Twelfth Night – Quick Five

In case you’re panicking … no, this isn’t a quick literary quiz about the Shakespeare play of the same name! Though, I’m sure some of our literary experts (Banditas and BBs) in the Lair would have passed such a test with flying colours. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Actually, since yesterday was what we regard as Twelfth Night in the UK [though it is also called Little Christmas, Old Christmas or Epiphany], and we consider that the official end of the Christmas celebrations — all decorations must be down by midnight or bad luck will befall you — I thought it might be nice to have some Quick Five fun today. The house will be dark without the Christmas lights *sigh* and we have to get back to sensible eating and drinking. Also, I’m sure for many of you, it is your first full week back at work after the festivities.

Let’s start the fun with five truisms about taking down the decorations:

1. No matter how carefully you take the ornaments off the tree, you will always miss one.

2. It is impossible to get Christmas tree lights back into the box they came out of.

3. You have forgotten the clever way you packed away all the ornaments last year, so they all fit into the minimum number of storage boxes.

4.You will now find the missing spare bulbs, ornament hangers, or whatever it was you were searching for so desperately at the beginning of December.

5. You can vacuum, sweep, brush and vacuum again, but you will still be finding pine needles at Easter!

Sven has filled the Lair with chocolate of every description – drinks, desserts, snacks, treats – and has installed a huge hot chocolate fountain down by the hockey hunks rink. He also commissioned some rather yummy, life-size chocolate sculptures from his pals – the ones who did the ice carvings, back in September! If you don’t like chocolate, just have a word with Paolo and he will provide you with what you need … food and drink orders only!

Chocolates by Gualberto107Without further ado, on with the Quick Five:

1. How do you like your hot chocolate – plain, with whipped cream, with marshmallows, with grated chocolate, with cinnamon … or some other way?

2. Are you a ‘decorations down as soon as possible’ person or a ‘keep them up as long as possible’ person? Do you follow Twelfth Night where you are?

3. The old tradition of Twelfth Night used to be that for 24 hours things were turned upside-down, so noblemen and peasants swapped places and men and women swapped roles. Who would you like to swap roles with – boss, husband, employee, partner, parent, child or someone else?

4. What are you looking forward to this week?

5. How would you like to treat yourself for getting through this week?

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  • flchen1 says:

    Wow, Anna! Fun Quick Five!
    1. I like my hot chocolate with plenty of whipped cream. Not as crazy about the marshmallows, especially if they don’t melt sufficiently.
    2. We don’t follow Twelfth Night where we are; am on the lazy side and we just got back from out of town, so our decorations are still up. I try to put them away soon-ish but one year we got caught up with other stuff and eventually swapped out the Christmas decorations with hearts for Valentine’s Day.
    3. I wouldn’t mind swapping with a baby somewhere–I sure didn’t appreciate those long days of napping when I was that age ๐Ÿ˜‰
    4. The kids go back to school tomorrow; I guess we’re all both looking forward and are dreading the return to routine!
    5. A new book or books, of course!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Fedora! LOL I was thinking the same thing about being a baby, having had the pleasure of our 3-month-old grandson with us over the holidays. That’s a fun life – feed, sleep and cuddles ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, reading a book becomes a problem, but hey – fun for a day!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    1. Usually plain, but sometimes I crave it with whipped cream.
    2. The decoration usually stay up a few days or even a week or two after the holidays. We don’t follower Twelfth Night.
    3. I would probably want to swap with a child.
    4. Just the usual sports games and new episodes of my favorite TV shows.
    5. It’s going to be super cold here, so maybe I’ll treat myself with an extra large cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream or maybe I’ll buy some new books.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Jane! Hope you’re staying warm!

      Are you looking forward to the outdoors game between our team? Can’t wait!

      Sounds perfect – hot chocolate with whipped cream and a great book!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Oh, Jane, you reminded me that my fave shows are starting back up, and I’m dying to watch Downton Abbey which I DVRed last night!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Well Anna since I didn’t put up any decorations this year, none to take down. But most years not until Ephany.I will gladly switch places with ANYONE living in the southern hemisphere where the temps are above 20C.
    As far as hot chocolate goes usually with marshmellows, but as long as there s real whipped cream, I’ll take that, tshak you very much.
    As for getting through this nnext week, iust staying warm will be good.And hubbby can take me out to dinner,finally,for my bday.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Amy – hope this year is a better one for you and yours. We have sunshine here in Cambridge, but the temps are in the mid 50’s – would love some of that Aussie heat too. Though am enjoying having the fire on.

