1. Do you have a tree and if so, what is hanging on it?
A selection of baubles, some little wooden decorations from Charlie's first Christmas, a couple of hand made decorations from day care in Alice Springs, and some Christmas lights. Tinsel was left in the garage in the interests of cat and baby safety.
2. What's the most successful piece of Christmas cooking you've done so far?
By common assent the roast rolled lamb. Helped along by the meat thermometer I was given for Christmas. For me personally the purple skinned sweet potato that is so sweet it caramelises on the bottom when you bake it, but it's a vegetable so it's okay!
3. And the least successful?
The Christmas tree shaped ice creams with toblerone and mars bar that I tried to make without Christmas tree moulds. But they tasted really good when I ate them all before Christmas.
4. Which bit of your Christmas shopping are you happiest with?
The steering wheel toy I found at Woolies. Charlie loves it and has already spent hours playing with it. He also loves Gemma's activity table, also from Woolies, and she likes it too.
5. Have you opened any of your presents yet? What was it / were they?
I opend all of them on Christmas day (yesterday). I got Pirates of the Carribean II, a cookbook for leftovers, a magazine rack, two meat thermometers (accidental double up), a baking dish, and a calendar. Plus $100 because my MIL didn't know what to get me. Apparently the magazine rack and meat thermometer (1) are for the house.
6. Do you have any bad Christmas associations that will have to be tackled?
Last time the step-father and FIL got together there was a bit of alcohol involved (FIL) and a bit of religious discussion going on (SF= v religious; FIL= confirmed atheist). I was hoping that wasn't going to happen again. Thankfully it didn't.
7. What's your favourite carol? Why?
Little Drummer Boy - I think it's the Bob Seger version. It's a Christmas Carol without being too Christmas carolly if you know what I mean.
8. Which part of your Christmas plans is most likely to go awry?
I thought it would be getting lunch on the table on time, but it was actually the MIL's Christmas present. We bought her some t-shirts in her favourite colours because we couldn't find the DVD she wanted (because it doesn't exist). Husband has taken her shopping in Canberra today to find something else as well.
9. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
The food. This Christmas the Legacy Christmas pudding. Yum yum yum.
10. What's your least favourite thing about it?
Christmas decorations appearing in early November, endless musak Christmas carols, pressure to spend too much money.
11. What Christmassy thing have you seen or heard in the street or on the teeve or in the bolgosphere that has
a) touched your heart
The local posties put a home made card in our letterbox for us. A lovely gesture, much appreciated.
b) hit a nerve
That retailers are expecting people to spend more than 8 billion dollars in the post Christmas sales. Buy one less thing and give something to charity maybe.
or c) made you want to barf?
Not quite barf, but images on the news of people fighting over something in a shop made me leave the room. Is it really that important?
12. Who do you wish you had contacted to say Happy Christmas but haven't so far?
I probably should have called my brother yesterday, but I was so tired I forgot.
If you would like to see what Dr Cat had to say in her meme you can find it here.