23 November 2006

General Bits & Pieces and a Stolen MeMe

Another day closer to Christmas - what fun! There is a very good survey result in December's Readers' Digest (the Australian version) of what we Aussies think about Christmas. The top opinion was that, no matter the stresses, dysfunctional family members, quarrels and what-have-you, we would rather spend Christmas with our families and/or close friends.

Stands to reason though, doesn't it? If we didn't spend this one family-orientated day of the year with our families, who would we spend it with? Love 'em or hate 'em, families are the only ones that know and accept us warts and all - well, mostly.

Cooper came to visit yesterday, as he does every Thursday unless I'm working in the city. At almost six months old (hasn't the time whizzed by?), he is sitting up, crawling (in his fashion) and has one tooth. He has also realised he can make noises - and he certainly does! He squeals, growls, laughs and does the dadadadad, mumumum thing.

He is also fascinated with Oscar, who being a very hedonistic cat, goes and lies on Cooper's rug when it's laid out on the floor. Of course, Cooper think that's just great and clutches great handfuls of fur or an ear or a tail. Instead of moving out of the way, Oscar just lies there and mews pathetically so I have to pick him up and deposit him somewhere out of harm's way! No sense, that cat...

I went and visited Pea who has a Christmas MeMe on one of her posts, so I stole it. However, Pea had nicked it from someone who had probably nicked it from someone..

1.Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

Champagne cocktail thanks. I like to get an early start.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Oh definitely wrapped. Otherwise, where's the anticipation?

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Either/or, or both!

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Do we have mistletoe in Queensland??

5. When do you put up your decorations?
Not until at least December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Where to start...garlic prawns, fresh, chilled mangoes, cold sliced turkey and cranberry sauce...

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
As a six-year-old going to Carols by Candlelight on a lovely balmy evening and looking up and seeing all the stars and the Southern Cross. That memory has always remained with me and when I hear Hark the Herald Angels Sing it brings it back to me. I guess we were singing that hymn when I looked up at the stars.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I'm in denial.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Years ago my parents had a licenced restaurant and they roped me, my brothers and sundry cousins in to work on Christmas Day. So we had our Christmas on Christmas Eve (and felt a bit seedy the next day when we had to work!).

10. What kind of decorations are on your Christmas Tree?
I always remember the ones we had as kids. Beautiful glow in the dark angels. I have never seen them since and I have looked all over.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread?
Not applicable in the tropics

12. Can you ice skate?
Nope, but I can roller skate. Can't snow ski either, but I can water ski. Go figure...

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Classified information - giggle!

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Not going to work.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Strawberry daiquiris - I only have drinkable desserts!

16 What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Sitting in the pool, sunglasses and hat on, drinking my dessert!

17. What tops your tree?
It used to be a big gold star.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both, of course!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
Yep, have to go with "O Holy Night".

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yummy?
I can take them or leave them.


PEA said...

Hi Robyn:-) Finally catching up on everyone again! What fun that you decided to do this meme too...I don't usually care for them but I thought this one was a lot of fun! Loved your answers...liquid desserts huh?? hehe Gosh, I can't get over Cooper is already 6 months old...like you said, where does the time fly by!!! Take good care my friend xoxo

Merle said...

Hi Robyn Thanks for your comments for
a safe trip and yes John is very helpful and I try not to bother him too much. Loved your answers to the meme. Your little grandson sounds lovely and says dada and mummum. Are you going to be Nan or Gran ? Oscar is so funny expecting you to rescue him. I smiled at your liquid desserts.I spoke to my daughter this morning and she is coming to pick me up for Christmas and her daughter will bring me home
They live 5 hours away. Take care
my friend, Love, Merle.

Gattina said...

Lol, nice answers ! We always use to celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve and not the 25th. In Germany everybody does so.

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Have got this idea yesterday going from Blog to Blog for Thursday 13 group !

Granny said...

Nice meme. My brother and I were always allowed to open one present on Christmas eve. I do the same with the girls who keep trying to inch it back earlier and earlier.

Mountain Mama said...

Your Oscar makes me laugh. He sounds like a big baby, wanting you to come rescue him. Funny cat!
The meme is interesting. I am trying to imagine a place where there is no snow or ice.
Tonight it is about 37 degrees and raining buckets. My daughter just called me from a toen about 30 miles from where I live. She is driving through a hail storm. I'll be relieved when she is home safe.

Tammy said...

Happy Thanksgiving and Howdy from Kentucky my friend...I loved your meme and my daughter and I have copied it and I'll do it soon when I get back to Ohio.
You are such a funny girl...I wondered did you have one of your drinkable desserts while doing the meme...hehe ;-D

Lee said...

Yes, Robyn...we do have mistletoe in Queensland. You see it growing on trees everywhere. So, just start standing under trees...I do it...hasn't worked for me yet, though! ;)

I always make egg nog for Christmas Eve...either using rum or brandy...whichever one I feel like on that particular Chrissy Eve. And on Christmas morning I make Bellinis...just crazy traditions of my own making! I must agree with you on the strawberry daiquiris, too...any daiquiris! Mango, banana, peach, apricot..yummmmy!

As for my favourity Christmas song...any that I'm not singing! ;)

Remiman said...

I thought this was a grat way to start off the "season" so I followed your lead and put one up on my blog. I'd first sen it from my son.
I'll be bringing the BOXES of decorations down from the attic today, so the season has definitely begun for us. It's a climb and a chin-up for me to get into our attic. When I get old we'll have to store them in a empty bedroom.

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DellaB said...

Hi Robyn, and they grow and change so quickly, it's amazing. I seem to remember that babies lasted a lot longer in the old days?

Nicole said...

Geez woman... you could have elaborated on that giggle!
I am getting the distinct feeling that fluids will be holding you up this jolly season, yes? I'll have to find you a few new 'recipes'.... so people lose track of how many you've had lol. Sending you a great big Queensland smile. xox Nic

Meow said...

Great answers, Robyn. Sounds like you enjoy a liquid dessert, or two !! Nothing wrong with that, after all, it's Christmas !!
Oscar sounds like a cheeky kitty. What is it with cats and baby rugs ???
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

Gattina said...

I hope you are busy and not sick ! We have a lot of colds going around here. I miss your kookaburra (?) laughing.