Get yo’ holiday on.

The lovely Callee tagged me for a meme. After the heavy post yesterday, it’s about damn time for something a little more festive.

1. Have you started your Christmas shopping? Define “started.”

2. Tell me about your special traditions. Last year, we started drawing names for gag gifts, and that’s how Krampus the Christmas Frog came into my life. I’ve been plotting all year.

3. When do you put up your tree? The first weekend in December.

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper? Hell to the no. Those people are nuts.

5. Do you travel at Christmas or stay home? I go to Iowa to my folks’ house.

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory? This isn’t necessarily a Christmas memory, but one year, we flew to Arizona to see my grandparents for the holidays. After a very, very long day in airports, my then 4-year-old brother conked out in the Phoenix airport and slept through the car ride and being tucked in at our grandparents’. The next morning, we awoke in their guest room and Poochie looked at me in wonder. “Cha Cha, where ARE we?” He remembered nothing of the previous day.

7. What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time? I think I’ve beaten this topic to death.

8. Do you do your own Christmas baking? What is your favorite treat? I love to bake and used to send out tins of various treats. However, this is one of the busiest times at Corporate Behemoth, so baking isn’t usually in the cards. However, I do love raw sugar cookie dough.

9. Fake or real tree? I am very careful to pick a really nice tree out of my basement every year. I’m pretty consistent with my awesome trees.

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done? The night before I’m supposed to leave to go to Iowa. Yes, I tend to put off wrapping and packing.

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? No. I’m at mass. But Christmas Eve Eve? You betcha.

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? Sledding. And watching Trading Places.

13. What Christmas craft do you like best? Craft? Uh … eating carbs?

14. Christmas music, yes or no? And if yes, what is your favorite song? I like Christmas music, but only after about December 10. My favorite hymn is Silent Night. My favorite secular Christmas song is (sorry Patti) Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping? Uh … hopefully this weekend.

16. Do you know the names of all of Santa’s reindeer {without googling it}? Lemme see … Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen … and Rudolph. Am I close?

17. When do you take down your Christmas tree? New Year’s Day, while watching football.

18. Hardest person to buy for? Lil’ Frankfurter. What do you buy a dog who eats everything?

19. Easiest person to buy for? The family I adopted for Christmas. Because they give you a list. Also, because I always adopt a family with an itty bitty baby, and that’s just fun.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? It’s a snowflake star thing that I’m actually not that fond of. However, it has the Geriatric Poodle’s collar around it, and that’s very special to me.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Parking. The. Car.

22. What do you want for Christmas? A blender. With margaritas in it.

C’mon … you know you wanna play along. Copy and paste the questions into your blog … then spread some Christmas cheer by leaving a link back to Heather, the originator of this meme. She’ll even go back and add your link to the list if you participate.

Also … you know you wanna enter my fab giveaway. This is a seriously good prize. Just tell me your dream holiday movie sequel and it could be yours!

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