December 6, 2008
Twenty questions for an evening when I have a good idea for a soul-searching, self-revealing, thoughtful post but not the focus to put it together. (We saw Lynn’s tree this afternoon, went to a university basketball game, and then took Lynn and her boyfriend out to dinner. A sudden snowstorm with icy rain meant it took an extra hour to get home.)
1. Candy cane or peppermint patties? — I have to choose??
2. Sugar or gingerbread cookies? — Gingerbread.
3. Tinsel or beaded strands? — I would love real tinsel (to go on our artificial tree), but Ron put the kibosh on that (because it’s too hard to get off). So we use rigid aluminum twists that loop over the branch like a shepherd’s crook and are supposed to catch and reflect the light. They don’t.
4. Multi-colored or same-colored lights? — White miniature lights only.
5. Flashing or still lights? — Still
6. Wreaths or mistletoe/holly? — Holly wreaths
7. Rudolph or Frosty? — Rudolph
8. Sledding or snowball fights? — Sledding
9. Snow or ice/icicles? — Snow
10. Snow hat or earmuffs? — Hat
11. Getting or giving? — Giving
12. Snow days or plow trucks? — Now that I’m out of the classroom, definitely fast and efficient plowing.
13. Stockings or presents? — Presents
14. Cookies & milk or letter to Santa? — I think we did cookies and milk one year. We didn’t much do Santa, not for Lynn, and not when I was growing up.
15. Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? — Definitely Christmas Eve.
16. Log Burning Channel or real thing? — We have a real fireplace, very formal, which seemed like a good idea when the house was built (your living room was one quarter furnished even if you didn’t own a couch yet). I can’t remember the last time we had a fire there. Definitely before Lynn was born. I can’t stand the television on if there isn’t a specific program to watch. This is a Bah! Humbug! question.
17. Cards or emails? — Either, as long as I hear from you.
18. Shoveling or cleaning off the car? — Cleaning off the car.
19. The Inn’s manger or the animals? — Animals.
20. Mary & Joseph or The Wise Men? — The Wise Men. Definitely my favorite Christmas symbol. They stand for adventure, following a star, and for change, by going home another way. I keep a set of Wise Men figurines on my desk all year.
Soul-searching and self-revelation tomorrow.
A year ago, I was concerned about a homeless man who had taken up residence at the Fifth Street exit of I-90 in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Two years ago, I attended the choral concert at Lynn’s former high school.
Three years ago, I still hadn’t started Holidailies.
Four years ago, I was similarly silent. Wow, I thought I wrote every single day!
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