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1. On the first of December, every year, Christmas begins in my household with a well-known tradition worldwide. It's something that helps you countdown the days to Christmas Day, and is normally something just for the children. (I have a dog, does that count?) What is it?
2. It's the Office Christmas Party coming up, and it wouldn't be the same without someone having one too many 'Babychams', declaring undying love to an alarmed co-worker, dancing unwisely on the boss's table, or xeroxing something they shouldn't. Another glorious tradition of many office Christmas parties involves a microphone, a stage, dodgy songs and an enormous brandy to give you the courage to do this. What is this Office Christmas Party tradition that leaves you wishing you were jobless on Monday morning?
3. Actress Drew Barrymore was quoted as saying "Kissing - and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing - is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none". Hear hear! SO, what "yummy, smacking kissing" tradition do we have during the Christmas period?
4. I love Christmas shopping. So much so, I tend to start in July. Anyway, moving on... One gift that frequently tops the "Most Annoying Christmas Gifts" or "Worst Christmas Gifts" lists, is the humble sock. Socks have evolved tremendously throughout the ages, but what were the earliest socks made out of?
5. Early in December I sit down and write Christmas cards to 350 of my closest friends. People who we often never see or hear of throughout the year, yet still we panic that we might have left our co-worker's-third-cousin-twice-removed off the list. Artist Jody Winger was asked to design the 'World's Largest Greeting Card' for a museum to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Which museum requested this?
6. One of the most famous Christmas stories must surely be Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". It tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the ghosts that visit him through the night on Christmas Eve. What is the name of the final ghost that visits him in the novel?
7. A couple of weeks before Christmas, we prepare for this popular tradition that usually results in putting our backs out a little. We go to our local village and pick this item up; struggle to get it in the car; then struggle to get it from the car into the house; and then struggle to move the sofa out the way so we can place it in the most prominent place. But it's all worth it when we see the finished product, with the home-made Christmas Angel perched precariously on the top. What is this item that I 'pine' for (sorry) at Christmas?
8. A Christmas Eve tradition is to sit round the fire and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. This 156 line poem contains lines many of us are familiar with. How many times is the name 'Santa Claus' mentioned in the poem?
9. The final thing I love to do before going to bed on Christmas Eve, is hang the Christmas stocking over the fireplace, and leave a 'treat' out for Santa and his reindeer. Milk and cookies are a favorite, although Santa's very lucky if there are many left after I'm done 'testing' the cookies. Just to be responsible... Which of Santa's reindeer have names beginning with 'D'?
10. The cards have been sent. Socks have been wrapped. The faux pas of the office Christmas party is a distant memory. You've recovered from the romantic, poisonous mistletoe; and the guilt from eating Santas' cookies is forgot. THE DAY IS HERE! (Is 4am too early to get up?) Waiting for a suitable, grown-up amount of time, we head to the tree and begin opening our gifts. Who is quoted as saying "I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas, with a note on it saying 'toys not included'."
Source: Author dopple44
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