as promised, here are the answers for yesterday‘s christmas quiz. to keep things simple, i used a true true false false formula for the 20 questions….
1. christmas eve was the one night of the year when the brother and i could eat as many cookies as we wanted. true! when we had cookies for dessert on the other nights of the year, we each got two cookies. HOWEVER, on christmas eve, mom and dad would allow us to have as many cookies as we wanted. this was a BIG DEAL for the brother and me. i think we liked the concept of this “no rules for cookies” night as much as we loved the cookies themselves! and neither of us ever ate ourselves sick. but, we would enjoy a good many!
2. in high school, on the last day of school before christmas break, the entire school + teachers went rollerskating. true! on the last day of school, the entire student body boarded school buses and went up to good ol’ super skate seven, in waterloo. it was a total blast!
3. the brother and i opened advent calendars with chocolates behind the little doors, every year. false! no chocolates, as you read about here!
4. as kids, our family had to have a fake christmas tree because dad is allergic to pine needles. false! 1) dad has no allergies to anything and 2) we always had a real tree! some years, we cut it down ourselves (family outing with our good friends the m’s – vfbf joanne‘s fam) and other years we chose one from belgian nursery.
5. in the ’80s and ’90s, family tradition called for a rousing, three-generation game of stock ticker on christmas day afternoon (between sticky buns breakfast and turkey dinner). true! oh, the laughs (mostly at poor grandpa c’s expense) and good-natured ribbing as we all participated in an animated match of this stockmarket-themed board game (a gem from the ’60s).
6. we open presents in the same way, every year: we take turns, one person at a time, from youngest to oldest for the first go-’round, then oldest to youngest for the second round. true! i am very bossy, i confess, with enforcing our gift-opening system. plus, i get to be santa and pass out the gifts! don’t even try to mess with my
7. i was scared of mall santas when i was little, and refused to go up and visit jolly saint nick. false! while i was petrified of clowns, i never had a santa-fear.
8. i really dislike wearing the colour green, and will only wear it during the christmas season. false! i am not fond of wearing red (too funny as i must wear my red staff shirt for work) and only choose to wear red at either christmas or on valentine’s day.
9. gifts that have made me squeal and bop around with joy, in recent years, have included: a toronto maple leafs jersey; the abba box set of 4 cd’s; a barack obama tshirt. true! and my very, very favourite would be the abba box set.
10. our traditional christmas eve meal, going back to the ’70s, includes kentucky fried chicken, a shrimp ring, potato chips and dip, and root beer. true! unorthodox, you bet. but, this has been our traditional fest (followed by as many cookies as you want!) forever.
11. mom and i have never been to the december one of a kind craft show in toronto. false! mom and i have gone twice to one of a kind, maybe 6-8 years ago, now. we were both totally impressed with the creative genius on display, and purchased christmas gifts, but to be honest, it’s just a little too big for our liking. add in the drive to toronto, and the fact that we get dazed after a couple of hours…well, it’s really not worth the trip. (although i would go again as it’s been a few years).
12. i can recite ’twas the night before christmas off by heart. nope! i know the first few stanzas, and then all hope is lost.
13. i immensely dislike poinsettias. true! i much prefer amarylis as a holiday flower.
14. i have made and decorated a gingerbread house from scratch. true! this is a funny memory: in first or second year university, my bf at the time and i decided to bake, build and decorate a gingerbread house. we started in mid-morning and finished…late at night! this guy and i got along very, very well, but we had more spats on this gingerbread house day than at any other time. it was an architectural masterpiece at completion, i tell you!
15. i have spent one christmas in aruba and one christmas in whistler, b.c. false! i have been to aruba, never been to whistler, and always been home for christmas.
16. mom and i hit the malls as early as possible on boxing day – like, 6 a.m.! – to snap up awesome deals. false! i’ve worked boxing day ever since i started my current retail job, but even prior to that, mom and i never boxing day shopped, on principle. do you really need to shop sooo early on a holiday? although i don’t agree with the concept, i actually don’t mind working the 26th (but, we don’t open ’til 11 a.m.)!
17. if i had my way, we would have snow on the ground from christmas eve through new year’s day, and then it would magically disappear. true! a white christmas week is very pretty. a white december, january, february, march…not so much.
18. my favourite christmas show is “how the grinch stole christmas.” true! BUT only the 1966 boris karloff version. must watch every year! [more on this tradition tomorrow].
19. we go to midnight mass every christmas eve. false! not catholic, and i have never been to a midnight mass!
20. i once had the chicken pox at christmas. false! i’ve never had chicken pox. but the brother did, at christmas, 1982 (he was nine). happily, he was over the worst, by christmas day.
have you ever spent christmas away from home? i can’t say i’d object to sitting around in my bikini, surrounded by palm trees, on christmas day!