Monday, December 17, 2007

I figure it's about time I started posting something to do with Christmas

So, I give you a Christmas meme that has been going around. If only because I haven't been feeling the joy of the season so much yet and we have one week before Christmas Eve. Pathetic. I will even post it in red and green to make myself feel that much more festive. Enjoy!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? For the most part, I do traditional wrapping paper. In the past it's always been plain metallic red or gold, but I got sick of that this year and bought some super cute stuff from Target. It doesn't match my tree, but hey, it's adorable. I use gift bags for a few presents, but hello? That makes it way too easy for kids to peek.

2. Real tree or artificial? Totally fake. My mom and I got up early on Black Friday to get it for a killer deal the first Christmas I was married. It still looks wonderful, and I still love it. Aside from that one Christmas in Arizona where we figured out that we left the tree pole in my parents' basement in Utah when we moved, it's served us well.

3. When do you put up the tree? The goal is the day after Thanksgiving. This year was the first time I did not make that goal because we were out of town for Thanksgiving. Crazy that we've never been gone that weekend before!

4. When do you take the tree down? The goal is New Year's Day. The only time I didn't make that goal was when I was newly pregnant with Sophia. I was so sick that I couldn't do it. The tree stayed up till March when my mom came down to Arizona and did it for me. And if you're wondering why Joel didn't do it, well, he was working on his dissertation and trying to deal with a wife that was basically dying....who has time to deal with Christmas decorations?

5. Do you like eggnog? Blech.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? It was the year Cabbage Patch Kids had come out and I wanted one so badly. Unfortunately, not only were they almost impossible to get, they were quite expensive and my dad had been laid off of his job that year. So, my mom had bought a fake CPK, withouth the hard head, and totally handmade. My best friend across the street also got a handmade version and we played with them all the time. I named mine Leesa (yes, apparently I was into unique names even as a 7 year old). I still have her, in fact. She lives on Chloe's bed.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Quite a few, actually. I only put two out this year, my Precious Moments set and my Willow Tree set. Neither are actually complete, but sometimes I get new pieces under the tree.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. Even when I was a kid he could never think of anything he wanted when asked. Seems I always got him new socks. Now, I get my parents a gift together and it is generally geared more to my mother. Oh, and it seems Bria is extremely hard to buy for this year. :)

9. Easiest person to buy for? Probably Joel. Not only easy, but fun too, because he gets very excited about his gifts when he opens them (if he loves them, and I am pretty good at picking surprising things that he also loves).

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever got? Hmmm...I'm sure I've received my share of not so great gifts, but I don't really remember them. I'm sure it was probably a totally uncool article of clothing I received from a grandparent during my teenage hafta look cool years. And even then, it shouldn't count because I'm sure it wasn't as bad as I imagined it to be. I know I took several items of clothing that my parents bought me back to the store during those same years.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail them. It's the only thing I do to keep in touch with people throughout the year. Sad, but true. I am surprised at the amount of email cards I have already received this year. Wonder what Miss Manners has to say about that? It's certainly cheaper and less work. However, I so love getting Christmas cards in the mail at this time of year that I'm sure everyone else feels the same way. That is why I send cards.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually the day after Thanksgiving. I really would like to get my act together enough to get it started much earlier than that, though. Like July would be nice.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I've definitely recycled gifts before, but it's hard to say if they were actually Christmas gifts or not. For instance, I just gave my niece a picture frame for Christmas that I won at a baby shower.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? I shouldn't answer this question due to the sabotage it will inflict on my diet. But, it's probably fudge or peppermint brittle.

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear. I am not in love with the look of multicolored, but I would do all one color. Like an all red lit tree would be gorgeous, don't you think?

17. Favorite Christmas song? Probably "Oh Holy Night" and I'm sad because this is the first year in over a decade that I have not been asked to sing it somewhere. I will have to just sing it to my kids on Chrstimas Eve. Sigh.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Two of the three years we lived in Arizona we came up to Utah for Christmas. The other one I was too sick (pregnant) to go anywhere. We went up to Seattle last year but this year we are sticking around here for Christmas and going up to Provo for New Year's. I think I am done with the hauling gifts back and forth thing. I remember one year driving back to Phoenix our poor little car was so loaded down the girls could hardly move, the trunk was filled to capacity and I held a painting on my lap the entire way! Hoping to avoid that as much as possible in the future...besides, the thought of waking up to Santa gifts in our own house with our own little family is just wonderful.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Sure can: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (or Donner, depending on if you're going by Rudolph or the Night Before Christmas) and Blitzen. And then there's Rudolph, of course.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? It's an angel. But the year we didn't have our normal tree we had to settle for a bow because the replacement tree was too small to hold her.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? On Christmas Eve one gift is opened and it is always Christmas pajamas. Christmas morning the kids can look at their stockings and their Santa gifts right when they get up and then we will eat breakfast and open the presents under the tree a bit later.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? The commercialism. Losing sight of why we do this in the first place.

23. What do you love most about Christmas? I love deciding what each person on my list would just love and doing all I can to give them a wonderful gift. That is truly what gets me in the mood for Christmas the most. Also love the Christmas music.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I have decided that Christmas is only commercial if you let it be.
    So, I'm trying really hard to ignore others, and wish everyone I know Merry Christmas in my cheeriest voice....
    Which, isn't too cheery today.

  2. Hey, my mom made us home made CPKs too! Mine was named Cindy Lauper and my brother's was Robbie Bosco. Ha ha ha! That was a long time ago.

  3. Fun! Fun!

    I think when I wanted a CPD, they were about $100.00.

    5 years ago when I bought Hannah her first, they were $50.00+.

    NOW they are $20.00 or less!!

    They are killin me!

  4. Hi Lara!

    I don't know if you remember us. We're the Gustavesons from Union Square, back in the day. We use to sing in the choir. It's nice to connect with you. I got your blog from Maddy's site. I can't believe you aren't singing O Holy Night this year! Brett and I still talk about your version that we heard like 7 years ago. Just beautiful. We will be thinking of you singing, how's that?! Well, Merry Christmas!

  5. I had a homemade CPK too! McKayslin now has FIVE of them and is getting one more on her birthday! Gee - do the toy makers know what they're doing or what?

    I loved learning 23 Christmas facts about you!

    And yes, I'll willingly do your shopping if you'll do my wrapping! Maybe we could meet halfway next year and make a day of it! :O)

  6. Will you sing "Oh Holy Night" for me!!! Ü

  7. I I have said before...remember very vividly you singing O Holy Night, in sacrament! I was sang SO BEAUTIFULLY!!! I need to take voice from you:0)
    So, you're coming up this way for New Years??? How long will you be here? If you have time, I'd LOVE to see you and your cutest family! Let me know!!!

  8. Holly (who I don't even know) said exactly what I was going to say. The years you sang O Holy Night in our sacrament meeting, I got emotional every time. It was beautiful. Thank you.

  9. I had a homemade CPK, too! I don't remember what I named her, but I know my mom and sister stayed up all night making outfits.

    You know, we've lived here almost 5 months and I STILL haven't been asked to sing in church! Our music chairman is Jeanne K.'s (you know who I mean, right?) brother, so he knows I sing! Someday...