      Have a lovely birthday dinner!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Happy birthday, Amy. I sure hope you get that nice dinner out!

  • Helen says:

    Hi Anna

    1. How do you like your hot chocolate โ€“ plain, with whipped cream, with marshmallows, with grated chocolate, with cinnamon โ€ฆ or some other way?

    Anyway someone makes it for me LOL

    2. Are you a โ€˜decorations down as soon as possibleโ€™ person or a โ€˜keep them up as long as possibleโ€™ person? Do you follow Twelfth Night where you are?

    My decorations must be down by January 6th I took them down Saturday January 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. The old tradition of Twelfth Night used to be that for 24 hours things were turned upside-down, so noblemen and peasants swapped places and men and women swapped roles. Who would you like to swap roles with โ€“ boss, husband, employee, partner, parent, child or someone else?

    Someone retired maybe Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. What are you looking forward to this week?

    The end of the working week so as I can read lots for 3 days

    5. How would you like to treat yourself for getting through this week?

    Relaxing with a good book and some chocolates

    As you can see I don’t like being at work LOL I would also like to congratulate Anna and Christina on their nominations in the ARRA awards way to go Ladies ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Helen! Sorry you’re back at work – won’t be long until the weekend! I can recommend the retired life, though I suppose with writing, I’m not really retired!

      Oh yes – so thrilled to see ARRA’s recognition for our two fabulous Aussie Banditas – very well-deserved!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Helen, I can see you got that retirement thing in. At what age are you able to retire over there? They keep raising the age here in order to get full benefits.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Helen, I can see you got that retirement thing in. At what age are you able to retire over there? They keep raising the age here in order to get full benefits.

  • Shannon says:

    1. Hot chocolate โ€“ I’m allergic to hot chocolate, but caramel macchiotos (sp?) came along.

    2. The camels came to the manager yesterday. I’m afraid the set is still up today, but will be packed away tonight.

    3. Someone who like to clean and would clean my house in 24 hours.

    4. There’s this book in this series that comes out Tuesday.

    5. How about a week where it’s warm and sunny? We’re due for a “polar vortex” and a prolonged blast of cold. It’s better than snow, though.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Shannon! One of these days I really must try a caramel macchiato – I’ve heard so much about them.

      Oh yes – what a great idea – or even someone who has a cleaner on hand, then you could read that book while they clean for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Stay warm!

  • Barb says:

    Hi Anna

    I remember having to have the decorations and tree down by January 6th when we lived in the UK Loved this blog Always found something we had left out of the box….

    1 hot choc with cream and marshmallow

    2 since we are in Australia we generally take them down before as we go on summer holidays and I don’t want to have to do it when we get back.

    3. Don’t think I really need to swap with anybody, especially Helen lol, as I am quite happy as I am

    4. Going sewing and reading

    5. I think I would like to swap some of our warm weather for some of your cold

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Barb! Yes, there is always one ornament left out of the box! It’s the one time of year I’m really methodical and still I miss on!

      I would readily swap you some of our cold weather for some of your hot! Although the plumber is coming to fit my office with a new double radiator, so I won’t be working int he coldest room in the house anymore!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Anna, not only is this Epiphany, but it was my little grandmother’s birthday. She passed last year, but would have been 94 today.

    1. Hot chocolate should definitely have whipped cream. Mine never does, but it should.

    2. I leave mine up until Epiphany. Didn’t know they were to be down by midnight, though. That may require some scrambling!

    3. I would love to swap places with anyone enjoying robust good health today, since I feel worse than ever with this wretched cold. I’ll choose my youngest, who will sleep until noon while I’m drudging through my workday. Pfft on youth!

    4. Looking forward to getting to sleep in on Saturday. Isn’t that sad?

    5. Not sure how I’ll treat myself, but since it’s the DH’s birthday on Friday we will likely go somewhere for a lovely dinner on Saturday. We’ll spend his birthday at a Council meeting for a non-profit we serve. Rolling my eyes at that one, but it’s unavoidable!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Caren, and hugs on the nasty cold!

      I think it would be great for someone who always has robust health to suffer for a while and give you some respite! Although, a day’s sleep would be nice too. I remember how much I longed for those days when I went out to work! Feel better soon!

  • Kaelee says:

    Hi Anna ~ I’m going to swipe some of the answers. I love that chocolate fountain.

