It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee has come up with 12 more questions. This is her 15th Dozen. I just love her memes. They make me think!
1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss.
For — warm from the oven with whipped cream, please.
2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family?
For years I have lived very far from my family. The last time I went home I realized the elders are elderly and the “youngers” aren’t so young any more. We are in the processes of moving closer to home and I must say that it is much more important to me than I anticipated.
3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed?
You know, since I am pretty grounded in the difference between fantasy and reality, I never gave this much thought. I suppose, if I had to come up with an answer then I would say Clarence, from “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The world could use more compassionate angels.
4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life?
A Charlie Brown Christmas.
5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you’re enjoying now? Any that you’re tired of?
Not tired of anything.
6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime?
We don’t restrict our remembering those less fortunate to Christmas time, but I do make a point to drop money in the Salvation Army red buckets, donate to the food bank and provide something for Toys 4 Tots of a similar program.
7. Does it upset you to see “Xmas” instead of Christmas? How about “Happy Holidays” etc., instead of “Merry Christmas?”
I have enough friends of other faiths that I have no problem with Happy Holidays. Also, it takes less energy to write Happy Holidays than it does to write Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Xmas I do dislike — and I’ve heard the argument that the X is supposed to be the cross, but I just think the X is at best laziness and at worst has removed Christ from the holiday.
8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month?
LOL! Amoeba belongs to three different bands, they each have several Christmas gigs, plus the multitude put on by our own church — I can’t count them all but so far we’ve attended 7 and we have two this coming weekend.
9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality?
White is my least favorite weather color. I’m in Honolulu, Hawaii, so if it snows here you are certain to hear about it.
10. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice.
Preface: I lived with my Gram because my mother had died and my dad lived in a logging camp.
When I was nine there was a dress I wanted for Christmas. Gram said, no. My heart broke. It was a beautiful red velvet tube dress with white satin skirt and I wanted very much to wear it to the school program. The afternoon of the school program I came home from school to find a wrapped present from my father. Gram told me I could open it there and then. It was my dress! I was so excited I wanted to put it on immediately but of course Gram made me wait until after dinner and my bath.
I was wearing my dress and waiting by the door when a rig pulled up. It was my dad! I was doubly excited then. When I called and asked him to come to my program all he had said was “We’ll see.” When he came through the door I did a little pirouette and told him I loved my new dress. He said, “Yes, it’s very pretty” and I knew from his voice that he had never seen the dress before. He knew from my face that he’d said the wrong thing. He looked at Gram. She said, “I bought this dress with the Christmas money you sent.”
My dad looked horribly embarrassed and somehow I knew he hadn’t sent me any Christmas money either. Later I asked Gram about all the other presents I had received from my dad over the years. She assured me they were from him but to this day I am not certain that was true. I do know that was the last time I ever received a present from my father that he didn’t personally hand me.
11. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month?
So far I have been to three and two more are on our schedule.
12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas?
No Christmas Tree. No exchange of gifts. We will attend both Christmas Eve services (Amoeba is part of the music program and I am a reader in both services). Christmas Day we will enjoy a quiet day together and a nice meal. We will call our families and we will be thankful for our blessings.