Okay...back to the Hodgepodge~
1. Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking.
The stocking is one of my favorite things about our Christmas traditions. My mother enjoyed going a little bit overboard in filling them and a typical stocking in our house always had a pile of small wrapped gifts beside it too. Stockings are opened before breakfast, but not before everyone is in their assigned seat. Yes, we have assigned seats for the unwrapping. Doesn't everybody?
I don't think we actually hung our stockings on the fireplace when I was growing up, but we did hold them there for a photo op. Then we put them in our assigned seats so as not to confuse Santa. Our stockings always contained a new toothbrush and usually a calendar and a package of pretty note cards so we could write our Christmas thank-yous. Then a few other fun bits and pieces and always, always a tangerine or clementine in the toe.
I've carried on the same traditions with my own girls and if you asked they'd probably say they love the stockings best too. We do hang our stockings because we have cute brass hangers that sit on the mantle, but when Santa fills them he moves them to their assigned seats. Santa likes order.
2. How many hours of sleep do you average at night? Is it enough?
Consecutive? Hard to say. I get about 7 hours of sleep a night, but in recent years those hours might be interrupted so it doesn't feel like a true 7. I'm a champion at sleeping on the couch before I actually go to bed. Does that count?
3. If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year, what would it be?
I should probably say sugar, but this is rhetorical, right?
4. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals?
I do follow news of the Royals. I think Kate is adorable and I wish them well. I don't envy her with so many eyes watching, and am thankful 'journalists' were not describing my cycle, my morning sickness, my weight, or my ability to parent on the evening news.
5. For me the sound of childhood is______________________.
The first thing that popped into my head was a sprinkler. There is something about the sound of a sprinkler running that whisks me back to the carefree days of summer as a child. It is always summer in childhood memory.
6. Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?
I never cared for fruitcake when I was growing up, but if you live in England long enough you kind of acquire a taste for it. Fruit cake is popular on the other side of the pond. My favorite dessert made with fruit is strawberry short cake.
7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?
That will be enough.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
On a lighter note...have you seen this? I think it's hilarious, but perhaps that's because I relate to the technologically challenged. It's less than a minute long, and it's in German with subtitles, but you don't need words to understand the plot...gurananteed to make you smile.