    1. Hot Chocolate ~ plain ~ although I like Helen’s answer of anyway that someone makes it for me.

    2. Like Amy ~ I didn’t put up any decorations this year. My English granny followed the 12th night rule. My mom liked to take them down right after January 1st if no more visitors were expected. When I decorated it was whenever I felt moved to do it.

    3. I’m swiping Shannon answer ~ Someone who likes to clean and would clean my house in 24 hours. I think more than 24 hours might be needed but I’d love the head start.

    4. We are going to see my husband’s sister today and take her out to celebrate her birthday. It will be a few days late as it was really frigid on her birthday. We are getting old and didn’t want a 2 hour drive in arctic air with snow and ice on the roads.
    Then on Wednesday we are going out for dinner theater.

    5. Like a lot of other people ~ Getting to read books is my treat of choice.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Kaelee! You know the Banditas and BBs don’t mind sharing answers … or hunks … or chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Glad you decided to delay your celebrations for a while – it’s more important to keep safe to enjoy another year, rather than boldly go out into the freezing weather. I’m sure it’ll be nice for your SIL too as it will extend her birthday!

      Stay warm!

  • lori howe says:

    Happy New Year!!
    Hot Chocolate in our home is normally Chocolate Malt Ovaltine. But I have been known to get out the cocoa at Christmas and make from scratch (with deadly half-n-half)
    Over the years our decorations have stayed up a shorter and shorter time to where they were packed after Boxing Day.. except for the Nutcracker/soldier behind the front door we keep forgetting.
    I really don’t want to switch with anyone .. today. It our daughter’s last full day before heading back to college so I just want to be me loving on her. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am looking forward to seeing friends at work who have been gone for the holidays which brings up the Last thing:
    I am hoping to meet up with these friends this coming weekend to play catchup without work or family interrupting. Maybe the local coffee shop will still have the peppermint mocha waiting for us ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Lori! Aww how lovely – hope you and your daughter have a wonderful day together. It’s so special to have that kind of great relationship with her!

      I look forward to catching up with my pals too – wish they lived close enough to go to a coffee-shop. Enjoy that peppermint mocha! I love lattes with a shot of mint in them.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Ah, Lori, it’s so much fun to get those college students home for a few days and love them to death. My daughter is flying home for her birthday and I can’t wait to have many HHFDs with her (that’s happy, happy fun day, a tradition with us Robertson women.

  • Mozette says:

    1. How do you like your hot chocolate โ€“ plain, with whipped cream, with marshmallows, with grated chocolate, with cinnamon โ€ฆ or some other way?

    I love my hot chocolate with ALL the trimmings… but seeing it’s summer over here, I’ll take an ice coffee with ALL the trimmings ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Are you a โ€˜decorations down as soon as possibleโ€™ person or a โ€˜keep them up as long as possibleโ€™ person? Do you follow Twelfth Night where you are?

    Yeah, I’m a 12th night person. Mum drummed it into me. However, seeing we’re getting a cooler day tomorrow, I’ll be taking down the decorations tomorrow – one day early – so I can clean the house soon.

    3. The old tradition of Twelfth Night used to be that for 24 hours things were turned upside-down, so noblemen and peasants swapped places and men and women swapped roles. Who would you like to swap roles with โ€“ boss, husband, employee, partner, parent, child or someone else?

    I did that once with Mum… I cared for her when she broke her ankle years ago. Dad was supposed to, but he didn’t. I took Mum to all her doctor’s appointments, got her cast changed, her physio appointments and everything, and Dad didn’t do anything to assist… i was her nurse. So, the next time she got sick, I said he had to care for her. He acted as though he’d never ask me to care for her … silly man. He had forgotten about who looked after her with her ankle.

    4. What are you looking forward to this week?

    Getting back in and painting my peggies again and writing up some work… ๐Ÿ˜€

    5. How would you like to treat yourself for getting through this week?

    To get into finishing up writing Fry Nelson Bounty Hunter book 3… and then get into writing short erotic stories about Anna Millings. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Mozette! Sounds like you have a busy week planned – that’s great! A perfect way to start the new year. Good luck with all you have planned.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    1. Marshmallows and cinnamon… yum!
    2. I put the decorations up the Friday after Thanksgiving and take them down on New Year’s day. I’m not familiar with Twelfth Night… I’ll be googling it shortly… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    3. I would love to swap places with my dog. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He gets to sleep as much as he wants, gets food and treats he loves, plays when he’s not sleeping, and waited on hand and foot! ๐Ÿ™‚
    4. Looking forward to the weather warming up a bit — windchill right now is -15. Brrrrr…
    5. Dinner out when the temps go up.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Diana! Good on you for getting the decs down on New Year’s Day – I’d be way too tired ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I know what you mean about your dog – our cats certainly have a lovely life. I could be a cat for a day!

