Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Answers to This Week's Dozen

1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss.

Definitely for, if we're talking baking/decorating. Eating? That's a bit iffy. Go light on the nutmeg, and I'm OK.

2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family?

It is more important now than ever. My parents (thanks for helping me celebrate yesterday, by the way) are elderly, and my kids go to a nearby university. I love my girlfriends and my job ... why would I want to move? (Ask me again in slushy March when I'm longing to live on Anna Maria Island, FL).

3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed?

Prancer, from the movie. And then Frosty.

4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life?

"It's a Wonderful Life." Every clinically depressed, suicidal person should have to watch this as part of therapy.

5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you're enjoying now? Any that you're tired of?

Here's the thing. I love Christmas music. I'm the one who wants to listen in October but waits until Thanksgiving, only to be chastised by Thanksgiving purists. However, this year, it is not working for me. I get so frustrated at all the radio stations playing all Christmas, all the time 3 weeks early. I'm feeling a little bit like "Groundhog Day" every time I hear the opening chords in some. There are some new ones I've found on AOL Christmas music, though, that I'm enjoying. And for some reason, this year I like Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." I'm REALLY tired of "Grown Up Christmas List."

6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime?

I like the organizations that allow you to purchase livestock for families in developing countries that will help sustain those families. I like to give chickens. Anyone who knows me knows that secretly I would like to receive chickens, as well.

7. Does it upset you to see "Xmas" instead of Christmas? How about "Happy Holidays" etc., instead of "Merry Christmas?"

If there were some law passed which prohibited my use of "Merry Christmas," I would be all upset. As it is, it just doesn't bother me like it does a lot of people. I feel like "Xmas" is just shorthand. People don't usually literally greet each other with "Xmas wishes!!!" anyway. And sometimes you just say "Merry Christmas" so much that you like an alternative just for variety's sake. I see nothing wrong with "Happy Holidays." "Winter Solstice" is so lame that it's funny.

8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month?

It was going to be three, but it has been merely two. I'm keenly aware, as I have only one child left in school, that these Christmas programs are limited in number. When your kids are little, it seems as though they will never end. So I kid about how looooong each program is, but my girl knows I cherish every minute of it.

9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality?

In East Central Indiana, there is a good chance. I'm not dreaming of it this year, however, which is a sure sign of oldness.

10. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice.

Loved my Baby First Steps and Baby First Skate. Here is a pic of me with "Skate." Notice how clean the bottoms of my footie pajamas are: a testament to my mother's cleaning routine, a variation on the injunction to "Pray without ceasing" as in: "Clean without ceasing."

11. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month?

About four or five. Two pound weight gain for each party, I'm sure.

12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas?

I'm struggling a little bit, to be honest. But I am so looking forward to the Christmas Eve service, which I usually never get to attend. This year will probably be different, so I'm happy about that.

TOMORROW: Come back to read one of my favorite things I've written in a while: The Six Saddest Songs of Christmas.


Susanne said...

I take nutmeg in small doses too. In anything not just gingerbread.

I like your answer to #6. We've supported those a few times too. Talk about a lasting gift for a family.

I don't know a whole lot of "trendy" newer Christmas carols. I must tune them out or something.

Quilldancer said...

You just reminded me of the Christmas my cousin received Baby First Skate!
Baby was skating across the floor and the dog went nuts and knocked her over. Her head rolled across the kitchen and down the back steps. My cousin screamed like a real murder had taken place and I was sent to the car for laughing.

Good memories. I have to call Patty and see if she remembers!

Mrs. E said...

I'm with you on the Merry Christmas Happy Holiday controversy. I feel like I've been getting preached at this year.

And.... "It's a Wonderful Life" is my all-time favorite movie. I would never have seen it if a student had suggested it on my very 1st day of teaching. 32 years later-- best thing I ever learned from a student. (Well, besides don't let them act out the assassination of Caesar when everybody hates the kid playing Caesar!)

Love Blossoms said...

