Wrapping paper, usually, though I do like the convenience of gift bags. Often, the size of the gift doesn't really fit into the (used) gift bags I have on hand. But it's not a big deal either way.
2. Real tree or artificial?
Always had artificial growing up, and I have an artificial one now. On the whole, I think it's less hassle.
3. When do you put up the tree?
We try for Thanksgiving weekend or the Saturday afterwards. But we got it up late this year. (Life with two young children ..)
4. When do you take the tree down?
Late January, I think. There's no rush ... especially if it took awhile for us to get it up in the first place.
5. Do you like Eggnog?
6. Favourite gift received as a child?
Hm. The one that has the strongest memory is the Death Star Space Station. (I still have a bunch of the action figures in my basement, in the authentic Darth Vader storage case.)
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes. One traditional, one all-wood cutouts for the kids to play with, and one window-sticker version.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
Lately, it's been the parents and in-laws. 3 out of 4 are retired, and they don't really need anything.
9. Easiest person to buy for?
My wife. Lots of interests, lots of directions I can go.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
I don't know that I remember the bad ones, actually.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Gave up on Christmas cards ten years ago. I mean, I really like the concept and all ... but I simply don't have the time to sit down and execute a mass mailing in the middle of freaking December. So I feel a little guilty when I get all of these cool Christmas cards ... but not guilty enough to actually do anything.
12. Favourite Christmas Movie?
Miracle on 34th Street (the original; the remake isn't bad, either, but the original is classic). I'm also partial to A Christmas Carol (the 1980's version with George C. Scott), but Jane doesn't like the movie, so I don't get to watch it much.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Probably February or so. Seriously ... we shop year-round, especially with so many hard-to-shop-for people in our lives. If we see something interesting in June as a gift, we buy it and throw it in a box downstairs. Probably gets about a third of the shopping done by December, and it helps spread out the financial hit.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Just did, actually. Both I and my mom bought my wife a Sudoku tear-off calendar ... so we gave one to her mom instead.
15. Favourite thing to eat at Christmas?
Christmas cookies ... Jane makes a huge variety of types, some of which are absolutely teh bomb.
16. Clear lights or coloured on the tree?
Colored. Clear lights go on the windows. (Except this year, when I never got to it ...)
17. Favourite Christmas song?
In the First Light (Glad).
18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home?
Yes. We have to make pilgrimage to Pennsylvania and the in-laws at some point during the season, as well as my folks in Detroit.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Yes. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. And Rudolph.
(Of course, this is too easy when you're copying a meme ...)
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Actually, we have a Saint Nicholas figure.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning. (Christmas Eve is for finishing wrapping presents ...)
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
This gets dangerously close to emo stuff but ... it's a close call between (a) the awkwardness of wishing "happy holidays" (see previous LJ-rant) and (b) the superficial emphasis on happiness rather than joy.
23. What I love most about Christmas?
24. What I love least about Christmas?
The rushing around before the rest can happen.