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NTF : December 6th 2010
Quiz C. Not acreaturewas stirring, not even amouse! Do you want me to recite the rest? Ihave it memorised. 6.FOR YOU, CHRISTMAS IS: A. Completely exhausting and incredibly expensive. B. An exercise in tedium and familial obligations. C. The best time of the year! 7. WHATISTHE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS THESE DAYS? A. An endless list of tasks, shopping and decorating followed by the standardfamily gathering whereyou hope everyone likes their gifts. B. Corporate propaganda perpetuating the myth that physical possessions areanecessary evil in today’s commercialist society. C. Peace and love wrapped up in homemade cookies and grandma’sold-fashioned stuffing recipe. 8. CHRISTMAS MORNING AT 5AM YOU ARE: A. Waking up on apile of presents with sticky tape in your hair after passing out wrapping gifts again. B. Snug and comfortable in my bed, thank you. Yo u don’tseriously expect me to be up early on aholiday? C. Happily rolling out cookie dough while the roast is baking in the oven. 1. THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY, YOUR SHOPPING LIST IS LOOKING: A. Looking? It’sscreaming at me about how many presents Istill have to buy.And don’teven get me started on the food and decorations. B. What list? If people cannot be happy with my company then they can have coal. C. Finished, of course. Ifinished it in June! 2. WHATDOES YOUR TREE LOOK LIKE? A. Exactly the same as the one in the home magazine you bought in November,right down to the brand of tinsel. B. Ithink it’ssome type of gum tree in my garden. If the birds hang around we might have some nests for decoration. C. Beautiful! With all those handmade decorations and carefully placed lights it’sperfect. 3. YOUR IDEAL CHRISTMAS WOULD BE: A. Apersonal shopper and party planner to take careofall the details. That way the family will get exactly what they want without any arguing. B. Amassive cocktail party with plenty of alcohol and absolutely no Santa hats or carols. C. All the family at my house opening their unique presents and hand-sewn stockings while Icook a fabulous feast. 4. WHATDOYOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? A. Ihave no idea, but if you ask me what’son everyone else’slists Ican recite them. B. Asecond November. C. Everyone to be happy,well-fed, entertained and content. Along with peace on earth and good will towards all. 5.’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE: A. Everyone was sleeping while Iremoved the last of the price tags and wrapped gifts in the gorgeous paper Isaw in that Christmas display at the shops. B. Iwas doing the same thing Idoany other night; Christmas is just another day you know. MOSTLYA:SANTA’SSLAVE Has the love fallen away from the labour of Christmas? Yo uneed to take astep back and evaluate exactly what Christmas means to you. Thereislittle point in slaving to the rhythm of carols if you aremerely exhausting yourself and neglecting all the fun of the holiday season. If your season is all wrapped up in shopping and gifts, tackle some new traditions for your loved ones. Make December amonth to remember, not just asingle day of who got what. MOSTLYB:GRUESOMELYGRINCHY If you werecovered in green fur screaming Bah! Humbug! at the neighbourhood children your neighbours would not be surprised. For you, Christmas is atime of excess indulgence and unneeded formality.Like Santa’sSlave, have you forgotten the joy of Christmas? If you hate the commercialism, DIY gifts this year; if you loathe the cheer,ask yourself why an occasion of joy can bring you such misery.Reinvent Christmas so you can enjoy the company of your loved ones. If you can’tdoitfor them at least sparethe neighbourhood kids. MOSTLYC:FANATICALLYFESTIVE Yo uare practically Christmas incarnate. If you polish your halo just alittle you could pin yourself to atreetop for December.Not only can you bring the Christmas spirit to agathering, you can bring the roast, pudding and homemade bonbons too. Yo udowhat you do out of love –and that’sthe best reason around –but don’twear yourself so thin that Christmas becomes one long to-do list. Let yourself relax and absorb the reactions to your wonderful Christmas presence. ©CopyrightEveningsongInk:AuspacMedia. 18
December 13th 2010