So I’m pickled tink to have been tagged for a Christmas post by Bryce Warden of the amazing, hilarious, and sometimes heart-rending Was That My Out Loud Voice? Thank you. This is not my first rodeo, and it’s not my first experience being tagged either, although I am having trouble concentrating what with all the bull riding and calf-roping going on, but that’s another story.
I love being tagged but always violate one rule: I never tag anyone else. Some bloggers I really enjoy have blogs devoted to specific subjects and I don’t want them to feel pressured to go off-topic, and while there are others whose blogs are more general, well, I don’t want them to feel pressured either. If you feel like playing along, though, feel free to jump in! With that bit of housecleaning aside here’s my response.
You must thank the person who nominated you.
Link back to the original post (the one on this blog) and use the graphic provided.
Answer the questions given.
Nominate at least 3 people. (or more if your feeling like a nice person)
Give the nominees 10 questions to answer (or use the ones previously given)
Do you celebrate Christmas?
Yes, although I also enjoy and have celebrated Hanukkah and Solstice.
Which one of Santa’s Reindeer is your favorite?
Donner. Like the party. (I can’t help it, that’s funny to me. Also spooky stories at Christmas are a British tradition, so it kind of fits even though I’m not British.)
Do you like snow?
Yes! Where I live we get, at most, one major snowfall per season, and it causes complete city-wide chaos. It’s hilarious.
Do you have a favorite Christmas tradition?
Every year I make eggs benedict and my wife and I watch movies. A more personal tradition is that I take a little time and read Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory and Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas In Wales back to back. A little laughter, a little sadness, not necessarily in that order.
Least favorite part of Christmas?
Certain memories. I seem to have something in my eye. Let’s move along, shall we?
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
Not exactly Christmas but one year I went out caroling with a group in a small English village. We went to one home that had a pond with approximately three thousand ducks. Every day after lunch I’d walk up to this pond and feed the ducks. Maybe they recognized my voice because as we were singing the ducks came waddling out of the darkness quacking at us. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket so I went and sang with the ducks.
If you could take a paid two-week break for Christmas this year, what would you do, and why?
I’m lucky enough to work at a place that gives me a substantial holiday break, but if I could do anything I’d travel someplace unusual. How do they celebrate Christmas in Montevideo? Let’s find out!
Elf on the Shelf
The Elf is in no position to judge. I have proof:
Favorite thing about Christmas when you were a kid?
The anticipation. The decorations. And my mother always made an amazing bunch of sweets: fudge and cookies and candied pecans and kolache.
Do you have a favorite Christmas special?
A Christmas Story. True story: an uncle who rarely smiled and who never laughed was staying with us one Christmas. He sat down and started watching A Christmas Story with me and started chuckling. When Ralphie goes blind from soap poisoning my uncle laughed so hard he fell over. Then during the commercials he got up, glared at me and said, “That’s exactly how it was, too!”