Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Pauline’s Christmas gene-meme

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.  This week’s mission was:

Pauleen (Cassmob) who writes the Family history across the seas blog started a Christmas meme in 2012 – see Deck the Halls – 2012 Christmas GeneaMeme.  So we will use that for SNGF this week (since very few readers did it two and three years ago!):

1)  Copy and paste the meme questions into your blog or word processor, and then answer the questions.  You could use short statements, long paragraphs or provide a link to one of your earlier posts.

2)  Tell us about your meme answers in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

3)  Be sure to leave a comment on Pauleen’s blog post about your entry in this Christmas 2015 Geneameme.  She’ll be surprised!

Questions are in blue

  1. Do you have any special Xmas traditions in your family? Not really
  2. Is church attendance an important part of your Christmas celebrations and do you go the evening before or on Xmas Day? Church attendance was an important part of our Christmas celebrations when I was growing up, but not since I married. We used to attend on Christmas day.
  3. Did/do you or your children/grandchildren believe in Santa? I don’t remember believing in Santa as a child.  I don’t know if my daughter does/did as she’s autistic and can’t tell me. I think my son did when he was younger, but I’m not sure at what age he would have stopped believing.
  4. Do you go carolling in your neighbourhood? No
  5. What’s your favourite Christmas music? The traditional Christmas carols.
  6. What’s your favourite Christmas carol? Silent Night
  7. Do you have a special Xmas movie/book you like to watch/read? Miracle on 34th Street
  8. Does your family do individual gifts, gifts for littlies only, Secret Santa(aka Kris Kringle)? Growing up, it was individual gifts, although for my sister and I (my birthday is in December and hers is in January) sometimes had to share Christmas/birthday presents, as there were 7 of us girls in the family.  Since my children were born, it’s been just gifts for my own children.
  9. Is your main Christmas meal indoors or outdoors, at home or away? Our main Christmas meal has always been indoors (no flies), and most of the time has been at home.
  10. What do you eat as your main course for the Christmas meal? This has varied from year to year.  Sometimes it has been cold meat and salad, but there have been times when we have had the roasts as well.  Sometimes a roast turkey, but more often chicken, pork and ham, with roast vegetables (potato, pumpkin), and peas, carrots.  Desserts included Christmas pudding, trifle, pavlova, fruit salad, jelly, with ice cream, cream & custard.  And Christmas cake.
  11. Do you have a special recipe you use for Xmas? Not really.
  12. Does Christmas pudding feature on the Xmas menu? Is it your recipe or one you inherited? Most years Christmas pudding has featured.  Growing up, mum used to make our Christmas plum pudding. I think it was just a recipe from a cookery book – it may have been from the PWMU (Presbyterian Women’s Missionary Union) cookbook. These days I use the ones that come in a can.
  13. Do you have any other special Christmas foods? What are they? There are two main foods that we have at Christmas – mince pies, and White Christmas. The recipe for White Christmas also came from the PWMU cookbook.
  14. Do you give home-made food/craft for gifts at Christmas? As a child, I think I gave homemade crafts occasionally as gifts, but most of the time the gifts are bought ones.
  15. Do you return to your family for Xmas or vice versa? While mum was still alive, I think I always spent Christmas with mum and dad, but after mum died I would spend Christmas at home with my own family, and then go down to visit dad after Christmas.  Now, we just spend Christmas at home, and for the past few years we have started having Christmas with my sister who lives nearby.
  16. Is your Christmas celebrated differently from your childhood ones? If yes, how does it differ? Christmas in my childhood was a lot bigger, as there were more of us.  Attending church was part of the celebrations, while we don’t do that now.
  17. How do you celebrate Xmas with your friends? Lunch? Pre-Xmas outings? Drop-ins? I’ve never really done anything to celebrate Christmas with friends, it’s mainly been just with the family.
  18. Do you decorate your house with lights? A little or a lot? Growing up, we never had lights, except maybe a few on the tree.  Now, I do decorate the house a little with lights.  We usually have lights on the tree, and my daughter loves them, so she has a few strung up inside.  For the last few years, we have had some solar powered lights outside, but we haven’t bothered about putting them up this year.
  19. Is your neighbourhood a “Xmas lights” tour venue? Although some houses in the neighbourhood have lights, it’s not a tour venue.
  20. Does your family attend Carols by Candlelight singalongs/concerts? Where? As a child I used to attend Carols by Candlelight at the local church. I attended a couple when I visited dad at Christmas as well, with my children.
  21. Have any of your Christmases been spent camping (unlikely for our northern-hemisphere friends)? Although we spent Christmas day at home, from about the age of 6, we used to spend every Christmas camping at a caravan park at Kilcunda, which was near the family farm where my grandmother grew up at Woolamai.  I haven’t been camping at Christmas since I married.
  22. Is Christmas spent at your home, with family or at a holiday venue? Christmas is spent at home or with family.
  23. Do you have snow for Christmas where you live? Being in Australia, there is definitely no snow at Christmas
  24. Do you have a Christmas tree every year? Yes, we have a Christmas tree every year.
  25. Is your Christmas tree a live tree (potted/harvested) or an imitation? Although mum and dad used to have live trees, I have used imitation trees – they last a lot longer.  I have a tree that I think I’ve had for 20 years now.
  26. Do you have special Xmas tree decorations? We don’t have any special decorations, although some years my daughter has put up some homemade decorations.  We usually just have tinsels, baubles, with a star on top.
  27. Which is more important to your family, Christmas or Thanksgiving? Since we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, definitely Christmas.