You know what's traditional for the holidays in our house? Sure, joy, peace, family together time. Gifts and good food and pretty decorations. Yeah, there's that. But at the Sorensen household, there is one tradition that is absolutely not to be missed. Sacrosanct, in fact.
It's the stomach flu.
At one point last night (or very early this morning, my internal clock is all off), Haley and Jake were puking in stereo.
I am just sitting around waiting for Nathan to start throwing up. And then I will. Kendell never gets it. I'm pretty sure that's because he graciously allows me to take care of the kids while they're sick, but whatever. Maybe it's my body's annual purge, the immunological equal of cleaning out all the closets? At any rate, i know it is coming. Coming soon.
I hate throwing up.
Anyway. I have lots of lovely and delightful and non-vomit-related topics to blog about, but I am T.I.R.E.D. So, instead I'm stealing this meme from my friend Chris's blog. And going to bleach the toilets.
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I use both. The kids have a gift bag I use for their Christmas Eve Pjs every year (the same one), and I have loved that tradition. When I’m doing the wrapping, I use bags for odd-shaped stuff, because I am enough like my mother that poorly-wrapped packages bug me. Dumb, I know.
2. Real or Artificial tree? In theory I wish we had a real tree every year. But aside from the first year in our house, we’ve always had fake because A—a real tree doesn’t seem very environmentally friendly to me (of course...thinking about it, I bet fake trees aren’t very good for the environment, either, all those chemicals that come from making it, the lead in the lights...gee, I’m cheery tonight!) and B—I am 100% certain I will never find a pre-lit real tree. I HATE putting lights on the tree!
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually I try to get it up on the first Monday in December. This year, that did not go as planned. Between the stomach flu, the extra shifts at work, doctor’s appointments, and my general holiday craziness, it didn’t get put up this year until yesterday.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime during the first week of January. It’s always depressing to me.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yeah, but not enough to put up with all the calories in it, so I don’t drink it very often. My kids LOVE it, though. My mom used to make us homemade eggnog, but now I shudder at the thought I used to drink raw eggs...gross!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? I didn’t realize it when I received them, but my rag dolls. I played with them SO much! Also the watch I got when I was 11 or 12, I still have it in my jewelry box.
7. Hardest person to buy for? Kendell. He doesn’t really have any hobbies, he’s pretty laid back about his clothes, and anything he needs he just goes out and buys. My mom’s pretty hard to shop for, too.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Kaleb, at this point!
9. Do you have a nativity scene? "A" nativity? I’m not sure I understand the question. Just one? At current count I have nine. And there is one I am trying to talk myself down from buying. Plus a nativity quilt and a nativity wall hanging. Apparently I also have a Nativity Problem.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Absolutely snail-mail Christmas cards. I love them, both getting and sending!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I honestly can’t remember a bad Christmas gift!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Little Drummer Boy.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? If I find a good deal, I’ll buy for Christmas whenever, but I generally really get started about the middle of October. You can find some surprisingly great deals then, but without the crowds.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope. But I have regifted plenty of Christmas gift bags!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Hmmmmm...if I list everything I like, do you promise not to think I am a glutton? OK then: Christmas treats: fudge, caramel, and divinity. (I have got to call my mom and ask her to make me some divinity!) Christmas morning: wassail. Christmas night dinner: cheese potatoes. Also: candy cane ice cream. And those candy cane cookies! The sweet cereal stuff my neighbor makes every year. Oh, I forgot truffles. I should stop now!
16. Lights on the tree? Kendell always wanted multicolored but it is one of the things I put my foot down about: Lights need to be white!
17. Favorite Christmas songs? The Carol of the Bells, What Child is This?
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We always spend Christmas night with my family.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Absolutely! (I did you a favor with this question. There was an apostrophe in reindeer that I removed. As well as an unnecessary S, as "reindeer" is like "fish." No S to make it plural. I hope you’ll sleep better now.)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Maybe (ok, probably!) I am far too picky, because I have looked every year for the past 17 or so years for the perfect angel or star for my tree. I’ve never found anything I really liked, though, so I always put a Santa hat on the top. It works!
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We open the traditional Christmas Eve Pjs and each kid opens a gift from a sibling. Everything else is on Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Feeling my limitations...there is so much I would like to do, but never enough time. Also pushy, rude shoppers. Oh, and crowded parking lots.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? My tree’s theme is Santa, but as the kids get a new ornament every year, it’s mostly become a random hodgepodge of their ornaments.
24. Real Reason for Christmas? Christ, of course. I am doing a couple of new things this year to help the focus stay there.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? When my kids ask me this question, I always say "just for everyone to get along and be kind to each other." If we’re talking material things, I’d say the new Canon 50d, but I’d really just rather have peace on earth. Or at least in my own little family!