Alabama Softball Christmas Questions & Answers

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Tuesday, December 02, 2003

While studying for final exams and prepping for the upcoming season, the 2004 University of Alabama softball team took time out to share various thoughts and ideas concerning the Christmas season.  Everything from the best Christmas gift they've ever received to what Christmas means to them.

Christmas Capper Michelle Stacy
Capper, Michelle, and Stacy get ready for the holidays

Christmas group picture
The team Christmas party

Alabama Softball Christmas Q&A

SENIORS

Headshot Angela JohnsonAngela Johnson
#4, Senior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bell Rock
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Well, I know the worst is my Barbie car that only went in reverse.
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Christmas will never ever leave my house.
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Definitely through my window.  I used to look into that darn sky every Christmas Eve looking for Santa and for some reason my mom always made me to go to bed.  If he needed to get in, I’d be ready.
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  Five diamond rings
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial? The Coca-Cola commercials with the Santas
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  REAL
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? The Rockettes Christmas Show
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  The day after Thanksgiving and after New Years
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! It is a time to spend time with your family in your warm house and never taking off your sweats.  It is a time to reunite with old friends and keep up with your new ones.   It is a time to buy presents that you want to give to the receiver as soon as you buy them.  Then, receive presents that you rip into the second they are in your hands.  But, most importantly, it is a time to run, workout, hit and throw so that you can be ready for the 2004 season.  I mean...we are playing the OLYMPIC team soon!  That is after you eat leftovers and watch movies enough to wear the guilt really sets in.  I’m kidding...totally kidding...

Headshot Jackie McClainJackie McClain
#13, Senior, INF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  All of them have been GREAT!!
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Somewhere where there would be a “White Christmas”
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Through the back door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial? The M&M and Santa Claus commercial where they say “They do exist!” and “He does exist!”
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Plastic
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Charlie Brown Christmas
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  After Thanksgiving and before New Year’s
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Jesus being born; spending time with your family.

Headshot Erin WrightErin Wright
#16, Senior, P

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My first Lisa Fernandez bat
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  California
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  He comes in through the basement and up the stairs
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  A parrot in a palmtree,  two snapping turtles, 3 German Shepards, 4 calling cards, 5 lord of the rings, 6 bags of lays, 7 swine a snorting, 8 maids a cleaning, 9's leah number, 10' capper's number, 11's jen wright's number, 12 we don't have one
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  The coca-cola commercial with the polar bears
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  REAL
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Macy’s Christmas Day parade
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Up December 1, down ??
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Family

JUNIORS

Headshot Ashley CourtneyAshley Courtney
#20, Junior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Any song that my sister Charise sings, her voice is amazing.
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  A plane ticket home!!
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Someplace warm, like Florida or maybe Hawaii.
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Hopefully somebody left the door open.
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial? The Coca-Cola bears.
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real have the right effect, they fit the moment.
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Frosty the Snowman
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Go up the day after Thanksgiving and go down a couple days after Christmas.
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but to me it is more of a time to spend with my family and loved ones.  I soak it up.

Headshot Emily CurrieEmily Currie
#5, Junior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Poppels tent, blanket and pillow set
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Smokey Mountain Christmas
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Magic
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  --
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial? The Budweiser ones with the Clydesdale horses
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Frosty the Snowman
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Thanksgiving and after New Years
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Family, friends, football and good music

Headshot Deasy PhillipsDeasy Phillips
#7, Junior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bells
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My dog Astro
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  I would go to Paris
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Any, I love them all.
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  He sneaks through the window.
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  Golden rings, French hens. Turtle dove, partridge in a pear tree, ladies dancing, (I don’t even know the whole song)
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  The coke commercial with the polar bears
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  All, I love anything with Christmas.
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Go up after Thanksgiving and come down January 1st
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  It’s quality time with my family and seeing everyone happy to be with each other.

Headshot Capper ReedCapper Reed
#10, Junior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  The Christmas Song
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Being able to celebrate Christmas with my family
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Home
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Christmas Vacation
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Not sure...we have a chimney
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 French hen, 2 turtle dove, and a partridge in a pear tree
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  --
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  REAL
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Rudolph
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Two weeks before Christmas and come down the day after
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Celebrating the birth of Christ, giving and being with family

Headshot Leah WhiteLeah White
#9, Junior, Infield

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bells
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My camera
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  My house in Atlanta, there’s no place like home.
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story or Miracle on 34th Street
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  He is magic, so he just goes through the roof.
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  Partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three french hens, four calling birds, five golden rings, six geese a laying, seven swans a swimming, eight maids a milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a leaping, eleven pipers piping, twelve drummers drumming
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  The M&M commercials
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  The Mickey Mouse (Disney) Christmas cartoons
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Go up the weekend after Thanksgiving; come down after Christmas and before New Year
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  The birth of Jesus Christ and being with family (loved ones)

Headshot Jackie WilkinsJackie Wilkins
#21, Junior, OF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Up on the housetop
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My car
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Somewhere in the mountains where it’s snowing
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Knock at the door?
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  partridge in a pear tree,  5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves,  8 maids a milkin, 7 swans a swimmin, 6 geese a layin,  9 drummers drumin
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  Hallmark ones
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  Frosty the Snowman
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  After Thanksgiving...and whenever my mom takes them down
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Family, friends and giving

Headshot Jennifer WrightJennifer Wright
#11, Junior, Pitcher

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bells
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Pearls
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Nashville
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  The Grinch who Stole Christmas
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Through my parents’ bedroom
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  --
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  --
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  --
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Up on Thanksgiving weekend and down on Christmas afternoon
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  A time for my family to be together with my sister and I’m not having to participate in our sports with games or practice...a real vacation.

