Friday, November 30, 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like the Friday Five!

This week's Friday Five comes from Wills Mama. She says, " I know, I know.... pretty grumpy for November but why not get it out of our systems now so we are free to enjoy the rest of the festivities."

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

  1. dessert/cookie/family food: This would have to be any cookie that looks good, but tastes bad. Stale is bad. Hidden coconut is bad. Candied fruit is really bad. But the worst is something that should be a chocolate treat but turns out to be yucky tasting!

  2. beverage (seasonal beer, eggnog w/ way too much egg and not enough nog, etc...) Real eggnog is kind of nasty in my book. On the other hand, the store bought kind with a little something to warm it up- good. And if you can mix it up with some good vanilla ice cream and a little warming agent- real good.

  3. tradition (church, family, other) Sunday School Christmas Pageants when the kids are paraded around just for the Kodak moments. Or when the rehearsals involve middle aged women yelling at little kids who are BORED.

  4. decoration: Santa and the baby Jesus in the same venue. Santa does not belong in the manger scene. Jesus should stay out of the sleigh.

  5. gift (received or given) How could you have a least favorite gift? I sometimes wish they hadn't invented gift cards. I know that Soda Chicky likes the shopping part, but it means that the gift giver doesn't have to use their imagination. I like the creative part of gift giving. I love when the gift I've received reflects thought and care.
  6. BONUS: SONG/CD that makes you want to tell the elves where to stick it: I really think that Santa should stop running over the reindeer. Also, I want sacred music to stay away from commercial products.

Oops! Grandma got run over by a reindeer! Thanks for helping me see the error of my ways, Songbird. As you will read in the comment below, I have Santa issues.

So that's my list. That wasn't too grumpy, was it?


Diane said...

I know about gift cards. I have mixed feeligs about them. If the gift card is to a unique place you know the person really likes, I feel a little better about it.

And I have kind of liked the gift cards I have gotten to fancy restaurants by a certain couple in our congregation.

PS. I mean REALLY fancy restaurants.

will smama said...

oh my gosh, your crummy Christmas cookie expose was RIGHT ON! People make all of this fancy stuff that looks great - BUT TASTES LIKE CRAP! And then you have half of nasty left in your hand and you can't go in for another one.

Thanks for playing!

Songbird said...

I thought it was grandma who got run over BY the reindeer? But either way, I don't like it.

Mary Beth said...

Me, I adore gift cards. It's a little guiltless shopping opp!

RevHRod said...

Songbird- you are right. It is Grandma that got run over. I think it might have been a Freudian slip. I'd really kind of like Santa to get run over as well. I have nothing against, St. Nicholas of Myra, but Santa gets way too much attention.

Hedwyg said...

I have become increasingly fond of no-rehearsal Christmas pageants. And it's also very important to me that every child get a speaking part, not just adorableness as a wee lamb.

Good play!

chartreuseova said...

It was Christmas pageant rehearsals during Sunday School that led my little one to refuse to go to Sunday School (we didn't force her because she was right)...after we finally changed churches for other reasons, she's been attending regularly.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

WOW have you been at our christmas program/worship/pageant rehearsals before??? musta.

they like the pastor to 'make an appearance'... i interpret that to mean 'make a BRIEF appearance' and i do... make it brief!