Christmas Meme

As Denise said, because Mata said so.

1.Real tree or artificial or treeless? Any special traditions with the tree?
Preferably real but since I live in a city and don't have a car fake is more practical. Not that I have a "real" tree. I have my 1 foot tall table top tree that I got at a dollar store last year.

2. Eggnog or Cider or Mulled Wine?
Eggnog. But I'll take cider.  Or mulled wine. But at some point over the holidays I must have eggnog.

3. Spiritual or Secular celebration?
Secular.

4. Favorite Christmas music?
Silver Bells. I've always liked it. And as a girl who grew up in the country it amuses me to realize that I now spend Christmas time in the city - just like the song.

5. One special holiday memory.
I can't remember exactly what year it was but it was sometime in the last 8 years. I bought myself a ticket to see the Nutcracker. It as my first ever ballet experience that didn't involve a tv or a book and my imagination. It was opening night. There's something about being in the theatre on opening night. The sounds of the orchestra warming up.  The murmurs of conversation. The kids squirming in their seats. The ripples of anticipation that ripple through the crowd because you know that you are about to experience something magical. And then the curtain opens and you are whisked away, invited into a fairy tale. You wish that you were a girl again so that you could be Clara but at the same time you already are because you are experiencing the magic with her. And the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - pirouette after pirouette. It's the one time that the audience pulls themselves out the magic and allows themselves to applaud during the performance.

I don't go every year or even every other year. But it's always the same - for a few hours I'm a little girl experiencing some holiday magic.