      Stay warm!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I know, Diana! Why do they always say, “It’s a dog’s life” in a negative way? I think a well cared for dog has a pretty good deal!

  • Happy Twelth Night to you Anna!

    1. I’m a whipped cream in my hot chocolate kind of girl. Used to like marshmallows, but I’ve become quite happy with whipped cream on top, and maybe some peppermint sprinkles!

    2. I get the tree down fairly quickly. In fact that’s on the agenda for today. The mantel on the other hand, has been known to stay deocrated into March!

    3. I would trade places with someone who loves to excercise and run…then I wouldn’t feel guilty about eating a cheeseburger!

    4. Looking forward to getting more of the ending of VANISHED wrtitten!

    5. I’d love start reading STYXX for finishing my book, but will have to wait and see!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Ooh yes, Suz – whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles … on the hot chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I love your idea of changing places with someone who exercised. Especially if they did all the work and I ended up fit and trim!

      Get that writing done – your readers await!!

  • catslady says:

    And I will add one more to your first list: no matter how careful, you always break one (or two) ornaments. And it is usually one that I hold dear (sigh).

    1. As long as it’s not the instant kind made with water (yuk) I love it any way!

    2. No Twelfth Night and I’m a hold on to the decorations as long as possible. I will now have to pick up needles with a shovel lol. All my decorations are down but my husband failed his part in helping get the lights off and the tree out!!

    3. My husband – I want dinner served to me lol.

    4. I belong to a bowling league which meets on Wednesdays so I’ll be glad to see everyone after 3 weeks.

    5. My biggest treat is always reading so extra reading would be nice and maybe a new book or two ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, catslady!

      Sigh! This year, I didn’t break an ornament – I went one worse and broke my favourite penguin! It survived being shipped to and from the US and all kinds of ills, but the vacuum cleaner killed it ๐Ÿ™ I’m gutted. The cost to repair it is eye-watering, but I’m biting the bullet because I love it so much.

      I think your husband should either serve dinner to you or take you out for a fab meal! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deb says:

    Hi, Anna!

    1. When having hot chocolate at home, I sometimes put a marshmallow on top. When at a restaurant, it’s always fun to have whipped cream on the top.

    2. I like to keep my decorations up as long as possible, but my DH is kind of a Mr. Bah Humbug and insists they come down on NYD.

    3. It might be interesting to swap places with my daughter for a day to see what goes on in her young teen world. Then, again, maybe not.

    4. I was looking forward to getting back into routine this week, but with the literal Polar Air sweeping down on us, school was closed for the day, and possibly tomorrow. -20 F. with windchill of -47. It has not been this cold for…I think the news said 15 years. We get cold temps, but not like this.

    5. Chocolate helps any time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I need to treat myself by going to be early. I have been staying up about 3 or 4 hours past my usual 9:30-10:00 bedtime…

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, Deb!

      Oh no on Mr Bah Humbug! Doc Cambridge puts up with my foibles and lets me keep the decs up, but he gets antsy about taking the lights down on time, especially if rain is forecast ;).

      Hmm I’m not sure you want to know what goes on in your daughter’s world ๐Ÿ˜‰ I, for one, wouldn’t want to live in that world ever again!

      I hear you on the early to bed – must do that myself! I have revisions to do this week on A Perfect Trade and a looming deadline, so need to be up and about in good time.

  • EC Spurlock says:

    Staying close to the fire to stay warm, today, as I have the flu. I actually called in sick to work, which I NEVER do, so my coworkers are very concerned! But I thought going out in 20 degree temps and black ice with a woozy head was NOT a good idea.

    1. I’ll take hot chocolate any which way, but my favorite is the Mexican way with cinnamon and vanilla. A truly decadent experience!

    2. We don’t follow Twelfth Night, but I do keep the decorations up until January 7, which is Gregorian/Russian Orthodox Christmas, in honor of my grandmother.

    3. I’d like to swap places with my son and sit around playing videogames all day today while school is closed due to weather! –Wait, I can do that anyway, since I’m home sick!

    4. Looking forward to getting back into routine, and getting used to my new car!

    5. In between three freelance commissions and relisting my corset pins in my Etsy store, I’m going to indulge myself one last time and make a last stab at sending my novel The Ever After Affair to an editor.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Happy 2014, EC – so sorry you’re feeling poorly! You made the right call, though! Hope you feel better soon.

