Stolen from many, many places. So!
  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

    Both! (Concurrently, not consecutively.) Also, boxes, hide-and-seek, furniture, and - once or twice - bed linen.

    I have this theory that, since wrapping is there for suspense and excitement and so forth, it should also be as fun as possible - so I'll sometimes add a second layer of paper like some weird game of don't-pass-the-parcel, or put something tiny in a big box and reuse some of those foam thingies they use to pack stuff, or just wrap some perfectly commonplace thing in a way that looks ridiculously lavish.

    I even once modified a gift box and squished a plushie into it so that it popped up when the tape came off the front; that it worked perfectly was about my favourite part of the whole day.

  2. Tree: real or artificial?

    I have a plastic tree that disassembles and goes back in a box for the next year. Plus, no leaf litter.

  3. When do you put up the tree?

    It gets to about December, and I kind of think about it. And then I kind of think about it some more. After a while, I'll feel like putting it up, so I'll go on a zero-tolerance search for bugs in the box, then actually put it together when next I'm feeling a little bored.

    This process usually takes about a week.

  4. When do you take the tree down?

    Mostly, when I can be bothered doing so - unweaving the decorations from it, putting away the lights (in their caltrop-shaped plastic thingies) while trying not to step on them, inevitably stepping on them, lamenting the caltrop-shaped plastic thingies, remembering they look pretty lit up, lamenting the prettiness, then going into Agent Orange mode and defoliating the tree, then, finally, putting it all back away for the next year.

  5. Do you like eggnog?

    I... don't know. TO THE KITCHEN!

    *alchemy ensues. Or, at least, alcohol*

    Hmm. It's kind of like advocaat, just, um, without the flavour.

  6. Favourite gift received as a child:

    Oh. Um... I really don't remember. There's probably a couple, but even then, it's kind of tricky now to remember whether they're xmas!stuff or birthday!stuff.

  7. Do you have a nativity scene set up?

    No, not at all.

    And it's not just that, either; I've been known to re-enact the 'This Land' scene from Firefly using an Einstein and a cow, so it's probably all for the best.

  8. Hardest person to buy for:

    My whole entire family. Seriously. There's not one of us who doesn't already have virtually everything they could conceivably (or even inconceivably!) want.

  9. Easiest person to buy for:

    ...

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *breath* HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAA

  10. Worst gift ever received:

    See also the 'mid-to-late-December-blurry-memory-thingy'.

  11. Christmas cards:

    Not real ones, for the most part. And by that, I kind of mean for anyone. Not that there's much reason I couldn't; my writing is reasonably pretty, and I have pens and ink and all right here on my desk.

  12. Favourite Christmas movie:

    Hmm. I shall interpret this as 'movie typically watched at Christmas', in which case, The Princess Bride, apart from that one time we watched the entire Star Wars trilogy. And if I had a copy of The Brave Little Toaster, then it'd probably become Christmas day viewing too.

  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

    Far, far too late. Most of the delay is in thinking of something to buy, because, well, people who have everything. Would they maybe like a game?

  14. Have you ever "recycled" a Christmas present?

    Actually, no. Recycled, yes - with the big machines and the melting and remaking and all - but never "recycling". After all, if it wasn't good enough for me, then it's not really appropirate for me to give it to someone else. (Even if it would be perfect, because, um, something. Damned sense of ethics.)

  15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas:

    ...much the same as my favourite things to eat all the rest of the year, funnily enough. My foodstuffs don't really do festive.

  16. Are the tree lights clear, coloured, or both?

    Coloured. Pretty, pretty colours, once you look past the BLOODSTAINED POINTY PLASTIC COVERY THINGIES OF DEATH.

  17. Favourite seasonal song:

    Hmm. I'm forever amused by the rendition of Good King Wenceslas in Love Actually, but somehow I doubt that quite counts. So, instead, have some in Latin!
    Rudolphus, naso rubro,
    naso nitidissimo,
    si umquam eum spectes,
    dicas eum fulgere
  18. Do you travel or stay home for Christmas?

    I don't think I've ever travelled for it.

  19. Can you name Santa's reindeer?

    Alas, no. There's something about dancing and prancing and thunder and lightning, but that's as far as I usually get by myself.

  20. Do you have an angel or a star on top of your tree?

    Interestingly, neither. I used to have a Santa; now I have a plush dog with a hat. It's cute.

  21. Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

    Morning. Always the morning, and exclusively the morning, which is - I'm sure - a cruel conspiracy designed to unfairly distress the non-morning people of the world.

  22. Most annoying thing about this time of year:

    Most annoying? Well, let's pick the one that makes me want to hurt people very, very badly indeed.

    <seriousness> The thing that most annoys me about this time of year is people who give pets as presents, pets who'll be abandoned, neglected or worse once their previously-delighted recipients realise they involve actual responsibility.

    Don't. Ever. Seriously, just don't. </seriousness>

  23. Favourite seasonal tradition:

    Hmm. Glühwein, despite the lack of winter. Giving stuff to people. Hoping for a sudden cold snap. Um, lots of other stuff.

  24. Family member you try to stay away from:

    Conveniently, any family members I don't want near me are exactly the same ones who don't want to be near me.

