Groan. It is Christmas night. I have completely - and rightly - ignored my blog for days. Christmas Day is winding down, and I thought I would type up a few observations for you. (Well, not just for you, but also to keep me distracted and out of the kitchen.)
1) It was a lovely Sabbath day. I love it when Christmas falls on the Sabbath, and I wish it could happen every year. Our Sacrament meeting was wonderful, filled with great music and two great talks - short and appropriate. I loved seeing all the families made complete with kids returning home to the nest for the weekend.
2) Choirs are nice. But if I have my choice, I would rather sing as a congregation than listen to a choir - even in General Conference. (heresy!) The participation through music is a big part of my worship. The solution for me? Sing in the Ward Choir. Loved it today.
3) Ending the Christmas Eve festivities with sacred carols and a reading of Luke 2 brings it all together.
4) I'm glad my kids are getting old enough to pick our nice presents and pay for them with their own money. Especially the second part.
5) I'm also glad that as my kids get older, they get wiser. For example: Here is a shot of the cookie plate they left for Santa last night: Cookies, fudge and a can of late night survival.
6) The coldest, longest night of my life was one Christmas eve when I was stranded in Antarctica. Not really. My brother and I assembled a basketball standard for my kids in the middle of the night in my driveway. I couldn't feel my fingers for weeks.
7) I enjoy Christmas Day and the week after Christmas much more than the week leading up to Christmas. It bothers my EC immensely, but I still see the Christmas "prep" as a chore that needs "done".
8) Perhaps it's the state of the nation or the economy, but it seems that things were a little more "bah-humbuggier" than usual in our area. far fewer houses were lit, we received fewer Christmas cards, and fewer treats. On second thought, maybe people are just getting tired of us - not Christmas.
9) Spiral-cut hams are not as good as uncut hams. It think the pre-slicing dries them out. I much prefer to slice it myself. Yes, I know it is my opinion, but if you could have tasted the ham I made today, you would have been impressed.
10) Does anyone find it odd that many of us eat ham on both Christmas and Easter? Is it a Christianity "cheap shot" at the Jews? I think we get the point. Besides, a kosher Christmas seems really weird.
11) I was happy to NOT watch the NBA at all today. It might take some time for me to ease back into that relationship.
12) That's enough. Pumpkin roll and ham sandwiches are calling me.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!