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My Favorite Things

Ok, here’s a LONG Christmas list (probably the longest I’ve ever done), taken from Karyn’s blog (Vexed in the City). I warn you…it’s LONG!

Favorite Christmas…

  1. Non-Jesus-related song: Baby, It’s Cold Out Side
  2. Jesus-related song: O Holy Night
  3. Santa-related song: Must Be Santa
  4. Fictional Character: Aunt Bethanie (Christmas Vacation)
  5. Dinner’s Main Course: ham and all the fixin’s
  6. Dinner’s Dessert: we’re strange: eclairs
  7. Scent: gingerbread and sugar cookies
  8. Animated Movie: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  9. Non-animated movie: Too many! White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa
  10. Personal Memory: Getting the Weebles Haunted House as a kid
  11. Story/fairy tale: the whole Santa thing, I suppose.

This or That?

  1. Candy Cane or Peppermint Patties? patties….mmmm gooey!
  2. Sugar or gingerbread cookies? Sugar cookies, but gingerbread loaf
  3. Tinsel or beaded strands: tinsel (though a bitch to clean up)
  4. Multi-colored of same-colored lights? SAME COLOR (white) ONLY
  5. Flashing lights or still? Still…though there are some new white ones where only a few twinkle, That’s not objectionable.
  6. Wreathes or mistletoe/holly? Wreathes
  7. Rudolph or Frosty? What gay boy doesn’t relate to Rudolph?
  8. Sledding or snowball fights? Sledding.
  9. Snow or ice/icicles? Snow.
  10. Snow hat or ear muffs? Muffs…hats mess up your hair.
  11. Getting or Giving? You’re naughty. But I like the idea of giving…I just suck at it.
  12. Snow days or plow trucks? Snow days!
  13. Stockings or presents? Presents, I guess.
  14. Cookies & milk or letter to Santa? Cookies…cuz then you can eat them yourself.
  15. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Eve, definitely.
  16. Log Burning Channel or Real Thing? I’ve never had a fireplace so TV, baby.
  17. Cards or emails? Cards…I’d be offended if I got a Christmas email.
  18. Shoveling or Cleaning off the car? How about his? Don’t own a car.
  19. The Inn’s Manager or the animals? WTF?
  20. Mary & Joseph or the Wise Men? They’re all fiction.
  21. Hot cocoa or eggnog. TOUGH. I’ll go with eggnog (I prefer cold beverages)
  22. Jack Frost or Little Drummer Boy. Jack Frost.

Yay…or Ugh!

  1. Holiday shopping? ugh
  2. Icy roads? ugh
  3. Limited driving visability? ugh
  4. Christmas carolers? yay (just not on my doorstep)
  5. Mall Santas? yay
  6. Salvation Army Santas? ugh (until they become more gay friendly)
  7. Blizzards? yay
  8. 24/7 holiday radio? yay
  9. Freezing cold? ugh
  10. Setting up the tree? yay
  11. Wrapping presents? yay
  12. Visiting/seeing family? yay
  13. Ad-lib on Rudolph lyrics? ugh
  14. Free mint red/white candy? ugh
  15. Belief in Santa Claus? yay
  16. Chocolate countdown calendar (advent)? yay (only as a source for candy)
  17. Peeking at your gifts? yay
  18. Making out with Santa under mistletoe? ugh…and ewww
  19. Decorated houses? yay
  20. Extreme decorated houses? yay
  21. White Christmas morning? yay
  22. Searching for ornaments in attic (basement for me)…yay
  23. Santa knowing when you’re sleeping and awake? ugh

First Thought That Comes To Your Mind When You Hear…

  1. Snowflake: pretty!
  2. Pinecones: brown
  3. Elves: cute
  4. Sleigh: romantic
  5. Presents: fun
  6. Cookies: yummy
  7. Mistletoe: silly
  8. Rudolph: gay
  9. Blizzard: exciting
  10. School’s canceled: better be!
  11. Ice skating: hell to the no
  12. Santa’s lap: booze
  13. Black Friday: crazy stunt created by retail industry.
  14. Melting snow: ugly
  15. Lumps of coal? dirty
  16. Nutcracker: tights
  17. Ho Ho Ho: happy
  18. North Pole: wanna’ go someday!

What’s a Winter Activity YOU do?

  1. In the snow by yourself? Walk to work
  2. Inside by yourself? alternate between watching weather channel, local news, and looking out the window.
  3. In a public place? look out the window and plan my exit.
  4. With friends/family in snow at home: alternate between watching weather channel, local news, looking out the window.

Grade/Rate Holiday Movies (A – F)

  1. A Christmas Story: A-
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: b+
  3. The Santa Clause: never saw, but can’t imagine a high score)
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: A (a classic)
  5. Frosty the Snowman: B
  6. Home Alone: A-
  7. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: A
  8. Elf: A-
  9. Miracle on 34th Street: never saw it
  10. A Charlie Brown Christmas: A (love the dancing)
  11. White Christmas: A

The_____Present You’ve Received?

