1. Many families have a story they love to tell every year around a holiday. Does your family have one? Are you the star of that story, or does another family member take center stage? Share your story if you want.
The first story that came to mind actually occurred about 1964, when I was 14... my dad had just become a manager for an Insurance Co. and he decided that as was the previous manner, he must host a company party at our home on Christmas Eve. I wasn't a bit happy... Momma and I had worked hard to get all this party food ready and because the employees were mainly young thirty somethings we planned to have some family and close friends in early and the company party started about 7:30 or 8. it must have been BYOB or something.. I just remember retiring to my bed room, rading the Bible Story, praying and crying because there was a fair amount of drinking and uproarious celebrating going on.... something that wasnt at all what Christmas Eve was supposed to be. No one got to bed that night before the wee hours... and when we did get up the house had the acrid smell of tobacco and stale beer.... I was not a happy young teen... but noone had time to discuss anything because we had plans to be at Bonny Lynn's gorgeous home for a lovely Christmas morning breakfast by 7am... divinely set out... the food was delicious and beautiful. Unfortuantely, we couldnt enjoy a leisurely repast and genteel discourse,, but had to get up and run because grandma expected everyone for dinner at 12 on the dot and that was a good 2 hour drive. The whole family on mom's side was in attendance and all the kids were relegated to the basement tables while the 6 sisters and spouses along with the patriarchs dined in the dining room.. the meal was served in several courses, and everything as usual was perfectly prepared and scrumptious... but, alas, all too soon it was almost 3:30 and we had to be at Grannies by 4... off we flew our coat tails flying. .. to dad's mother who had spent all day cooking Christmas dinner over a wood stove... yet her dinner was sublime and she always had several cakes... all of which everyone had to have a slice of... I can tell you that by this time heart burn was sitting in on us and no matter how delicious the aroma that knocked us on our heels when we entered her home, we were, the three of us, feeling a bit woozy... but, of course, we had to pile our plates and eat it all or Granny would nag and nag... why we didnt want to eat her food. She was the sweetest kind of granny who stood over you with the food bowls desiring nothing more than to refill your plate. Around 8:00 we were looking at a 2 hour drive back home.... and I can tell you no one was looking forward to that long mountain road. I knew I was going to be sick and dad was, not exactly hung over from the night before but not feeling top o the morning... at all.... Momma wa s sullen and glum.... for she too ahd worked very hard to make Christmas special and she was feeling all of her hard work after the long hours on the job had come to nothing but heart ache and heart burn... No one had experienced any Christmas joy. It was a crazy Christmas.. and one we wanted to forget,, but alas, by the next year it was the one we all realized would be the one we'd tell and tell again .... mainly encouraging one and all not to ever get yourself in such a situation....but at least by then we could all laugh about it!
2. Are you afraid to speak your own opinion?
Absolutely not..... I found my bravada, I suppose it should be feminine since I am,,, well into my thirties... I actually prayed for boldness because I was so timid and I felt it was hindering me in my Christian walk. Now my husband is always trying to temper me... you know, how your spouse will gently kick you under the table or nudge you when he is afraid you may step on a toe or say something I may regret later... That is probably a good thing..It's not that I am trying to be rude... I do find that my temperment lately is not very politically correct...
3. Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2016, and for the first time have chosen two shades-rose quartz and serenity. Hmmm...did you know serenity was a color? You can read the thought behind their selection here, but essentially it's blending the warmth of rose quartz with the tranquility of a very soft shade of blue. So what do you think? Are these colors I'd find in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in these shades to either place in the new year?
Well, when I had my colors doneback in the 80's I was assessed as a summer.
so having done my comparison I feel that the 2 colors of the year are bit to Springy for me.... and I absolutely would not have them in my house.... I am just noticing that even though I havent really studied a summer color swatch in eons, my kitchen is very summery in the colors I chose! haha... Now my best friend, who is Spring personified would love them in every facet of her life.... and they are lovely... but just not for me...
4. If you could be in a Christmas carol, which one would you choose? Why?
Olde English, of course!
5. December 9th is National Pastry Day. Will you celebrate? When did you last purchase something from a bakery? What's your favorite treat that falls under the heading of pastry? Do you make it yourself or buy from the professionals?
6. When it comes to holiday decorating_more is more_
7. When did you last laugh so much it hurt? Explain.
This past weekend during all the wait times between performances...we do all enjoy our time together in worship, but, also in fellowship!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I think I'm done now.... have a blessed Wednesday!