true true false false

on the eleventh day of december...

aloha, friends! (i am thinking of my friend ken, from the store, who is running the honolulu marathon, today. is he a lucky duck, or what?!).

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 rules traditions!

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!

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  • Johanna B  On December 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Have I ever spent Christmas away from home? Yep, while we were 18-wheeeling it I spent Christmas day holed up in a Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, WY because of an ice-storm that went through Christmas eve and stopped all travel into or out of the city. My husband and I had a quiet day and the truck stayed parked outside the door. We did slip and slide on our feet through the parking lot to get Christmas dinner at a nearby restaurant that was actually open.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      wow – now THAT is a memorable christmas, johanna! thanks for sharing that story. i bet it was not an experience you would want to repeat, but at least you were safe and had food and accomodation! sounds like a movie scene!

  • Johanna B  On December 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    How sad. I love poinsettias. Did you know that the climate in New Orleans is temperate enough that you can plant your Christmas ones and expect them to grow and even bloom the next year? My mom had a yard full of them.

    “13. i immensely dislike poinsettias. true! i much prefer amarylis as a holiday flower.”

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

      wow! that is really neat – i did NOT know that you could plant your poinsettias. i would LOVE to see a yard of them – i bet that’s really pretty…maybe i’d be converted?!

  • Lisa  On December 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I loved this—I read both posts just now and did take a guess before I looked at the answers! I got a couple wrong…so this was a good learning experience!

    I’ve been away from home at christmas 3 times. Once in Cali in high school (with relatives, but not with my immediate family), once while I lived in Boston (wait, maybe that happened twice.), and once I flew to Miami on Christmas to meet a boyfriend there. It was after I moved back to NY, and the BF was living in DC. It was also during an airline employee strike, so my luggage was lost and I got all new stuff (note: the beach was not warm at that time of year, but it was still warmer than home!).

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      thanks, lisa! i tried for a mix of questions that we’ve talked about and maybe some that would be new info! maybe you will get to spend christmas in a WARM florida, some year! that would be nice! šŸ™‚ lost luggage at christmas? not so nice!!

  • The Orchard  On December 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I spent my first 30 Christmases at home with my family. It wasn’t until moving here 8 years ago (now you know how old I am) that that particular tradition stopped. I have never been anywhere other than my family home or my own home for Christmas.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      well, thanks for sharing your age tricia! (i think i knew already from your blog)! at least you have always been with family – that is the best!

  • Zo  On December 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I’m relieved I got the ones I picked right! I have actually been to midnight mass, which is funny since the religious parts of Christmas are definitely not part of a Jewish upbringing! It was a nice atmosphere.
    I have been away from home for Christmas when I was a student and living in Europe in my early 20s. I’ve spent one Christmas in Germany, one in the UK, one in Prague, but most of the others have been in NJ (I think one was with my mom in California).

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

      that is cool that you tried the midnight mass experience! wow, christmas in europe…that sounds very cultured/refined, thanks to all the history, if that makes sense. enjoy your sunday, zo!

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