SOPHOMORES

Headshot Stephanie Van BrakleStephanie VanBrakle
#24, Sophomore, Pitcher/DP

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My Teddybear!!  His name is Mr. Teddybear Man and I still sleep with him till this day!!
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Bahamas
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Through the front door, he knows how to pick locks
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  A Partridge in a Pear Tree, Two Turtle Doves, Three French Hens, Four Calling Birds, 5 GOLDEN RINGS, Six Geese a Laying, Seven Swans a Swimming, Eight Maids a Milkin, Nine Ladies Dancing, Ten Tigers Falling, Eleven  ALABAMA SOFTBALL GIRLS WALKIN, Twelve Slumber Parties
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  They have Christmas commercials??
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  Charlie Brown’s Christmas
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  They should go up the weekend after Thanksgiving and come down after New Years
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  It means a time for family, friends and loved ones.  Where everybody comes together to share memories and laughs and enjoy life.

Headshot Dominique AccetturoDominique Accetturo
#17, Sophomore, INF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bells
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Jet skis
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Go to Time Square for Christmas Eve then somehow wake up in my house.
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  The front door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  --
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  --
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Those little clay cartoons that tell all the stories of Christmas.
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Right after Thanksgiving and a few days after New Years.
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Spending time with the people I love and care about.

Headshot Staci RamseyStaci Ramsey
#19, Sophomore, INF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  All I Want for Christmas
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My bike
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Hawaii
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  White Christmas
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Magic
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  I should know but I have no idea
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial? The Coke commercials
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? I don’t have one
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Thanksgiving and then just before New Years Day
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Fun with family and friends as well as really good surprises.

FRESHMEN

Headshot Mandy BurfordMandy Burford
#3, Freshman, UT

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Jingle Bells
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  A three-story Barbie doll dream house.
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Home
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Miracle on 34th Street (the new version)
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  The front door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  A partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, golden rings, french hens
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  It’s a Christmas time decision.
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Up-Thanksgiving and down-day after Christmas
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  The birth of Jesus

Headshot Kellie DeskaKellie Deska
#22, Freshman, Catcher

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Walking in a Winter Wonderland and I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My cell phone
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Home sweet home
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  The Santa Clause or A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Through the door I guess
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a leaping, 9 ladies dancing, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  Either the M&M Christmas ones, the Hershey Kisses Jingling Bells, or the CocaCola Santa one
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Plastic, the real ones are too messy
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  Frosty the Snowman
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Go up the day after Thanksgiving and go down a couple days after Christmas
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Well, ultimately, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but it’s a time to spend with family and friends and the season of giving.

Headshot Michelle MenningmannMichelle Menningmann
#14, Freshman, INF

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays-N’Sync
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  Basketball hoop
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  North Carolina
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Santa Clause
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Back door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  --
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  --
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show?  --
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  End of November and January
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Celebrate Christ and time with the family

COACHES

Headshot Patrick MurphyPatrick Murphy
Head Coach

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Joy to the World
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  A boombox in eighth grade
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Hawaii
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  The Elf
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Front door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  Partridge in a pear tree, 12 geese a laying, seven swans a singing, six ducks, five golden pears, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves?
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  The old coca-cola one with the people singing, holding candles and formed in the shape of a Christmas tree
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Plastic
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Day after Thanksgiving and the day after Christmas
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Time to spend with family and friends

Headshot Alyson HabetzAlyson Habetz
Assistant Coach

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Mary Did you Know?
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  A really big magic set with I was 11 years old.
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  Rome, Italy
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Elf
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Through the big doggy door
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  Partridge in a pear tree, 2 turtle doves, 3 french hens, 4 calling birds, 5 golden rings, 6 geese a-laying, 7 swans a-swimming, 8 maids a-milking, 9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leaping, 11 pipers piping, 12 drummers drumming.
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  --
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  Real
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Miracle on 42nd Street
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Go up the day after Thanksgiving and come down any time after New Years.
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  A time of preparation for Jesus’ coming and a special time to spend with family and friends.

Headshot Vann StuedemanVann Stuedeman
Assistant Coach

  1. What’s your favorite Christmas song?  Brenda Lee “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”
  2. What’s the best Christmas gift you’ve received?  My parents make every Christmas a fairytale...I have received so many wonderful things, I couldn’t name just one.
  3. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world w/your family where would you go?  New York City
  4. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  A Christmas Story
  5. If a house doesn’t have a chimney, how does Santa get inside?  Thank goodness for chimneys!!
  6. Without looking up the words, what 12 gifts are given in “The 12 Days of Christmas”?  A partridge in a pear tree...uuummm yeah...right!!
  7. What’s your favorite Christmas commercial?  The coca-cola commercial with Santa Claus
  8. Christmas trees: Plastic or real?  REAL
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas show? Rudolph
  10. When should Christmas decorations go up and come down?  Up the day after Thanksgiving and down January 1
  11. What does Christmas mean to you?  Family, friends, fellowship and food