December 24, 2007


ThePoliticalCat said...

Tag, you're it, Maru. Do you tie the cats to the tree as ornaments? The world wants to know!

Da Rulez

1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share Christmas facts about yourself.
3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Welcome to the Christmas edition of "Getting to Know Your Friends."

1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Gift bags unless the spouse wraps.

2. Real or artificial tree?
No tree. Plenty enough all around the house, don't need one inside.

3. When do you put up the tree?

4. When do you take the tree down?
Fixer sez: Normally, since I don't put one up (godless, atheist, heathen, infidel bastid) [snips].
So I sez: I'm with Fixer on this one.

5. Do you like egg nog?
Yup. In small quantities.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Scrabble set of revered memory.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Did one one year, using animals for the various figures. Joseph was a buffalo, and Mary was a rhino. I think the three wise men were a camel, a tiger, and a lion. And of course, we had two cats in there as well. All done with the assistance of The Divine Madame X.

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Corky's euthanasia. That was a sad Xmas.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail, but we've been slack lately.

10. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Something scary and dark - Aliens, or like dat.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
We try to get stuff like memberships to the SPCA, subscriptions to Science News or Funny Times, and the odd thing that we pick up over the course of the year. Allergy to crowds absolutely precludes shopping any time between mid-October through January.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything that doesn't try to eat me first. (Fixer, we must be twins separated at birth.) I draw the line at eyeballs and bad cooking.

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
No lights.

14. Favorite Christmas song(s)?
Adeste Fideles, or any Latin hymns, really.

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Drive up to the inlaws.

16. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Hmmm ... On, Donder, On Blitzen, On Master and Visa? (Filched, of course, from Fixer.)

17. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Cat. They just love running up trees. I used to worry about getting them down, till a nice young fireman assured me that no one had ever found a cat skeleton in a tree.

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?
Christmas Day after lunch, which is served around 4 pm.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The commercialism and the crowds and the dreadful music.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color?

21. What do you leave for Santa?
Jeebus, what am I, stupid, I'm going to leave stuff for something I don't believe in? You can bet your ass if I find someone schlepping down my chimney he'll be leaving in cuffs by the front door with an ass shot fulla holes.

22. Least favorite holiday song?
Anything modern. I like the fusty old songs and hymns.

23. Favorite ornament?
What, with five cats, we're gonna have ornaments?

24. Family tradition?
Ever since we started driving up to the inlaws, the day has been spent getting thoroughly soused. Now we have to cook dinner as well, so there's the obligatory nervous shrieking about all the stuff to schlep up there (they're not the best cooks, they think pepper is a spice), plus enough wine to keep the old girl soused. And books to read while sitting through the endless blather.

25. Ever been to Midnight Mass or late-night Christmas Eve services?
Yes. I actually do like midnight mass on Xmas Eve, especially if its in Latin. Not much patience for religious flummery at other times of the year, but there's something beautiful about lighting the candles at the statue of the Virgin and the procession around the old church.

Hmmm ... Who to tag?

ps: Merry Xmas, Joyous Solstice, Happy Holidays, and Blessed War on Xmas. Oh, yeah, and a happy New Year.

JasonC said...

merry christmas, maru!!! now WAREZ teh MISTLETOE??

Phil said...

Merry Christmas Maru.
I see you have already been tagged.
Fixer nailed me earlier,he blames it on Lurch at Main and Central but I see no evidence there.
Have fun and Happy Holidays.
Bustednuckles @ Ornery Bastard Blogspot.

Unknown said...

merry xmas maru!

Anonymous said...

Merry VERY Merry Christmas maru.
u r loved!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Maru.

BTW, tagging someone on a Christmas Eve is pretty low.

ThePoliticalCat said...

So sue me. I'm low.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, maru, and all you other WTFers.

Anonymous said...

Merry X-mas (that'll confuse both the right & left wing I suspect) Maru! Hope you & the kittys are doing well this holiday season.
Thanks again for your website and your commentary (that I suspect a lot of the MSM pundits would LIKE to say but can't, due to FCA/management restrictions AND lack of knowledge of an earthy vocabulary!) Keep up the good work

shayera said...

Merry Christmas Maru.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Maru.
Thanks for helping me keep some perspective in this era of constant crisis. A little laughter goes a long way and I owe you something for all the laughs you've provided for me over the years.

Heartfelt thanks again to you and your talented contributors. Including the underwear liberator. (That is what Undie Lib means, isn't it?)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Maru!
(I always thought Undie Lib stood for Undeflectable Libertine but that may the result of my lousy bifocals)

maru said...

Thank you, everybody!!


Picking up Women said...

Something beautiful about lighting the candles at the statue of the Virgin and the procession around the old church.

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