Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday Five: Grumpy Holiday Edition

I’m not a member of the Revgals, but this meme caught my attention:

Parishioners pushing for carols before you digested your turkey?
Organist refusing to play Advent hymns because he/she already has them planned for Lessons & Carols?

Find yourself reading Luke and thinking of a variety of ways to tell Linus where to stic
k it? (Lights please.)
Then this quick and easy Friday Five is for you! And for those of you with a more positive attitude, have no fear. I am sure more sacred and reverent Friday Fives will follow.

Please tell us your least favorite/most annoying seasonal....

1) dessert/cookie/family food

Least favorite: fruit cake and other breads with the hard little “fruits.”

Favorite: Cookies, any kind without nuts. Yummy! Especially if they have almond flavoring.

Christmas morning: Grapefruit with special sweet rolls.

How about taco salad on Christmas eve? It is an easy, colorful supper to have half prepared before attending church.

2) beverage (seasonal beer, eggnog w/ way too much egg and not enough nog, etc...)

I don’t drink enough to have developed a favorite, although I like white wine anytime. Eggnog even looks bad to me.

Warm spiced cider is always comforting, especially when coming in from the cold.

3) tradition (church, family, other)

Biggest pet peeve: The common question asked in early December, "Are you ready for Christmas?" Well, yes, I am ready for Jesus. No, I haven't started any of the shopping, decorating, or cooking.

Dislike: being too too busy in December, so that we don’t even have anyone over before Christmas.

I love attending church together on Christmas Eve. Singing hymns on Christmas Eve.

I love the sun pouring in the windows on Christmas morning as we gather with the family around the tree.

I like having only a few presents/person, but savoring opening them and sharing meaning rather than “things.”

4) decoration

Don’t like: early decorating, I like to get at the decorating slowly, then savor it until at least Ephipany.

Wanting to buy some new decorations but seeing how commercialized Christmas is in the stores.

I like: A real tree we cut ourselves from the woods, a Charlie Brown tree on which you can really “hang” the ornaments so that they show. Remembering who gave me some of the ornaments.

Looking at the Christmas tree without my glasses on! Hey, when you are this near sighted, you take your jollies where you can find them!

5) gift (received or given) I’m happier with a simple gift that shows a connection between the giver and me than with something that costs a lot.

BONUS: SONG/CD that makes you want to tell the elves where to stick it.

I don’t listen to commercial radio during the Christmas season if I can help it.


  1. I like the balance on your list. I don't like listening to stations that have Christmas music either, but it's even in the grocery store!

    We don't have our decorations up yet.

  2. I'm catching up with blogs, and just read this. I had to laugh, looking at your Christmas lights picture. I used to be EXTREMELY nearsighted prior to cataract surgery and lens implants. (I rejoiced to have "normal" glasses and to throw the coke bottle bottom ones out.) But I actually have thought about how I used to take my glasses off and gaze at the transformed tree, complete with great, large blobs of light.

    LOL! Thanks! I needed that. Now I'm going to continue reading about your Uganda experience.


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