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2000: The Dreaded Christmas Letter
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2002: Typhoid Mary
2003:  Caroling, Caroling, Caroling
2004:  All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
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2006 At the Mercy of the Elements, 2
2007: A Bunch of Rocks
2008:  The Best for Last
2009:  The Pitter Patter of Little Feet
2010:  The Christmas Train
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2013:  Playing Santa
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17 December 2017

Welcome back to Sunday Stealing which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a link to the victim's questions in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us thieves!

  Last week we talked about things that bug us.  This week (and maybe next), how about things that we like about the holidays.  

Apologies if you do not celebrate Christmas, but perhaps you can change some questions to match the winter holiday you do celebrate.  I would love to hear from people who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Winter Solstice!


I know I posted these but as I go through them, I realize how my ideas/excitement about Christmas has changed over the years, especially since David and Paul died.  This year we have the added concern that we don't know if the Southern California fires, which are moving toward Santa Barbara, are going to result in Tom and his family having to evacuate, so that is a concern...and then, of course, our dog died this week.  So there is not a lot of cheer to motivate any of this!

1. What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
I always love any holiday that gets the family, however many of them can make it, together.

2. Do you send out Christmas cards and if so how many do you send?
I used to send more than 100, but as postage and card costs started skyrocketing, I went to designing a Christmas letter web page and sending the link to everyone, which is probably the most tacky way sending greetings, but I love doing it.  I prefer it to getting a card with a printed name and no personal message whatsoever.

3. Be honest: holiday newsletters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Since I've been writing one for more than 50 years, I love them.  I also love reading everyone else's...even people I don't know.

4. Be honest: photo cards. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Again, love 'em.  One nice thing about Christmas is to track the growth of everyone's family.  I love the baby pictures, the dog pictures, the growing-up kid pictures and watching our friends get old and grey, just like us.  I even like photo cards from people I've never met!

5. How soon do you start shopping?
I actually never STOP shopping.  If I see something in March that would be fun to give to someone, I'll buy it then and save it until December.

6. Real or fake tree?
Well, I really prefer a real tree, but with nobody around to see it, I went with a tiny fake tree last year and this year upgraded to a 4' tall fake tree.

7. When do you put up your tree?
We haven't done it yet.  Maybe tomorrow.

8. When do you take down your tree?
By January 6, if not before.

9. Describe your typical tree (size, decorations, type)
When the house was full of people, we had maybe a 6' tall real tree, decorated with a mixure of glass ornaments and the "special ones" that were either purchased (like the USS Enterprise with Spock wishing everyone a merry Christmas or the 49er ornaments), or made like those handprint ornaments I thought would be fun to have --they weigh a ton!  And then there are the "necropsy ornaments," symbols of our dead dogs.  This year we'll add Lizzie's collar, which Walt picked up from the vet yesterday.

10. What do you top your tree with?
Not  this year because the topper is too big, but we have a lovely angel that I love.

11. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Not any more.  We used to drape lights across the bushes in front ofthe house and called them the Nu-nu lights because it looked like it spelled out "nu-nu."  After Paul died, I just couldn't think of putting the nu-nu lights up again.

12. Is there a wreath hanging on your door?
No.  I have one.  I just haven't put it out yet.

13. Do you hang up stockings?
No.  Not in a very long time.  But it used to be fun to do it for the kids.

14. Your favorite Christmas Movie(s)
Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas

15. Be honest: A Christmas movie you don't like
Believe it or not, It's a Wonderful Life.

16. Favorite Christmas Song(s)
"Silver Bells," "Little Drummer Boy," and most of Bing Crosby's Christmas album

17. Be honest: If I hear this/these Christmas songs again I will throw up
"Feliz Navidad"

18. Give or Receive?
Definitely giving.  I love choosing gifts for people.

19. Eggnog or Mulled Cider?
Eggnog all the way.  With or without booze.

20. Ham or Turkey?
Turkey, but I may go with ham or lamb this year because time is going to be an issue.  Last year I cooked a prime rib roast, which was fabulous, but cost a fortune.


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