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Christmas Traditions…thanks, Sweetpea!

December 16, 2007

Thanks to Sweetpea, for posting this meme on her blog. I love it, so here goes!

1. Favorite Christmas cartoon: “The Year Without a Santa Claus”. It used to be good ol’ Charlie Brown, but it’s recently been supplanted by “TYWASC”. Why? Because of the “Heat Miser” song, and the fact that my otherwise-buttoned-down husband loves to dance around the house singing it (and he also changes the words to suit the situation).

2. Favorite Christmas movie: “A Christmas Story.” Sarah, you’re welcome. My favorite line: “sons o’ bitches! Bumpeses!” I remember the first time I watched this movie – completely against my will. My parents and my aunt & uncle rented it for me, my sister, and cousisns (on Betamax!), as a way of babysitting us while the adults did something grown-up. I remember sayin, “I don’t want to watch this stupid movie! It’s going to be dumb! Can’t we watch cartoons?”. Little did I know…

3. Favorite Christmas song (traditional): “O Holy Night”, doesn’t matter who sings it. Even Cartman. I just love it.

4. Favorite Christmas song (pop/modern): I’m with Shannon: “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waittresses. It just isn’t Christmas without it.

4a. Contemporary Christmas song that I absolutely HATE: Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime”. I want to shoot myself when I hear it.

5. Favorite Christmas cookie (or other festive food): Russian Teacakes, that I make myself. Also, Cherry Poppyseed Twinks. I will post the recipes in a future post (today, I promise). They completely ROCK. I also am partial to Cheesy Artichoke Dip.

6. Favorite family tradition: We didn’t really have any traditions, per se, except for traveling to Albany on Christmas Day to visit my grandparents. I think this is why I will probably always live around here – so many good memories of getting here, being here, and it feeling like home, even though it wasn’t, until much later. My Mom tells me that I thought my grandparents’ house WAS Albany, and if you left it, you left Albany. Ah, to be a kid again.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon permalink
    December 20, 2007 9:58 am

    I can finally add a contemporary Christmas song that I absolutely HATE HATE HATE…makes my ears bleed, etc,.

    Anne and Nancy Wilson (formally known as Heart)singing Blue Christmas. I can’t stand that song normally but to hear Nancy Wilson screeching this song against the twangy country-ish orchestrations….OH DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!

    Nancy – I love your voice. You and your sister were pioneers for women in rock music (Barracuda is one of my all-time faves)….why oh why did you do this???


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