Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Tag!

The lovely and talented Angela over at Paper Menagerie tagged me while I had the cooties and, I'm just getting around to it with a little spin I borrowed from April of Mayhem Arts.

Christmas Tag

1. I have set a Washington women's (nee.) family precedent as the youngest to host Christmas dinner in our family. At age 18, a new wife and mother, I hosted the first Christmas dinner on December 24, 1991. The responsibility was previously held by my grandmother who hosted her first at age 27. Keeping in line with the changes in our families' construct, I have traded some of the traditional Southern fare for more multi-ethnic, exotic, eco and cardio friendly delights. (I can burn now.)

2. Santa does not wrap presents here. Instead he opens them and plays with them all over the family room. The children awaken to Christmas already in progress. As a child, my Barbie's were often posed on new bike pedals, in plants or as players alongside new board games! Santa was/is exceptionally creative!

Yes, those are Mr. Potato Head's yellow glasses.Yael wore them frequently in 2001-2002.

3. In over two decades of peeking, shaking and fondling wrapped presents, the only thing I ever actually figured out was a navel ring Favorite Guy hung in the tree during Christmas of 1994.

4. Every Christmas has a color scheme theme, down to the wrapping paper. It helps keep me sane amongst the insanity of the season.

5. My favorite Christmas songs are Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Happy Christmas (War is Over), Baby It's Cold Outside...although, that one is a bit..er um-secular! I'm partial to the Ray Charles and Betty Carter Version-it's sexy!

This was FUN! I'm not going to interrupt any one's baking or last minute shopping by tagging. If you are so inclined to play along, have at it and, let me know where to find you. Happy holidays.



High Desert Diva said...

Always fun to reads tidbits...

Could that 1998 photo of you be ANY more gorgeous?

Meka said...

High Desert Diva said...

Could that 1998 photo of you be ANY more gorgeous?

DUDE, what she said!!!

Meka said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit of you and your family. What is it about folks; why do we so enjoy peeking into the lives of others?

I like the color/themed Christmas idea. I've been stuck on silver/white/blue for at least five years. I still love it; so until it gets old, it's here to stay!

... Can't wait to find out how the Greek food turns out!

Sandra Ree said...

Beautiful T.Allen-Mercado, wishing you and your family a very Merry, Merry Christmas. xo

Yvonne said...

You are such an interesting woman Ms.T. Thanks for sharing bits and pieces of yourself with us. Many blessings during the holiday season.

PS. Hit me up with your address 'cause I have a little RAK for you.

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Merry Christmas!
I love the photos.

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Okay how FLY are you and your family? And Christmas dinner at 18?! What?! Loves it.

Merry Christmas, baby!

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Young families are always beautiful (new mothers glow!), but your's especially so. Women set the emotional/social tone for their family....and your family rings a clear, harmonious tone!

Merry Christmas!

Daisy said...

It looks like fun at your house! Happy holidays to you.

A Cuban In London said...

Oh, this post was so much fun to read! Merry Christmas.

Greetings from London.

Ms. Bar B: said...

That was a fun trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday =)

fly tie said...

i really like number 2. and the cat in the last photo! too sweet. :-D

i've always liked ray charles & betty carter singing that song as well.

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