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One of these things is not like the other. December 7, 2006

Posted by marymac in Excuses for not posting.

As I continue to be sidelined by a job where they actually expect me to work, and the plague (plague, sinus infection — tomayto, tomahto), and trying to come up with new and clever text messages to send Monkee, and the blogpost-eating interweb, today is Choose Your Own Blogventure Day here at StoryValue. Enjoy!

Choice one: Who says feminists aren’t funny? (Alternate title: You can take the woman out of the women’s studies program, but you can’t make her shut up.)

Choice two: Holidaze Meme ganked from the loverly Peri:

NAME: marymac

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Eggnog, unless I am very cold or very craving chocolate. (Don’t dis the nog, people.)

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wrapped. And I am generally the wrapper.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? These days they’re white, but I think I liked the colored ones we had when I was a kid better.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No. Holiday is spent with family and friends of the family. Very no.

5. When do you put your decorations up? Nine days before Christmas — it’s an Italian thing.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? We don’t make exactly the same dishes every year, so I’m going with a specific food: crispele, also known as pizza fritta or fried dough. (There are lots of recipes for fried dough on the interweb — that one is closest to ours, except we usually don’t put sugar on it, and we make some of them flat and some doughnut-shaped.)

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: I was in charge of writing and addressing our cards from the time my handwriting became legible. I had this whole system for it and it got me out of a lot of holiday chores.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Probably when I was about four or five and found the presents under my parents’ bed. I don’t really remember believing in Santa, but I pretended for a while for my little brother.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? My mini-tree: with colorful mini ornaments. Mom’s tree is all white and gold and silver now because she’s gone all Martha Stewart, but it used to be a hodge-podge of very old ornaments, handmade stuff, and things we just liked. I think I liked the old way better.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I used to really hate it, but in recent years we’ve come to an understanding. Also, you sometimes get snow days when you work at an institute of higher education.

12. Can you ice skate? I’ve been once in my life and I spent most of the time on my butt.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I’m pretty sure my child-sized typewriter was a Christmas present. I was about six.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Hanging out with the kids and seeing how excited they are. Also, the food.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Cherry Winks. They take forever, what with all that maraschino cherry chopping, and they’re kind of disgusting, but I love making them. I enjoy the baking more than the consuming.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? The Feast of the Seven Fishes.

17. What tops your tree? Mine: a mini-star. Mom’s: a blinky-blinky angel.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Both.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? An Italian song about how Christmas is coming and you’re broke so you might as well read the paper and go to bed. Favorite traditional song is Tu Scende Delle Stelle (You Come Down From the Stars), which I now have the tune of in my head. Thanks, meme.)

20. Candy Canes… Yuck or Yum? About one a year is yum. Any more than that becomes yuck very quickly.



1. Laura - December 7, 2006

candy cane dissolved in hot chocolate–yum!

And I want some of that fried dough. Who doesn’t like fried dough?

2. Valerie - December 7, 2006

I have to say that fried dough sounds more appetizing than spelt. 🙂 Maybe when you’ve been tipping back the eggnog for a few hours the spelt starts to seem appetizing.

I really do find people’s different traditions fascinating, though!

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