holiday this or that

on the seventeeth day of december...

i don’t have one specific source for today’s quiz – the “this or that” idea pops up on blogs fairly frequently. this game is simple – pick the option that applies to you. my votes are noted, below. since it’s december 17th, we have seventeen choices! onwards!

1. decorated cookies: gingerbread or sugar cookies? sugar! not a super-huge fan of the ginger flavour.

2. tree decorations: colour-themes or random/assorted ornaments? i love trees that are multi-colour and feature decorations that are near and dear to the heart. martha stewart/brian gluckstein/professional designer trees may be jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but i prefer personal touches and warmth.


3. gift-wrapping presents: gift paper or gift bags? paper! bags may be easier and more environmentally friendly ’cause you can reuse them, but i love wrapping presents and love matching paper to the gift recipient. however: i dislike bargain paper that rips easily and feels cheap to the touch.

4. outdoor fun: toboganning or skating party? i would choose skating – although i have no skates, currently! i have very fun childhoood memories of crazy carpet + toboggan outings, either just our family or with vfbf joanne‘s family!

5. icicle lights: pretty or tacky? i like all lights, so i’ll give them the ok.


6. special night out: the nutcracker ballet or a christmas carol theatre performance? nutcracker! i’ve seen this classic performed twice, i think – once at the centre in the square, and once in toronto. i would go again in a heartbeat!

7. cards: paper or electronic? paper! i love both the sending and the receiving.

8. crooners: michael bublé or bing crosby? michael bublé has a new album out this year, and it’s good! but i’ll go with bing for this question – he gets the nod because of this rendition of little drummer boy, with david bowie (thanks, vfbf joanne for the link!).

9. tinsel: gobs or single strands? [haha, tangent – as kids, when we had family tree decorating day, it was tradition to try to decorate dad with tinsel without him knowing. talk about gobs of fun.]. i’ll say it’s ok to clump on the tinsel. some people (ahem, dad) are adamant about single strands, only. and some people dislike tinsel all together! (can’t imagine!).

10. greenerie: holly or ivy? ivy!


11. gift cards as gifts: yes or no? ooo, this is the big extended-family debate! some family members (ahem, dear brother o’ mine) are very vocal about the banning of gift cards in the family gift exchange. i abide by this rule…however, i have no objection whatsoever to receiving a gift card. and i think it’s totally ok to give a gift card. easy shopping, and much appreciated (by most people!).

12. family visiting: one family per day or get them all over with in one day fit multiple gatherings into one day? thankfully, i’ve never had to do the two-turkey-dinners-in-one-day type-thing. one family per day gets my vote. otherwise, you’re looking at emotional and sugar overloads, i do believe!

13. festive expressions: season’s greetings or happy holidays? season’s greetings always strikes me as slightly cold and corporate. i like happy holidays if you need a generic, friendly term. i like merry christmas, even more!


14. turkey meat: white or dark? traditionally dark has been my go-to. although the way mom cooks our turkey (blast high heat for a shorter time) does make the white meat juicy and very tasty.

15. drinks: egg nog or hot chocolate? ummm, not a fan of either really, but if i had to pick, i’d go with hot chocolate. again, fond memories of going tobogganing then heading home for hot choco with mini-marshmallows in our santa mugs.

16. gift opening: rip ‘n’ throw or pick off the tape neatly and save the paper? i’m more of a ripper than a pick-picker. the KING of the rip ‘n’ throw, done with vigour and flamboyance, is my uncle paul! he’s unmatchable!

17. scented candles: cinnamon or evergreen? yum – cinnamon! and any variation thereof, like apple pie, cookies, caramel, etc.

[i’ve purposely omitted topics we’ve discussed recently, like turkey vs stuffing, real trees vs fake, white vs green christmas, children’s tv specials, christmas songs, boxing day shopping, etc. wow, you’d almost think it’s been all christmas all the time around here, of late!].

your turn! answer all or one -> i’d love to hear your responses!

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  • Johanna B  On December 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Must comment on drink choices – egg nog or hot chocolate. I refuse to choose. I love them both. I do prefer commercial egg nog to homemade though, with a shot of nutmeg on top.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      haha – i love your REFUSAL to choose – i hope you alternate back and forth! nutmeg – mmm!!! and it saves you work to BUY eggnog instead of MAKE it! i am SO in agreement about a mix of ornaments that hold emotional value – i’ll take that, too, over a “professional” look!

  • Johanna B  On December 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Although I like to view themed trees I’ll probably never have one in my house. For 24 years I’ve collected ornaments – homemade, childmade, Hallmark, etc. It’s an eclectic lot and I love them all. I’ll never give up my motley crew for a theme.

  • Stephanie  On December 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Oh, that’s my FAVOURITE Christmas song. Every time it comes on, I shush everyone and just sit and listen. Even now, just thinking about it, it’s like I’m listening to it in my brain. Ah.

    I’m honestly not crazy about those plastic gift bags…I think they do more harm than good in the long run. They may get reused a few times, but once they get folded and bent, they end up in the garbage. At least the paper can be recycled. Last year, I came across a huge sale on pretty scarves…10 for 10 bucks. I bought 10 and used them all year as gift wrap, so that the wrapping was an extra gift. They looked so pretty, and I really wish that I had bought more! This year I’m using paper. I love the act of wrapping gifts.

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

      i’ve heard several versions of little drummer boy this year, and i don’t think you can mess that song up, it’s just so amazing. but the bing + david version is outstanding. i am going to remember to shush people, too! oh, thank you for making me feel better about using wrap – and it is true, we can just recycle it in with the newspapers. wow – GREAT idea to use those inexpensive scarves! and wrapping gifts is more satisfying to my crafty-artsy side than making cards, must say!

  • Zo  On December 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Here goes. 1. Sugar cookies (like gingerbread, but sometimes it’s too sharp..sugar is dependable). 2. Since I didn’t do tree decorating as a kid I’m awed by all kinds. Ours (which we’re doing today) is going to be a hodge-podge. 3. Paper…but bags for difficult or small things go in bags. 4. Skating I guess…staying inside drinking hot chocolate is better. 5. icicle lights are pretty 6. either nutcracker or carol would be fine 7. Paper cards. 8. no real preference on crooners. 9. no clue on the tinsel 10. no clue on the greenery…11. I’m fine getting gift cards but try to avoid getting for others unless they’ve asked for them. 12. family visiting has never really been an issue. 13. I’m fine with merry christmas/happy hanukkah, but for my cards, go with happy holidays. 14. white meat turkey! 15. hot chocolate! 16. I start neat and then get messy..don’t save the paper. 17. cinnamon for candles. Food smells always win!

    • 1970kikiproject  On December 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      oh, you’re such a good sport, zo! thanks for playing the game, in full. i really enjoyed reading your answers. i love #4, and #16, esp! have fun doing your tree today. will you put a photo or two on the blog? i bet sc kittie will want to “help out” with the ornamenting!

      • Zo  On December 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Absolutely! And sc kitty has been investigating.

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