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 We Want to Know Wednesday Q&A wk21

Welcome to We Want to Know Q&A Wednesday
Hosted by Mamarazzi and Alicia aka QuesoPhotobucket<img src=”http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g328/OurDandelionWishes/WWTKbutton-1.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Photobucket” />This week’s questions are from Queso and she is already thinking holidays, what a little planner. She also has 6 questions…oh an overachiever too..lol.

1. What is your favorite holiday? 

Truth be told, I don’t actually have one.  I’d say the ones that happen during the school year so that I get breaks, but honestly that’s just a day I can go in and work without the responsibility of students.  I guess the closest I could say is Christmas because I actually take part in many rituals.  I like to bake.  I love putting up my tree.  I enjoy putting lights on the house.  Mind you, I dislike taking anything down and storing it.  However, CC&Rs have insured that this is an absolute MUST (for us).

2. Do you have any fun holiday traditions? What are they?

Not really.  I do have to say that we don’t open gifts on Christmas morning like everyone else.  At some point, about a week out, we start letting Keb open one gift a day.  This way he actually plays with it.  We can also get him to call the person and thank him/her for it.  We did try to have him open them all at once.  Boy, he was a jerk.  After opening what seemed like 100 gifts, he actually said, “Is that it?”

I do admit, though, to being one of those people who sends out a newsletter with my Christmas card.  Yes, I mail Christmas cards.  How archaic is that?

3. When do you start Christmas shopping?

I guess sometime in November.  I really only buy for Taed, Keb and my mom.  Occasionally, if I see something I really want to buy for someone else, I’ll purchase something.  However, I don’t usually make a production of it.  Taed buys for his side of the family; although, I will give input. Again, we’re those kind of people.  Gifts are things like tickets to events or museum memberships.  Hell, I actually think one year the gift was a goat in someone’s name.

That said, I give out good Halloween candy.

4. What is your favorite holiday food?

Any that my mom makes!  🙂  I actually love all kinds of cookies and pastries.  My mom makes the world’s greatest sugar cookies (NO!  Your mom doesn’t.  Unless you’re one of my aunts.  Then yes, your mom does. ;P) and frosts them.  They are so wonderful that both Taed and Keb will eat them as well.  I also love fudge, divinity (the way my mom makes it — fluffy — not hard bricks like candy shops sell), and brittle (no peanuts).  I like cinnamon rolls, which we used to put together the night before Christmas so they’d be our first breakfast Christmas morning.  I love homemade bread.

Let’s face it, you don’t get junk in your trunk by eating the other food groups.

5. Share a favorite childhood holiday memory

Hmm, I can’t really remember one that stands out from childhood.  I do recall that my parents tried very hard to buy us what we wanted, and you could see the stress they put themselves through financially (I only now get that.  As a child I just knew they were angry or on edge).  I can list every wonderful toy: pink hippo, Malibu Barbie (the year I KNEW there was no Santa), Easy Bake Oven, stereo, Baby Alive, etc.  However, it wasn’t until we were older that I really enjoyed them because I was then watching the people I bought gifts for (or helped in getting them).  I can only name ones when I was older.

One, my mom had been wanting new canisters.  Because I worked at the downtown library, I would go early then go shopping.  I hung out at JC Penney or Younkers.  When I found the canisters my mom wanted on sale, I talked to my dad.  I would buy them, wrap them and put them under the tree.  She was pretty convinced she wasn’t getting them because she hadn’t seen him go shopping.  I felt good in helping him get her what she wanted.

The other was the year I went to Australia.  The trip was over-long and I realized I’d made a huge mistake in scheduling that much time at the benefit of strangers.  Therefore, I changed my flight.  Mom picked me up at near midnight (very kind of her), I think, the day before Christmas.  I have to say, I was sunburned so badly.  Once home, Lance, had to go to the bathroom.  As we walked I was telling her some story about a thong (the underwear, not the flip-flop).  She thought I said “long” and couldn’t stop laughing.  There I was in 4 degree weather, with a sunburn, in weird pins-and-needles pain, and my mom can’t stop laughing.  Plus the dog had to pee on every foot of snow he could find.

6. Have you ever actually tried fruitcake??

Yes.  Done well it’s actually incredibly good.  I used to work at a place called Ovens of Brittany in Madison, WI. Lynn, the pastry chef, would start fruitcake in October/November.  She didn’t use the hard candied fruit that’s often in commercial fruitcake.  She used real fruit, which she would put in huge vats and cover  with liquor.  I’m sure the liquor was brandy or whiskey.  Then she would mix it every so often.

Finally, she would make the cake, which was a good cake (that’s key as well).  Once they were made, they were soaked in… yes! more liquor. They were moist, flavorful, and delicious!  As such, I’m more than willing to try fruitcake.  I don’t let jokes dictate my sweets.  In fact, my neighbor bakes us fruitcake every year, and I enjoy every. single. bite.

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