Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Only 4 Hodgepodge Question weeks til Christmas!

Blink.     Goodbye Thanksgiving...   and hello Christmas season.  Most of the Hodgepodge questions for this week have turned to preparing for Christmas. 

1.  Which do you prefer - a pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag without a bow? What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?

I guess I prefer a gift bag filled with pretty colored tissue AND a bow!  I like the fact that bags can be recycled and used for many years.  Yes, I'm one of those people that go around after the frenzied gift opening has finished Christmas morning and collect the bags for using next year.  I usually wrap clothing items in boxes though, wth wrapping paper and a bow.  Often it's the gift that determines how it should be wrapped.    Second question:  0!! 

2. What is one item on your list this year?

I do not have a list.  I do not NEED anything.  I am of an age, and in a wonderful living situation, where when I need something I go buy it.  So, for me, Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and having family together.   Yes, some family members will be kind and have a gift for me - but I am not asking for anything in particular.  

3. What makes a home?

I have thought about this before because I know people who have to come home to a bad situation...to some form of abuse, or to expectations, or to formal rules.   Home SHOULD be a place where a person can totally relax, and feel contentment, and feel love.  

4. Motown founder Berry Gordy is celebrating his birthday this week.  Are you a fan of the Motown Sound?  If so, who's your favorite Motown arist and/or song?

I am absolutely a fan of the Motown Sound!  (The best thing to come out of Detroit!!)   I don't have one favorite, but when I think of Motown I certainly think of Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross.   They were two of Gordy's BIGGEST singers that came from his studio. 

5. Red or geen - which is prevalent in your closet?

I have more green for sure.  I have green eyes so I tend to wear green.  It's one of my favorite colors.

6. True or false - Bacon makes it better?  If you answered true, what's your favorite dish made with bacon?

True!!!  I think bacon is good on just about anything.  I don't use it in cooking at home (because I know it's not good for me) so when I go out it's a treat to get bacon.  I'm a big fan of a BLT in the summertime, and I love bacon crumbled on any salad!!

7. Share a favorite holiday memory.

Thinking back to my childhood, I remember how we were able to pick one gift to open on Christmas Eve.  My father was a Lutheran pastor and so Christmas Eve was always a BUSY night at our home, but he would come home between services for about an hour and that was when we kids got to open the gift.   I also remember that my mother made the BEST cheese cake, with a graham cracker crust - and we would put the canned cheery filling on top, and have it at Christmastime.   Yum!

8.  My random thought.

November came and went very quickly!!   We had a nice Thanksgiving at my sister's in Ohio!  No trip to that area is complete without seeing some snow, and once again we did.  Luckily it was just flurries as we drove south, back home.  That was enough snow for my liking!  

Now for my Christmas mantra:     don't stress....don't stress....don't stress....don't stress....

Have a good week everyone!


  1. I have green eyes too. I always get compliments when I wear green.
    Cheese cake, yum!!!

  2. November definitely zipped right on by! It seems like it started yesterday! But I am looking forward to Christmas!!

  3. I used to laugh at my mother-in-law when she would save the tissue paper but I now grab all the tissue paper and gift bags to recycle. I know I am not the only one :)

  4. I'm another who goes around saving the bags, tissue paper, and bows. And then I go out and buy even more in the after Christmas clearance--I really don't know what I'm thinking year after year! :P

  5. We always open one gift on Christmas Eve and it's always sleepware. It wouldn't feel like Christmas without new pjs : ) Have a great day!

  6. We had a German Christmas on Christmas Eve and a Canadian Christmas on Christmas day so the children had the best of all worlds. I like the pickle idea.

  7. Agree completely with #3! And we'll just have to disagree (very nicely!) about the bacon. :)

  8. I like your answer to the home question. I didn't think of it that way. I hope my children--and anyone else who needs it-- feels safe and loved and comfortable at our home.