where’s the real meaning of christmas?

several churches in atlanta are not holding services on christmas. in fact, many churches throughout the country are closing tomorrow. i’m have a problem with this, mainly because the entire reason for christmas is the celebrate jesus’ birth. and this would be where the church comes in. i understand it’s mainly the “megachurches” with several thousand members closing, but that doesn’t make it right. there are people who only go to church on christmas; what kind of an example is it to close the house of god on christmas? or any day of worship for that matter. whenever christmas is on a saturday, we go to church, and those are my favorite services. people have said how christmas is becoming more and more secular and commercialized and that we need to revert back to remembering the true reason; the closing of churches doesn’t help that. it’s like it’s condoning the secularizing of the holiday.

this column sums up my feelings much better than i can write them.

it’s funny…i heard about this right after joe told me he was pitching a story idea to the media of a professor who’s talking about how we need to get back to the real meaning of christmas. how ironic.

christmas memories

tomorrow night i have a date with abc family.

why, you might ask? “a very brady christmas” is on.

that movie has very special memories for me. i have a sister who is 10 years older than me. she’s always lived in north carolina, so when i was younger i’d only see her a couple times a year, but she always came during the holidays. she and her boyfriend, now her husband, would drive to maryland to stay with us for a few days. i’d give up my room to jim, and lisa and i would take the downstairs family room. every year we’d get in under the covers on the pull-out couch bed and watch “a very brady christmas” together. i can’t even rememeber how many years we had that tradition. it was so nice to spend quality time alone with my sister.

so now every year i watch “a very brady christmas” and think back to the christmases i shared it with my sister. maybe joe and i will spend christmas with them one year, and lisa and i will watch it together again.

holiday meme

holiday getting to know me!
stolen from jen
welcome to the 2005 holiday edition of getting to know your friends!

here we go!

1. egg nog or hot chocolate? hot chocolate. i hate eggs. or anything with the word egg in it for that matter. hehe.

2. does santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? puts them under the tree. the elves wrap them.

3. colored lights on tree/house or white? white. i don’t like colored lights as much.

4. do you hang mistletoe? no. would i if i had any? probably.

5. when do you put your decorations up? usually during the first couple weeks of december. we put up the tree last weekend, and i put up the decorations yesterday.

6. what is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? mashed potatoes.

7. favorite holiday memory as a child? i love the holidays every year, but the year my parents got me a car stands out.

8. when and how did you learn the truth about santa? my mom told me, but i don’t remember how old i was. then i got in trouble for telling my little brothers.

9. do you open a gift on christmas eve? we always open presents on christmas eve. it’s our tradition. we go to the christmas eve service at church, come home and eat chow mein for dinner (let me tell you, the parents and grandparents eat sloooow), my grandpa reads the christmas story and then we open presents. on christmas day we get our stockings. we still have stockings even though none of us live at home. that’s kind of cool.

10. what kind of cookies does santa get set out for him? when i was little it was chocolate chip cookies.

11. snow! love it or dread it? love it. i wish it snowed here in georgia.

12. can you ice skate? yes but i’m not that great at it. i’m pretty sucky at it actually.

13. do you remember your favorite gift? my first cd player, my car..those stand out to me. and of course the harry and david’s gift box my aunt and uncle send me. i love that store.

14. what’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? being with my family and having our traditions. i love it. it’s the best time of the year for me.

15. what is your favorite holiday dessert? apple pie. yum!

16. what is your favorite holiday tradition? the meal. we have the same thing at thanksgiving and christmas, and, as i told joe, it’s my favorite meal of the year: vegetarian turkey slices filled with stuffing and baked, mashed potatoes, corn, broccoli with cheese (which i don’t eat. heh), rolls, brussel sprouts for my dad, wild rice with vegetarian chicken. yum. i’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

another tradition is that i put the angel on top of my parents’ tree. i’ve done it every year since i was a child, and i did it friday night for them. it’s much harder getting up on that wobbly stool now though. heh. but i love that they still save it for me to do.

17. what tops your tree? i have a white star on the top of my tree. i love it.

18. which do you prefer giving or receiving? i obviously love getting gifts (who doesn’t!) but i love giving them more. i always want mine opened first because i just can’t wait to see my family’s reactions.

19. what is your favorite christmas carol? o holy night, oh come all ye faithful

20. candy canes! yuck or yum? i love the fruit flavored ones, hate the peppermint ones. 🙂

comment and let me know if you do this too!

oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree

oh how i love christmas. i love the music. i love the shopping. and i love picking out and decorating the christmas tree.

joe and i got our christmas tree sunday night. joe is jewish, so this was the first time he’d had a christmas tree. it was fun to be a part of his first christmas tree decorating experience. we had a lot of fun. he helped me decorate in between running boxes over from his old apartment. i just love my tree. all my ornaments are silver, white and blue, and i have clear lights. i think it looks so classy. 🙂 i’ll post a better picture of the whole tree later.

remember me?

okay, okay, so it hasn’t been *that* long since i’ve posted, but i’ve been having blogging withdrawals. guess that says a lot about my addiction, huh? not much going on in our world right now. i started my new job, and i love it. we had a fabulous weekend in atlanta, which i will post about once i get the pictures developed. my cats are still getting used to the idea that joe’s house is now their house. they keep waiting by the door like they’re ready to leave. haha. joke’s on them. and on dizzy who hides in the closet every so often for some peace and quiet.

i’m ready for thanksgiving. i love thanksgiving. i love the food (mmmmm…this must be why i need to diet. heh.). i love spending time with my family. joe’s leaving tomorrow to head up to his parents’ cabin, so i’ll have tomorrow night to myself. i’ll miss him, but it’ll be nice to have a me night (and to have a chance to completely turn his place into mine. haha). he’ll meet me at my parents’ house thursday night just in time for two hours of donald and his apprenticeses. woo hoo! let me tell you, that’s the highlight of his week. heh.

and now that i’m rambling about nothing in particular i think i’ll stop. bet you all wish i’d stayed in seclusion now, huh? 🙂

friday forum

i’ve joined up on friday forum, and i’m answering this week’s questions a little early, but that’s ok. this week’s theme is thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. if any of you want to do this too, post a comment so i can come read your answers!

1. what do you plan to do for thanksgiving? (are you cooking? staying at home? going to visit family?)
i am spending thanksgiving at my parents’ house. we have a late lunch every year with my brothers and my grandparents. it’s wonderful. i can’t wait to share it with joe.

2. what are some thanksgiving traditions that you have?
our only tradition is our traditional meal every year. we have the same thing, and it is wonderful. we have the same meal at christmas too. mmmm. i’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

3. what is your favorite thing about thanksgiving?
spending time with family. i don’t get to see my family much, and now that i’m moving even farther away i’ll see them even less. it’s nice to spend the time with them. and it’ll be nice to spend the holiday with joe’s family too when we start alternating.

4. do plan to start christmas shopping after thanksgiving or are you already finished?
i bought one present today, but most of it will be done after thanksgiving. i need to start thinking of ideas. my brothers and dad are always hard to shop for!

5. think about what you are blessed with and list them if you’d like.
wow. i’m blessed with so much. i have a wonderful boyfriend, a wonderful family, a good job, two crazy great cats, great friends and god. times have been tough, but i’ve never had to go without. that’s a blessing in itself.