I'm a filmmaking Lady who is currently making a documentary about other Ladies and Dudes and asking them what they wanted to be when they grew up.
@Heike green bean casserole basically breaks down to green beans and crispy fried onions in a mushroom cream sauce. Campbell's soup is really only "traditional" because they printed the recipe on their cans. It's not actually necessary.
For Christmas Trees: If you put about a tablespoon of bleach in the water when you first get it home it kills all the slimy bacteria and fungus that end up killing your tree, which makes it lose it's needles. Also, making sure you have a fresh tree to start with helps. This tip also works with cut flowers, just use much less bleach
@Heike First, you are the nicest ever! Your American friends will love you forever.
Here are a couple of my family traditions to help you out. The biggest part is the tradition part though, so maybe just have fun and start your own!
Drinks: Eggnog is a big favorite in my family, but also hot mulled wine and hot apple cider spiked with rum or brandy are excellent.
A wreath is not necessary, but if you hang holiday decorations usually, doing the easy stuff after dinner is fun.
We usually have a cheese plate out before dinner with some nice crackers, nuts some fruit, but this could be a really fun place to incorporate some of your traditional holiday food!
As far as music and films, this is our family's starting point for Christmas so if you have people celebrating Christmas maybe some Christmas movies and music? Bing Crosby and Miracle on 34th St maybe. Or your favorite jazz is cool too.
My favorite table settings are tall taper candles (so classy right!) and the food!
The entire holiday is about getting together with people who you love and being thankful they are in your life. So take these tips if you like them, but just the fact that you're doing this in the first place is what it's all about.
Edith, I can see your point. There are a tragic amount of Ls missing from this song. But that said...I still like it. I think it's wonderfow.
@The Hyperbolic Julia Set A pregnant woman once came to my office and had her stomach basically molested by our insufferable receptionist (because apparently pregnant bellies are communal property?!) and the woman just calmly reached out and cupped the receptionists breast and said "oh, sorry, does that make you uncomfortable?" and cooly walked away. I never even got her name but she has been my hero ever since.
@The Hyperbolic Julia Set This makes me so sad. I was in a gifted program (or as we liked to call it, Independent Study so we didn't sound so stuck up our own butts) and it was based on statewide standardized test scores and then recommendations from your teachers for those of us that qualified. I think my mother was just notified when I was in 3rd grade that I'd been offered a spot in the program. After that I just rode the bus with the big kids to the middle school every Monday. Our class, like the rest of our school was incredibly diverse. Although, my mom is still a teacher in the same city and she mentions how every year there are less and less white kids, and less and less funding. Interesting correlation, no?
@elizabeast confession: I spent more time than I'd like to admit making up 'totally mortifying' stories to send in to 17 about the guy I was totally crushing on noticing in one way or another that I had my period.
Fact #1 I didn't get my period until I was 16 so I had no idea what I was talking about.
Fact #2 no guy that I ever crushed on in middle school ever noticed me, period or not.
Fact #3 They never published any of my letters.
Fact #4 I actually got my period in gym class while swimming. I'll spare the gorey details, but, yeah. I never wrote in about it. Haha.
@Bluebird26 To anyone thinking about getting a mole removed in a visible spot, like the two I got removed from my nose and chin, I would HIGHLY suggest going to a plastic surgeon. Mine sent them out for testing just like a dermatologist and all I paid was a $15 co-pay. And NO scars or pits! My sister went to a regular derm and she has a giant hole in her shoulder. It looks like something bit a chunk out of her...
@Inconceivable! Not sure how this happens, but on the rare occasion I use a flat sheet (other people's homes or hotel only!) it ends up wrapping itself around my head and neck in the middle of the night. TERRIFYING!