Linda, love your answers. I was struggling, too, this year. But then I decided to write about where some Christmas traditions got their start (mostly for AJ) and it led me into a deeper study of why we need to be redeemed and how God accomplished it. It has blessed me so much and even the old carols have fresh meaning for me.

Also, I got on youtube and made a play list of 100 Christmas songs that I had not heard before. Most of them are new or newly redone. It has really helped me. If you want to you can see my play list at jbfarber on youtube.

I would love to get my little book published. I am calling it, "For big kids only. All your Christmas Questions Answered" For now it will just be a home made gift for family.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Go check your facebook!

Bluuuck, Bluuuuck, bluuuuuck (that's blog for chicken clucking)


Joyce said...

I'm with you on the music this year...what is up with the 24/7 playing of Elvis singing Blue Christmas? I don't remember hearing it all the time any other year.

I missed this week...went to a taping of The Martha Stewart show was loads of fun!

Have a great day...I'm eating Christmas cookies today. I mean baking. : )

Mocha with Linda said...

I always love your answers. And I can't wait to come back and be uplifted tomorrow!

Greg C said...

I just hope the theme from A Charley Brown Christmas is at the top of your list.

I gave this a lot of thought and I know why I don't like "that" movie. Its because so many people go through that same thing in life. They struggle and sturggle hoping for that happy ending but for many it never comes. There I said it, now you can hate me.

H-Mama said...

Great answers and meme! ;)

SouthLakesMom said...

"I like to give chickens" reminds me of the Swedish Chef on the Muppets...ha ha ha ha ha

Love your answers, love your meme. Merry Christmas!

Betty said...

Awe, you were adorable and this picture reminded me of a present I had loooong forgotten. I received a big baby doll, that you could hold on one hand and she would walk with you. It was a really special present and I know I have a pic of it too. Thanks for the special memories! :)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Shall I send you a chicken or two? What a riot, Lid. Too funny.

Love your picture with the doll. You were very cute and still lovin' your header picture (not that you're not still cute).

I remember being thrilled with the baby doll that pooped and peed after feeding it. Also, loved the stove thingy with the real ingredients to make brownies.

Melli said...

Ohhhh... I had a Baby First Steps! I don't remember if I got her for Christmas or my birthday... it was one of those, that's for sure!

I don't know if I've ever heard "Grown Up Christmas List" - is that the NAME of a song? Or are you just talking about the grown-up songs in general? (it's okay... I'm dumb...)

I look forward to your list tomorrow. The only one I have heard or been able to think of since last week is the one about the little boy who wants to buy the shoes for his mom. THAT one really is sad...

Kim said...

My sister had the Skate doll and loved that thing.

The Christmas Eve service at my home church was always my favorite and I'm sad to be missing it a second time now. It's a very quiet, thoughtful candlelight service. Maybe we'll get to attend in 2011!

I've assembled all the ingredients for buckeyes. I think tomorrow or Saturday I'll plunge in and make them, so we have them to take to Sta. Rosa with us next week. Yum!

noexcuses said...

Great answers, Linda! I had fun doing mine, but I probably forgot to link back to you. Sorry.

I had my very first Buckeye today! OM - It was like butter going down my throat!

Thanks for all the fun I've had with Random Dozen!

liz from noexcuses

2cats said...

Such a cute picture. Your mom really did keep the floor clean. Is she available to do mine? I would pay for travel.
I am like you, in that I want Christmas music in October. Actually I sometimes pull the cd's out in July just for me. I try not to listen to the radio because I don't like the banter of the dj's. I should put an Ipod on my list. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

I had not heard of giving livestock. How neat that someone thought that up and made a way to do it!

I had always chafed a little bit at the Christmas programs and recitals -- enjoyed them, but there was so much on the schedule already. But we didn't attend any school-related ones this year because my youngest and only child still in school wasn't taking chorus or piano this year...and I kind of miss them. Not enough to go and watch other people's children. :-) We do have a couple of special Christmas church programs, though, and that helps.