hitting the blog-o-sphere lately. And no, none of the answers are, “your ugly face”.

Holiday Themed 20 Questions

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
To the tune of ‘Tis The Season – “Noggie noggie nog nog nog nog nog.”

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
In our home, Santa wrapped the gifts, but when I refused to upgrade my stocking from my favorite childhood tiny one, he had to do some overflow around it – those items were not wrapped. Though I like to imagine he actually rapped.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? We don’t do lights on the house, though I likely will on the porch once we finish additions. For the tree I used to do all white, but last year I put up all colored and I luurrvved it. So colored again it is this year. I think. Unless I change my mind. I’m extremely decisive.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No suh. I’m married, I can straight mug that man anytime I want to. By mug him I mean steal his wallet, or throw a mug at him. Not make out with his mug with my mug.

5. When do you put your decorations up? I don’t actually decorate very much. Eeek, I know I know. I just don’t. Every time I see a decoration I like I just can’t get myself to buy it. It just feels so wasteful. I bet when we have kids I’ll be more into it.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Tourtiere! Ok goodness gracious I enjoy making it and eating it. Tourtiere (pronounced either Tour-Tee-Ay or Too-chee) is a popular Franco-American holiday pork pie. Om nom nom.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Waking up at the absolute crack of dawn with my sister and brother and wreaking havoc until my parents woke up. I’m pretty sure we did Christmas at 6am for many years on end.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? My brother got mad at me one day and yelled it in my face just to upset me when I was about 7. I asked my mom and she didn’t lie. She must have said something like Santa is a spirit of Christmas for little girls and boys. I pretty much realized then that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy weren’t comin’ around anymore too – though they always did. Santa still gets me gifts now and again.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? YES. We always were allowed to open ONE gift on Christmas Eve. Best. Ever. Tradition.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? First, I knock needles all over the house. Then I drag it through and struggle and stick it in a base and some water. Then when it’s perfectly secured I stand back and realize how lopsided it is. Then my husband gets under the tree and fixes it while I say “left” “no, right” until it’s perfect. Then I realize it’s too tall for the angel so I lop the top of the tree of so we don’t have to take it out of the base anymore. Then we have a defunked looking tree the rest of the year and subsequent years lead to reminders for me to “trim it from the bottom, not the top”.

Then I put all the ornaments on, a bunch were my grams, some are ones we bought, etc. I ooohh and ahh over it every night until some day in January when Andy says, “are you going to take the tree down orrr….?” and I say, “not yet” until I get fed up with it and take everything off of it and push it out the living room window into our yard.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? If you know me, you know I am obnoxious about how much I love when it snows. That said, I could take it maybe not staying around on the ground for so long. If it snowed every single day until spring without accumulating much and then miraculously was 75 from April 1 until October again I would be happy. I’d also be living in some sort of bio-dome. Preferably not with Pauly Shore.

12. Can you ice skate? You know it. Except I don’t have skates anymore. I finally got rid of my hockey skates. Or they are in the back of my car still. I don’t remember. Let’s be clear that I don’t play hockey, or often clean my car.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I got a big tub of work books for math and school type things that made me happy. My very favorite gift ever was actually in my Easter basket and it was a Beauty and The Beast book. I will never forget how absolutely cool it was that Easter Buns would bring me a book. I loved reading.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? First, celebrating Christmas and my Lord. Also, being with Family. Family makes everything.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Pumpkin pie. Straight up traditional pumpkin pie with whipped cream on it. I’ve learned to love mass quantities of chocolate desserts around the holidays though, since I’m pretty sure his moms side of the family has chocolate as blood, it’s got to be at least a 50/50 ratio.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Thanksmas. I’ll post more about this later. In fact – Thanksmas is happening tomorrow. It’s an annual tradition, I think it’s going into year three.

17. What tops your tree? Needles. But I put either a star or an angel on top of them to dress em up. I like my needles fancy, what can I say.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I love buying things for people and giving things to people. I won’t lie though and say I don’t love seeing what people thought would fit me too. I’m super easy to buy for.

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? Who says yuck to this?! They’re candy canes! It’s candy. In a cane form. People who don’t like candy canes can’t be trusted.

20. Favorite Christmas show? Show or movie? My mom and I like to watch “While You Were Sleeping”. I loves me some Sandra Bullock, what can I say. Oh wait, I said it.

21. Saddest Christmas Song? I don’t think any Christmas song is sad. It sort of goes against the rules.

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Silent night. Or jingle bells. Or that one you always hear Mariah Carey on the radio belt out. The one that I heard a voice overlaid with the other day and I thought it was a joke because it was so terrible. Then I realized it was Justin Beiber. Let me be clear that J Beebs and M Cee should never be put together. That’s like putting my voice against Whitney Houston. Not current Whitney, 80’s Whitney. “How Will I know If hee really lovvees meee” Whitney.

What the…that was 22 questions! Not 20. I just realized that as I looked up.

Well, there you have it. 22 questions about the holidays, and how I feel about it.

To sum up. I loves me some holidays that let me eat and be with family.

All for now. I have a husband I need to interview so I can write a post on our retaining wall he built. I know, I’ve tried to get him to write it. Not going to happen.

And Winnie is now whining.

Okay okay okay. I’m coming.

Happy Holidays,


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