Christmas Tag…I’m It!

December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Our Christmas Tree

So, there’s this holiday “game” floating around cyberspace now where bloggers are tagging each other to answer questions about Christmas and then they have to tag a few other bloggers. It’s sort of like a chain-letter, blogger-style with a holiday theme. I love it. And, I love it for two reasons. First, it’s giving me something to write about. You see, I’ve had writer’s block for about a week now. After the tragic events in Newtown, I was emotionally drained, and I simply lost my ability to form coherent sentences, let alone funny ones which I usually try to post. This tagging game has unlocked my block and is gently pushing me to get my writing juices flowing again.

The second reason I am loving this game is that I am Jewish! Fortunately, I married an Italian Catholic, so we’ve been celebrating Christmas for many years. And truth be told, even as a child we used to celebrate Christmas. We never had a tree, though my mom always said she wanted to put up a Hanukah bush. However, my parents hung stockings and gave us presents on Christmas day and I even remember my Grandfather dressing up as Santa a few times. While it may sound strange that a Jewish family had these traditions, I know we mostly had Christmas at our house as another excuse to get together with family. My aunts, uncles and cousins would come over every Christmas and that made the day special. So, rather than going to the movies and eating chinese food like many Jewish families do on December 25, we decided to embrace some of the traditions of Christmas, the most important one being family.

So, thank you Amy from Adorable Chaos, who tagged me to participate. As you can see, I needed this nudge to start posting again. And, it also gave me another way to procrastinate from Christmas shopping! Amy and I have both discovered that we are very behind on our gift-buying this year, and we seem to have made each other feel better that we are slacking off together. However, I know we’ll both get our shopping done — because we have no choice!!

Now, onto the questions I am supposed to answer:

1. If you could have anything you want this Christmas, what would it be?

I struggled with this one, because I have my unrealistic list (including turning back time and intervening prior to the events of December 14 and for my mom to never have to enter another hospital ever again unless she decides to resume her duties as a practicing nurse) and then I have what I hope is a more realistic wish: To have my book published. I don’t expect a literary agent to be wrapped with a bow on his or her head and waiting for me on Christmas morning, but I do plan to query agents soon, so if any of you are reading this, please grant me my Christmas wish!

2. If you had tons of money, what would you give your spouse?

Oooh, that’s a good one. My spouse has expensive taste too. Probably either a really nice watch or season tickets to the Knicks games, courtside seats!

3. Do you have a secret awesome gift that you can’t wait to give someone this year?

Well, we always like to surprise the kids with something either not on their list or something they don’t expect from us/Santa.  I had originally written here what those secret and awesome gifts are, but I decided to delete them because sometimes my kids actually read my blog and I’m paranoid I might spoil the surprise.

4. Are you already looking forward to January and all of this being over?

Umm, yes.  And no Amy, I don’t think your question is grinchy. It’s been a rough fall here in the Northeast, both with Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook – I just realized the name Sandy is in both of those phrases). I am ready to start fresh in 2013, as I’m sure so many others similarly feel.

And now it’s my turn to tag a few bloggers…Since it’s so close to Christmas, I considered not continuing the chain, but I’m a bit supersticious, so I’ll try to keep it going. However, if ya’ll have already been tagged (which is likely) or don’t have the time to answer or are already enjoying your holiday vacation, no worries.  I thought Amy proposed such good questions, that if you’re so inclined, please answer the same ones…Pete, Angie & Mary Ann, tag you’re it!

Happy Holidays to you all!



{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Hall December 23, 2012 at 12:50 am

Emily, I enjoyed reading your answers. Good call on removing the surprise gifts from your blog, you never know who reads it. 😉 Good luck on your book. I’ll be eager to hear how your search for an agent goes.


ohboymom December 23, 2012 at 12:57 am

Thanks and believe me if I ever secure an agent, I’ll be broadcasting it to everyone I know so you’ll be sure to hear about it.:)


Janine Huldie December 23, 2012 at 2:12 am

I am really loving this Tag Christmas version game and learning more about everyone, including you Emily. I am with you on this one being so much fun and seriously was almost going to write in my post today what I thinking of getting my husband, but then I remembered he reads my blog and had to delete it, too. So, I totally understood that one :)


Rich Rumple December 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

Emily – I remember the old act of starting a story on one side of the room and watching it balloon by the time it was told on the other side. You had it easy here with only four questions. I think it’s time for another 6, just so you can equal out with my efforts! lol Seriously, those were some great answers! I enjoyed reading! Great post!


ohboymom December 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

You’re right, I did have it easy with just 4 questions, but don’t even think about adding more to my plate or get you back with another one of those blogging awards..just kidding of course!


Melanie Chisnall December 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

This is such a fun game and I loved your answers…especially the part about your children sometimes reading your posts. That’s very cool. :)


ohboymom December 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Yes, it’s cool to have my kids sometimes read my blog, but I have to be VERY careful what I say about them or I’ll hear about it later!


Daughter of Maat December 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I really enjoyed reading this post! The questions are really interesting! Good call on not listing what you got the kids, but it’s nice to know they read your blog!! 😀 Happy Holidays!


ohboymom December 24, 2012 at 3:21 am

Thanks and glad you enjoyed the post…and yes, you can never be too careful with who may be reading what we post — kids included. :) Happy Holidays to you too!


Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. December 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I’m glad you got a nudge to start posting again. I personally am looking forward to a little “quiet” on the blogging front for the next week or so! Happy Holidays!


ohboymom December 24, 2012 at 3:19 am

I’m with you on the “quiet” time this week…I think I needed a break to re-group and come up with some new ideas for 2013…Happy Holidays to you too!


Kristi December 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Happy holidays! I enjoyed reading your answers and am sure you’ll soon be published!


ohboymom December 24, 2012 at 3:18 am

Thanks Kristi…thanks for reading, and I hope you’re right about me being published! :)


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