Hootin'Anni is hosting a wonderful Christmas Meme. Here is what she said about this meme:
For the holiday season, I've started a meme. "The Twelve Questions of Christmas" If you'd like to participate, I'd be honored to have you join in the fun. If you'd like, you are welcomed to use the meme header graphic!
To get into the spirit of the season, I have decided to participate. Thank you, Anni ! So here are the questions and my answers:
1. Christmas is Joy. [fill in the blank with ONE WORD]
2. In memories, what was the best part of your Christmases past?
Seeing my children's faces on Christmas morning, going to church as a family, Christmas dinner with the family, were all a wonderful part of our Christmases.
3. Was Santa ever good to you? [describe how and what]
On my first Christmas in America in 1951, Santa brought me a very special gift, a tiny orange tabby kitten! Since I had lost my 19 year old cat on Christmas Day in 1945, I was overjoyed with this special gift in 1951.
4. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both?
We always opened gifts on Christmas Day morning, when my children were little, but these days, I often open mine on Christmas Eve, like I used to as a child in Hungary.
5. Is there something you make each and every year? [craft or recipe]
We used to bake lots of Christmas cookies and breads and cakes. But my kids' favorite were the Walnut Butterballs, or Snowballs, as they used to call them.
Walnut Butter Balls /Snow Balls
1 c. unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tasp. salt
1 c. finely chopped walnuts
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Sift together flour and salt and add to creamed mixture. Mix well to make a soft dough. Stir in walnuts. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 about 12 to 15 minutes until slightly brown. While cookies are still warm, roll in sifted powdered sugar. Makes 4 dozen cookies. Enjoy!
6. What is your favorite five Christmas songs/hymns?
I love them all, so it's hard to chose, but the top five would be:
1. O Come All Yea Faithful (Adeste Fidelis) (It always moves me to tears.)
2. Silent Night
3. O Holy Night
4. What Child Is This
5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
7. Is there a new tradition for Christmas since your childhood days?
Christmas in Hungary was very different from here. So all the traditions we followed here, are different, except for always going to church on Christmas Day.
8. Describe one of your Christmas trips. [whether it's across town or across country]
When my children were young, we often spent Christmases in Florida, where they swam in the pool or ocean, while Christmas music played in the background. It was enjoyable, but we missed Christmases at home.
9. Do you have a special Christmas outfit to wear for the day?
Not really, except I try to wear something red and festive!
10. Have YOU or any of your family members sat on Santa's lap?
Oh, my yes! Santa's lap was a Christmas season tradition!
11. What is/or will be on your Christmas tree this year?
Old ornaments from years ago, along with some newer ones acquired more recently.
12. Do you/or have you decorated your yard for Christmas?
When the kids were young, we always decorated the yard, and had lights on the bushes around the house, but these days, I don't do any of it, except for the Merry Christmas sign. The colorful birds that come to the feeders, and the deer and wild turkeys around here are my wonderful live decorations. And I always have special treats for all of them on Christmas.
If you would like to participate in The Twelve Questions of Christmas Meme, just follow the link to Hootin'Anni's blog, and then follow her instructions.
Christmas Blessings to one and all!