Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Christmas Random Dozen

I'm not really feeling terribly "inspired" today... So let's have a little fun, instead!
Please join us at Linda's for a Christmasy Random Dozen. 1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss. Hmmm... I enjoy a bite or two throughout the holiday season... But mostly, I am against. Unless - it's the flavoring in my latte!

2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family? It's nice to live close to family... But it's also entirely possible to be close and live far away... Does that make sense? Life takes us on many journeys... But it's nice to know you can always come home.

3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed? Anybody who knows me, knows I would be best friends with Buddy Elf. Ha ha ha. (The mounds of cookies in my house right now would go perfectly with some maple syrup!)

4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life? Miracle on 34th Street - the original, black and white version. I think whole-heartedly believing can bring magic to your life! (And I loved the twinkle in Kris Kringle's eye!)

5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you're enjoying now? Any that you're tired of? Oh... I love Christmas music in general. I start listening the weekend before Thanksgiving - and keep going til New Years! I just re-discovered my old Kenny Rogers CD... I LOVE his version of "Mary Did You Know?" And I love my Peter, Paul, and Mary Holiday CD... I don't like a lot of the stuff they play on the radio stations - WHAM and other '80s recordings. They're dull and repetitive...

6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime? We donate food and money to Neighbor's, Inc - our local outreach center; we just did the Walk to End Hunger and raised about $900 to donate, and we give some donations in people's names as gifts.

7. Does it upset you to see "Xmas" instead of Christmas? How about "Happy Holidays" etc., instead of "Merry Christmas?" I have no problem with either. It's all about intent... "Xmas" doesn't bother me at all - in fact, I've been known to use it. And "Happy Holidays" is just more inclusive language - celebrating all faiths. I'm all for it!

8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month? Well... I'll say three. My sister's Madrigal Dinner; the church's adult choir performance; and this week is the church's children's performance.

9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality? I don't think I'll have to dream! It's here - and I believe it's staying!

. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice. Here's a funny story I always remember when I put gifts under the tree - a little close to the fireplace... When we lived in Ohio, I was maybe 7 years old? We always had a fire in the fireplace on Christmas Eve, and we always put the Christmas tree right by it. There was one present... Situated awfully close to the fireplace - and when I opened it, it was one of those cool crayon carousels LOADED with new crayons! And they were all MELTING!!! Ha ha ha. We had to put it out on the front porch so the crayons could harden up again. So funny.

. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month? One party, and a few dinners with friends, then Christmas Eve with my family, and another day with the hubby's family. Mostly low-key - just the way we like it!

12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas? Working at a church helps! It's my job to help others stay focused... So it's hard to forget! I do have readings I do everyday... and I'm at church every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday!

Things I am thankful for today:

1. Warm clothes!
2. Flat-rate shipping boxes (to get presents to Alaska!).
3. Lunch with some church ladies today (at the Pool and Yacht Club - ooo la la!).
4. Caroling tonight... Fun but cold!
5. Open Sanctuary - a place to feel at peace during the busy-ness of the season.
6. Peter Mayer's Christmas CD - Midwinter.
7. Looking forward to a day off tomorrow!
8. My sisters.
9. Still no TV in the mornings - I'm doing good!
10. Point Beer in the fridge... Ahhh... The college memories....

1 comment:

Andrea, the collector said...

I love hearing about your Christmas. I love Buddy too. I watched that on a night it was just me and cried and cried happy tears. Love your crayon story. So funny!

Merry, Merry Christmas Meg!

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