  1. Most expensive: single item? Wii console? Telescope?
  2. Ugliest? can’t recall. I don’t dwell on the negative.
  3. Worthless? can’t recall. I don’t dwell on the negative.
  4. Most-wanted? something travel related. Unlimited frequent flyer miles?
  5. Most-unwanted? um…kids toys? women’s lingerie? a kid? a woman?
  6. Never-used? Don’t know..tend to re-gift those items so somebody else can use.
  7. Exchanged for something else? various clothes items.
  8. Biggest? no idea.
  9. Most meaningful? Am I bad person if I can’t recall?

Christmas At My House?

  1. Tree is real/fake? Fake!
  2. Tree is under/above 4-feet? Above.
  3. Open gifts Christmas Eve/Day? Christmas Eve.
  4. House/entire yard decorated? House
  5. Amount of present under tree? 37 at the moment
  6. Snowman is male or female? most are unisex
  7. Homemade/Delivered/Takeout Xmas dinner? Home made, but usually from box, jar, or freezer.
  8. Bedtime is before or after midnight? After
  9. Wake up is before/after 7am? After
  10. Christmas shopping before/after Thanksgiving? Both

Have You Ever?

  1. Built a snowman? yes
  2. Heard Santa’s sleigh? Seriously?
  3. Seen Santa/Rudolph in the sky? Again, seriously?
  4. Sat on Santa’s lap? The ones at the mall, yes.
  5. Shoveled the driveway/walk? Too many times.
  6. Made snow angels? yes
  7. Built a fort/igloo? Yes
  8. Wrote a Christmas list? yes
  9. Wrote a letter to Santa? no
  10. Left cookies/milk? no
  11. Caught a snowflake on my tongue? yes
  12. Went caroling? yes
  13. Got hurt during winter season? Probably…but can’t attribute it to the season.
  14. Got ice skating/sledding? Yes to both
  15. Kissed under a mistletoe? yes
  16. Experienced/saw miracle happen? Never
  17. Get everything you wanted for Christmas? not always.
  18. Cooked/baked? yes

 How Does He Do It?

  1. Get Down the Chimney? Glide lube?
  2. Deliver presents all over the world? FedEx
  3. Get so fat and still act so jolly? sugar high
  4. Recruit reindeer for sleigh-pulling lessons? slavery
  5. Provide compensation for elves? he promises not to eat them
  6. Stay unseen for the rest of the world? by not existing in reality?

Share your Stories in 1 Sentence?

  1. Best Christmas you’ve ever had? I loved all of my childhood ones.
  2. The most upsetting Christmas youv’e ever had? The few immediately after a large list of relatives died (cousins, aunts, uncles, grandfather).
  3. One hilarious Christmas blooper? My holidays have been blooper free.

True or False?

  1. You prefer to stay inside where it’s warm? true
  2. You’ve given something (or $) to charity? true
  3. You spent more than what people spent on you? unknown
  4. You like to take your time opening presents? false
  5. The thing you want most this year costs $100+? I haven’t asked for anything.
  6. You expect to get more than 10 presents this year? true
  7. You’re a Scrooge/Grinch? false
  8. Christmas=snow? true (in my dreams)
  9. You know the lyrics to more than 25 Christmas songs? true…and more!

 Grab Bag

  1. Three best things about Christmas? lights, music, family/friends
  2. Worst Christmas Song? Most contemporary ones by d-list R&B, country, or pop singers.
  3. IF you were a Christmas characeter, who would you be? Herbie.
  4. Why type of decoration should stop being made? colored lights
  5. Tastiest holiday treat? those candy can shaped sugar cookies (white and red)
  6. Favorite pop-culture/stereotypical Christmas icon? candles in the window
  7. FKnow how to make cookies/brownies from scratch? If you give me a recipe.
  8. Ever cut your mouth on candy cane? No, don’t really like them.
  9. What other culture would you like to experience Christmas? Huh? I don’t want to force it on other cultures/religions.
  10. Will you make a Christmas picture for your blog? Hell yeah!
  11. Real tree, artificial, or no tree? Artificial (no clean up).
  12. Eggnog, cider, or mulled wine? eggnog (cold beverages again)
  13. Spiritual or secular celebration. Despite my atheism, I prefer a mix of both. I hate “holiday parties that are lacking green and red and silver and gold.
  14. Favorite Christmas music? traditional
  15. One Special Holiday Memory? All of my childhood ones when we came to Boston with all of my aunts/uncles/cousins and had dinner on Christmas Eve at an Italian restaurant, then spent Christmas Day with everybody.
  16. Favorite Holiday dish? I’m not too picky.
  17. Were you with family last year? My parents and Randy…that’s family.


  1. Comment by Karyn on December 12, 2008 2:03 pm

    Did you really say “fixins”?

  2. Comment by Karyn on December 12, 2008 2:03 pm

    Wait, maybe he’s one of the reindeer.

  3. Comment by snarl on December 12, 2008 7:01 pm

    Yep, I did say fixin’s! is that wrong?

  4. Comment by Melody on December 16, 2008 12:31 pm

    Okay Karl, I let yesterday go without anything new but today too? SOMETHING must be happening that you can tell us about. Come on Mister!

  5. Comment by snarl on December 16, 2008 7:03 pm

    Oh! I’m alive! I just managed to catch a nasty cold…so I’ve been home recuperating the past two days. I hope to be back to normal tomorrow!

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