Tuesday, December 18, 2018

How Much Of A Grinch Are You?

So I saw this fun quiz/meme over at Debra’s blog (see her answers here) and decided to join in on the fun.

And away we go...


What do you hate most about Christmas?

There isn’t much that I dislike about my favourite holiday of the year but even we Christmas fanatics have our limits. I draw the line at the shopping madness and the nuts that make it so. Goodwill goes out the window when people are running each other over with their shopping carts as they race to pick up the latest fad merchandise or when they give each other the finger as they battle over a parking spot. What happened to ‘peace on earth’ that we’re supposed to be working on this time of year? Sheesh.


What is your least favourite piece of Christmas music?

For all you real Grinches out there, I actually love Christmas music – wait for it - any time of the year. I can be heard humming tunes in the middle of summer. Okay, okay, enough with the gasping and finger pointing. We all have our quirks. That being said, there are a few songs that make me want to toss up my sugar cookies. A few that have that nauseating power include The Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa Baby, Last Christmas and All I Want For Christmas Is You. Also, the repetition of the lyrics “Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time” in Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time feels like a hammer to the head. And anything – AnYTHiNG - sung by the Chipmunks makes me lose my %#@$&* mind.


What traditional Christmas food OTHER THAN FRUITCAKE (too easy) is being sent down the garbage disposal?

I actually don’t mind fruitcake. I’ve eaten some amazing types, especially ones that were homemade. I’ve even had the pleasure of munching on awesome fruitcake cookies that I got at a cookie exchange that I attended when we lived in Kingston.

If I had to choose something to ‘pour’ down the drain, it would be eggnog. Bleh. Eggs in general are not at the top of my list of favourite things to eat and the idea of eggs in a drink kind of grosses me out.


Which animated TV Christmas special leaves you wanting to rip the wallpaper off the walls?

It’s been a looooong time since I’ve watched anything in this category and I’ve no idea about any recent introductions. But if I had to choose, I’d say that stop-motion animations don't appeal to me like they used to back when I was a child. And – get ready for this! – I’ve never been much of fan of anything Charlie Brown-ish, let alone a Christmas special. There, I said it out loud. And I’m not sorry.


What was your least favourite Christmas gift ever?

I can’t think of a time when I really didn’t like what I received, but socks and underwear when I was young weren’t the most ‘exciting’ gifts. Now that I’m older, those items are quite welcome, especially being pricey as they are!


Who on your Christmas list is the hardest to shop for?

I don’t have a long list of personal gifts to shop for, and even when we get together as a family for Christmas lunch, everyone just brings one gift and we take turns selecting one by playing some type of game. So it’s gotten relatively easy as far as presents go.

In the past, though, when I bought individual gifts for everyone, the people I found hardest to shop for were my parents. They didn't need a single thing. Ever! When I had my kids, it got a little easier. Sometimes I would gift them framed photos of the girls from holiday photo shoots, photos with Santa visits or school year images. My parents loved them and I sighed with relief.


How would you spend this time of year if you weren't caught up in all the holiday madness?

I actually don’t get caught up in the madness. I stay away from the crowds, plan things out carefully so I don’t get overwhelmed, don’t run around like a lunatic and always keep in mind what the season is really all about: spending time with loved ones. We have an amazing time as a family when we all get together, so there’s no place I’d rather be. New Year’s, on the other hand, is a different story. Give me a couple of airline tickets to a tropical island and off I go!


And that’s how much Grinch is in me. Very little.

If anyone else would like to share their inner Grinch, please do so in the comments or on your own blog. I would love to hear all about it!



24 comments:

  1. What do you hate most about Christmas?

    The greed in a lot of people's hearts.


    What is your least favorite piece of Christmas music?

    I'm really starting to hate Santa Baby

    What traditional Christmas food OTHER THAN FRUITCAKE (too easy) is being sent down the garbage disposal?

    I agree with the eggnog

    Which animated TV Christmas special leaves you wanting to rip the wallpaper off the walls?

    I forget the names, but most of the Frosty Rudolph specials and related works that were outside the main core pieces. They were shot with much different animation too. Hated those every-time they pop up.


    What was your least favourite Christmas gift ever?

    woodburning kit from a dirty santa game

    Who on your Christmas list is the hardest to shop for?

    everyone except Daisy and the kiddos


    How would you spend this time of year if you weren't caught up in all the holiday madness?

    The honey badger spends his time in a hole alone, and attacks virtually anything that disturbs him. A little more friendlier than that, but probably so.

