Friday Five – New Fun and New Contest

Cat hiding underneath Christmas tree

Time for the Holiday Friday Five!

Hello! Thanks to everyone who entered my Friday Fiver contest over the past couple weeks. While I think it was fun, I want to do something new (there will still be a contest!) more in the spirit of Blogthings.

When I originally started Blogthings, I wanted to give people a way to easily find fun things to add to their blogs and have more topics to blog about. Of course, in the era of Facebook, Twitter, and yes, still blogs, this has morphed into fun things to add to all sorts of social media / self expression services.

I felt like the Friday Fiver was sort of straying from this mission a bit, so I want to introduce something new – and kind of old. The Friday Five! If you’re a long time blogger, LiveJournaler, or internet geek like me, you may remember the tradition of posting five questions on Friday that everyone answers. I’d like to start this up on the Blogthings blog as a way for some get-to-know-each-other fun!

So what I’d like you to do is answer my Friday Five questions below. Simple as that. Every person who comments below today will be automatically entered in the gift card contest. This week I’m giving away an Amazon.com $5 gift card and a Jelly Belly $5 gift card to the randomly chosen winner, both courtesy of Swagbucks. (SwagbucksΒ isΒ an easy place to earn free gift cards that I LOVE.) If you don’t want to enter but still want to comment, simply state that somewhere in your comment. I think this is going to be fun!

Without further delay, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment.

Friday Five – Holiday 2012

  1. What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year?
  2. Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reasons, or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three?
  3. Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts?
  4. What is your favorite edible holiday treat?
  5. What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless?

What do you think?

20 thoughts on “Friday Five – New Fun and New Contest

  1. Donna Rowe

    Friday Five – Holiday 2012 (Or, in my case, Saturday)

    1. What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year?

    Christmas. Next year *maybe* I’ll try Chalica (a new UU holiday inspired by Chanukkah and Kwanzaa)

    2. Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reasons, or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three?

    Cultural and familial

    3. Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts?

    Give

    4. What is your favorite edible holiday treat?

    Eggnog & peppermint anything

    5. What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless?

    I love receiving them if they’re to someplace I would shop. As for giving, first be sure your receipient would like one. If so, gift cards are thoughtful because it gives the receiver a chance to get what *they* want and eliminates the need for returns or regifting.

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    1. kari Post author

      Oooh, Chalica sounds interesting. Thanks for alerting me to it!

      Good point about gift cards! Returns are such a pain that it is very thoughtful to do what we can to help others avoid them πŸ™‚

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  2. Dyvonne

    1. What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year?
    – Christmas with my family!

    2. Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reason or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three?
    – I celebrate Christmas for all three of the reasons stated.

    3. Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts?
    – I’m gonna be honest. I prefer to receive gifts.

    4. What is your favorite edible holiday treat?
    – Coooookkkkkkiiiiiieeeeeessssss. Num Num Num!

    5. What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless?
    – Gift cards are a great present. As long as they aren’t to some irrelevant store like The Home Depot or Lowes. I especially like gift cards to my favorite restaurants.

    Happy Holidays Everyone!

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  3. Josh

    1.What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year? As many as I can if I’m awake when they arrives

    2.Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reasons, or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three? I just love Christmas and what it’s about (Jesus family festivities and aesthetics).

    3.Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts? I only bought presents for a few people once when I was a teen and haven’t done it again (I’m apathetic which I’m trying to get over).

    4.What is your favorite edible holiday treat? Certain kinds of Christmas cookies and eggnog.

    5.What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless? Thoughtful for those who aren’t sure what they want.

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  4. Lora

    Friday Five – Holiday 2012

    What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year? The only ones left this year are Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I will celebrate them πŸ™‚

    Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reasons, or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three? A little bit of all three

    Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts? The PC answer is give. And I love giving them. But of course I like getting them too πŸ˜‰

    What is your favorite edible holiday treat? homemade sweet stuff, and lobster bisque

    What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless? It depends on who gives them.

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  5. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    Oooh, fun idea! πŸ™‚

    1. Well–Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur/Succot; Chanukah; Purim; Passover; Shavuot. (You can’t argue it doesn’t define me–partly, anyway!)

    2. Religious, mostly, but it’s really hard to separate religious from cultural, they are so mixed together.

    3. I was going to say receive, but–no, it’s receive!

    4. I think real sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly donuts). Mmmmm, fried!

    5. I think gift cards are very thoughtful, when they are specific to a person’s interests. (General spend-this-anywhere gift cards aren’t, though.) (Then again…if the recipient is a shopaholic type…)

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          1. kari Post author

            We have our first Jewish kosher deli opening in Austin soon, so I’m holding out hope for some delicious new treats. And hopefully some decent bagels.

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  6. Christina

    1 – Well since this year is almost over the only one I will be celebrating is Christmas..Don’t really do anything for New Years.
    2 – In all honesty its because of Santa ..lol
    3 – I enjoy both..getting and giving..but mostly giving cause I just love to see everyone happy.
    4 – hahaha not sure I can narrow it down but I guess it would be peanut butter balls
    5 – I think gift cards can be thoughtful if one is unfamiliar with the person they are giving it to.

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  7. Laura

    1. We celebrated the traditional American holidays. Most recently was Thanksgiving and upcoming is Christmas then New Years Eve and Day.
    2. We celebrate because of family tradition.
    3. Who honestly doesn’t like receiving?? But I do enjoy the search for the perfect gift and the reaction the receiver expresses.
    4. I LOVE clear toy candy around Christmas.
    5. Gift cards are an excellent gift for someone who you are unsure what to buy.

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    1. kari Post author

      I had to Google clear toy candy. Very cool! I have never heard or seen that before… which I think is a major failing on my part πŸ™‚

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  8. kari Post author

    1) Christmas and Festivus πŸ™‚ Oh and New Years

    2) Just cultural reasons. I’m not religious, but I try to find meaning in the holidays anyway.

    3) I prefer to give gifts – huge change from younger me.

    4) Chocolates! But cookies are good too. Also, I like pie…

    5) Hmmm, depends on the person. Clearly, a personal gift is best. A gift card is better than no gift though, and they can be made personal with what you pick, how you give it, etc…

    *Not entering my own contest, btw. Just getting the Friday Five part started πŸ™‚

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