  25. Do you attend any religious services in celebration?

    Not unless, or until, there's some deity of (ant)arctic winds who can repeal summer for the day.

And that's it for the meme. *clicks post*

Date: 2007-12-13 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peebs1701.livejournal.com
*ahem*
Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen.

And Rudolph.

Date: 2007-12-13 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
Is it Donner or Donder? I've heard both!

THE DEBATE CONTINUES!

Date: 2007-12-13 01:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrpyro.livejournal.com
It's Donner (although it may have more umlauts), because "Donner und Blitzen" is German for "Thunder and Lightning".

Date: 2007-12-13 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
::gasps:: THAT'S WHAT I GET FOR BELIEVING THE INTERWEBS.

I knew I'd heard it somewhere.


Date: 2007-12-14 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
Donner and Blitzen sound and scan better though.

Date: 2007-12-13 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
'Donner' is entirely umlaut-free, unless you're a metal band or something.

Date: 2007-12-13 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peebs1701.livejournal.com
It is definitely Donner.

Date: 2007-12-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
Oh, ho ho! But check the ensuing comments!

Date: 2007-12-13 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
...and there you go - I really had no chance. For some reason I thought there were ten, sans Rudolphus.

Date: 2007-12-13 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Um, sine Rudolpho, even. *has no excuse*

Date: 2007-12-14 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
There is 10, if you count Rudy and Olive The Other Reindeer

Date: 2007-12-13 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
I've seen Rudolph in Old English- and with a decent stab at the language's idiom, as well. Very, very cool.

Date: 2007-12-13 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
I could pretend that the Latin wasn't there as much for your amusement as for mine, but why bother. :)

Date: 2007-12-13 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
And, as ever, it is appreciated.

Date: 2007-12-13 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Mm, yes. A drunken sailor told me so. *nodnod*

Date: 2007-12-13 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilacsigil.livejournal.com
There's not one of us who doesn't already have virtually everything they could conceivably (or even inconceivably!) want.

Charity presents! I like to buy family members an animal sponsorship at the World Wildlife Fund, or a chicken or a school-in-a-box from Oxfam.

Date: 2007-12-13 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Mm, perhaps. I'll keep it in mind for when there's more than 11 days to sort out what they'd actually want.

Date: 2007-12-13 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] photosinensis.livejournal.com
♪ Rudolphus, naso rubro,
naso nitidissimo,
si umquam eum spectes,
dicas eum fulgere ♫


No fair rendering 20th century country-Christmas songs in a 1st century language!

Date: 2007-12-13 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Maybe not fair, but fun - and if Stille Nacht can be adopted into English, then Silens Nox and Rudolphus should be allowed too. :)

Date: 2007-12-13 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
Semi-interesting note: I've read that artificial trees are actually worse for the environment than real trees because they don't break down very well when people do throw them away. I found that, um... semi-interesting.

Date: 2007-12-13 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
Also: I heard a commercial on the radio this morning from a "reputable" pet store in the area advertising their cute little puppies and kitties for sale. I couldn't believe it, and I think I'll write a few angry letters.

Date: 2007-12-13 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
:o

That's... I have no words. Really, that's just... gah! Angry letters, yes.

Date: 2007-12-13 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
They probably are, and I do live minutes away from pine plantations. On the other hand, unless it catches fire or something, I'm probably not going to need to throw it away; and, precisely because it won't break down, it should be seasonally cheerful for many, many more seasons yet.

I wonder if there's recyclable (or recycled!) trees...

Date: 2007-12-13 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eighthcloud.livejournal.com
We are on the same wavelength.

I bet you the interwebs could tell you if there are recyclable (or recycled!) trees!

Date: 2007-12-13 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittydesade.livejournal.com
... Actually, that's what I want for Christmas. *emails family* Not a pet, but a "gift certificate" for shots and snippage so when I move into the new apartment and get a kitty of some age, getting him or her all fixed up will be easier.

(And that's exactly why some shelters stop giving pets for adoption around the holidays. Also bunnies around Easter and black cats around Halloween. 'cause people are fucking morons.)

Date: 2007-12-13 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Ooh. Good, good plan.

(Yes, exactly, and I'd appreciate it if some of them would kindly cease and desist from breathing my oxygen. The people, that is.)

Date: 2007-12-13 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kittydesade.livejournal.com
I rather thought so. Alas, I won't be able to take any of this house's cats with me but I fully intend on adopting one once I get settled in. So.

(Oh yes. Stupid, selfish bastards.)

Date: 2007-12-13 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crackedwraith.livejournal.com
Agreeing hard with 22.

Date: 2007-12-15 07:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maggiebloome.livejournal.com
Sooo, you're saying you'd go to mass if it was held in a walk-in freezer?

Date: 2007-12-22 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Ooh, interesting, but I think I prefer Rudolphus, if only because it actually will go with the well-known tune.

Unless there's parts of Anglo-Saxon pronunciation I'm fuzzy on, anyway.

Date: 2007-12-22 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
Ah have no idea.

[For some reason that sentence came out in my head as spoken by Gir.]

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