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    1. The last one! HAHAHAHA That is really funny :)

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  2. I answered these on Debra's blog post!! I'm not too much of a Grinch either, except when it comes to dealing with other people! :) Oh I LOVE eggnogg!!! :)

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    1. I will have to go back to Debra's blog post and check out your answers! There are a lot of people that love eggnog. I'm just not one of them. LOL

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    2. Let's just say I love it more when it's properly "sweetened" with rum and brandy lol! ;)

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    3. HAHAHA! I think if I had a little rum first, I might be persuaded to have some eggnog...with rum in it :)

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  3. Nice answers Martha and Adam! I don't like Bing Crosby music, sounds so old. I don't like going to a lot of parties but it is nice to spend Christmas with extended family.

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    1. I'm not a fan of parties either, although I do enjoy small gatherings very much. But getting together with the family is always fun!

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  4. Great answers, Martha! We are kindred spirits when it comes to many of your answers. But I forgot all about those effin Chipmunks -- and now you've reminded me!

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    1. We are indeed kindred spirits in many ways! And I hope you don't have any Chipmunk tunes stuck in your head because of me :)

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  5. Awwwww, those Chipmunks are SWEET!!!! lol Actually I like all Christmas music, including The Chipmunks, Santa Baby, All I Want for Christmas is You, etc. Sorry, not sorry :)

    You sound pretty un-Grinchy to me!

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    1. They are sweet when they're not singing! LOL There are many who like to hear them sing. I just can't handle it!

      I'm not much of a Grinch. Christmas is much too beautiful a holiday to be that way!

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  6. The questions make us think about ourselves and Christmas. sometimes we are Grinches and we don't even think about it.

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    1. So true. Sometimes we just don't realize the Grinch in us!

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  7. I hate the “gotta have it all attitude” that lots of folks have, I don’t like shopping at the best of time mes and even less a Christmas. Wishing you ane your family a happy holiday season.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, too!

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  8. I don't really dislike Chistmas it's just that three of my four sons live out of state and I miss the hectic days when they were little and i had so much to do to get ready for Christmas all while working a job. I use to long for the days when i didn't have to be so busy with it all. Now, here I am, with all the time on my hands I could want and wish the old days were back ...in a way... but I also kind of like my more solitary life. I really don't care much for Christmas songs like I did as a kid. But, I adore O Holy Night and tear up every time I hear it. I would definitely throw cranberry sauce if it's served at Christmas down the sink. As an adult my sis and I use to always do a Mexican themed dinner for Christmas and my mom alway did ham which I now can't eat, shiver even when I think about it. It's about as bad in my memory as mom's tuna casserole we had almost every Friday night because we pretended to be good catholics. I can't eat tuna ..or ham and beans ...........but i'm getting carried away with offensive foods aren't I...

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    1. It's the nostalgia, Sandy! I feel that way too sometimes. I was a single mom for many years with two small kids and a full time job and it was hectic. And yet, I loved that period in my life, especially the holidays. Sometimes I wish I could go back for a little while and experience it again, although I do love the slower pace we have now. I just miss my kids being little. It was a wonderful part of my life.

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  9. Nice to learn more about you through these questions. My answer would be the same on the songs. For animated, it would be Frosty, his voice always annoyed me-even as a child :)

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    1. Oh, that's interesting about Frosty! I should search on YouTube to hear his voice and see if it's annoying. It's been years since I heard him.

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  10. I agree with you, buying for parents can be so hard when they have everything! It was always a struggle to figure out what to get hubby's parents and some of our choices with what we gave them, we ended up getting back when they passed on. We still have the cactus floor lamp we gave them close to 20 years ago. What were we thinking? My mom, on the other hand, enjoyed simple things like word search puzzle books, craft kits, hard candy, stamps since she sent out a lot of letters, so it was so much easier to buy for her. I think I'm a Grinch in a lot of ways these days, don't put up a tree, don't bake, hardly buy, etc. But its simple and I like it and it works for me, so that's my story that I'm sticking with :)

    betty

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    1. HAHAHA! You do whatever makes you happy, Betty. There are no rules! I find that since my kids grew up and moved out, I don't have the same desire to go all out on Christmas decorations. Now I prefer for things to be simple and to spend time with the people I care about.

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  11. These sorts of posts can be such fun.

    It's the more simple, less complicated things about Christmas that I enjoy …
    It's all too easy to get caught up in the madness!!!

    I spent a wonderful morning this week at our youngest grand-daughters Christmas Concert … it was amazing. Forget any presents, just listen to the children sing and see all the happy smiling faces. Priceless :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. I agree, Jan. It is all too easy to get caught up in the madness. I work hard on not doing that!

      That sounds wonderful about your grand-daughters! You must have been beaming with pride. That is absolutely priceless!

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