Welcome to the first Hodgepodge of the Christmas season! I know it’s not technically December, but Joyce always feel like the Monday following Thanksgiving marks the transition into holiday mode. Be sure to add your link on her post and then spread some Christmas cheer by visiting the neighbours.
Only four hodgepodges til Christmas, just in case you’re wondering.
1. With that being said, I think I need to dive right into some Christmas related questions, don’t you? Which do you prefer-pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag with/without a bow? What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?
Precisely NONE!! I do like pretty gift-wrapped gifts and it doesn’t really matter whether they are in parcels or bags. I just like receiving presents!
2. What is one item on your Christmas list this year?
I would love a Kindle Fire but I doubt our budget will stretch that far. I’m not really all that bothered really, I just want to enjoy the day and the meal with family.
3. What makes a home?
In short, it’s people that make a house a home. It’s the place where you can be yourself with people who allow you to be just that.
4. Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his birthday today…are you a fan of the Motown sound? If so who’s your favorite Motown artist and/or song? Here’s a list in case you’re stuck.
I love Motown and there’s so much to choose from to pick my favourite!! I’d have to say “Midnight Train To Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips because it’s one of those songs that we have our own little family dance and chuckle to. Love it!
5. Red or green…which one is more prevalent in your closet?
Green. As a lady of rather larger proportions than normal *ahem* I don’t usually like to draw any more attention to myself than necessary, so red is a special colour that only gets worn now and again. My wardrobe is predominantly grey, blue, green and black with the occasional splash of colour.
6. True or false-bacon makes it better? If you answered true, what’s your favourite dish made with bacon?
Oh absolutely TRUE!! There is nothing in this world that cannot be cured or improved by the addition of a bacon butty.
7. Share a favorite holiday memory.
Music plays a huge part of my Christmas memories – most of them are good ones! – but my most favourite memory was of one Christmas Day and we were playing carols with the band round the wards of Booth Hall Children’s Hospital. We did it every year until the hospital closed the year before last, but this one particular memory is special because of who we met on the wards. Emma was a toddler at the time and so she was in her trolley, being pushed around as we played, and the nurses made a huge fuss of her while the band was playing. Great fun. We had heard that there was going to be a TV crew there because there was a special live broadcast from the hospital featuring five young Manchester lads who were getting a bit famous.
We didn’t see the cameras as our paths were organised differently, and by the time we were finishing everyone had left….or so we thought.
We were on for our next to last ward and had our eyes and minds firmly on the mince pies and coffee waiting for us back in the canteen, but we bumped into these lads who were doing some quiet, private visiting away from the TV crews and the press cameras. We played Away In A Manger and they sang it with us to the absolute delight of everyone around.
You might have heard of them…. Take That anyone?! Yes, one of my favourite Christmas memories was accompanying Take That in a children’s hospital as they sang Away In A Manger on Christmas morning. Beat that!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
We’ve had some pretty awful weather here in the UK this past week or so, and what started off as a bit of localised flooding a few days ago has turned into major catastrophes up and down the country. I personally haven’t been affected by the flooding, and here in Manchester we are probably the driest place in England at the minute. Quite ironic really seeing as though we are usually the rainiest!
The weather forecast for the coming days and weeks isn’t good and we are expecting overnight temperatures to hit up to minus 20 (or should that be DOWN to minus 20?) in exposed areas. We’ve seen the first snow of the winter on high ground, which is early this season, and we’re praying that it doesn’t get as bad as predicted.