      How interesting about the Orthodox Christmas – wonder if I could extend the decs for one more day due to my Russian forebears?

      Oooh congrats on the new car – hope you’re able to enjoy it soon, without the icy roads.

      Fingers crossed for your novel!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Aw. WordPress ate my comment. I’ll try again.

    1. I’m not a hot chocolate fan…but I wouldn’t say no to a steaming hot coffee with a shot of Bailey’s.

    2. I don’t do 12th night, but I’m so definitely not a Martha Stewart-y girl. (Much to my girls’ chagrin.) The decorations are few, sparse & unpacked in a hurry when it becomes clear that Christmas is, like, tomorrow. They go down as fast as possible. I’m a terrible decorator.

    3. If I were going to swap places with somebody? It would be a resident of Kauai, preferably childless & independently wealthy. It’s been a long Christmas holiday here in the midwest, & the kids are off school today. And tomorrow. Because it’s so cold.

    4. I’m looking forward to a break in the weather so my kids (whom I love and adore) will go back to school & I can have a day to myself.

    5. My treat for getting through the week? A nice, long, unauthorized afternoon nap in a puddle of sunshine on the living room couch in an EMPTY HOUSE.

    Finger crossed!

    • Anna Sugden says:

      Ooh that sounds lovely – I could go for that … the coffee with the Bailey’s shot, the day on Kauai and the long, afternoon nap in the puddle of sunshine. You’d love our conservatory, Susan – the perfect place for a nap in the sunshine, no matter what the weather outside.

      Fingers crossed for you, my friend!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’d wave my magic wand for you, Susan, but I know sooner or later you’re going to get #5. They gotta go to school sooner or later, and having them gone is a wicked pleasure, so enjoy it!

  • Anna, how fun! Our decorations are down as of yesterday, but the pine needles are certainly persisting. And the lovely evergreen scent is gone. It’s just not the same out of a spray can.

    I like my hot chocolate without whipped cream.

    We don’t follow 12th Night, though I think it’s pretty cool.

    I can’t think of anyone I’d change places with.

    I’m looking forward to watching the videos I got for Christmas, which I’m holding as a reward for when revisions are done.

    My treat for getting through the week will be a caramel frappuccino. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Becke Turner says:

    Anna,
    I think I’m going to end up the Scrooge of the blog on this one.

    1. Hot chocolate โ€“ Swiss Miss Sugar free plain
    2. Decorations – come down Christmas evening or at the latest on 26th.
    3. swap roles with my VP
    4. What are you looking forward to this week? Leaving for St. Maarten Saturday morning – Yes!!!!
    5. How would you like to treat yourself for getting through this week? Sun and sand

  • Luscious post, VA!

    1. How do you like your hot chocolate โ€“ plain, with whipped cream, with marshmallows, with grated chocolate, with cinnamon โ€ฆ or some other way?

    I like my hot chocolate plain and strong ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Are you a โ€˜decorations down as soon as possibleโ€™ person or a โ€˜keep them up as long as possibleโ€™ person? Do you follow Twelfth Night where you are?

    I like to keep the decorations up for a while after Christmas but it’s hit and miss when we take them down. We don’t follow Twelfth Night here.

    3. The old tradition of Twelfth Night used to be that for 24 hours things were turned upside-down, so noblemen and peasants swapped places and men and women swapped roles. Who would you like to swap roles with โ€“ boss, husband, employee, partner, parent, child or someone else?

    Haha, I’d swap with dh so he’d have to do all the cooking, cleaning and laundry on our holiday and I get to do whatever I like ๐Ÿ™‚

    4. What are you looking forward to this week?

    Going to Melbourne for the tennis,

    5. How would you like to treat yourself for getting through this week?

    A cut and colour at a nice salon. My hair is definitely a beachy tangle at the moment!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Interesting topic, Anna. As I read, my decorations are down, wrapped and in their storage containers, but we still have the arduous (and dangerous) task of getting them back into the rafters!

    1. Hot chocolate? Gotta have frozen cool whip on it.

    2. Decorations down as soon as possible, usually when everyone goes back to school.

    3. I’d like to swap places with the child I was at twelve. I remember having a lot of fun at that age!

    4. My daughter and her daughters are singing in Church this Sunday, and that’s always a treat.

    5. I’d like a honey dip wrap at the local spa and massage center, but it’s $80 and I’m not willing to pay that just yet. But it’s oh so soothing.