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Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday Five-Playful Christmas

I have debated with myself for weeks about today's Friday Five.

Self 1: It should be deep and theological.
Self 2: But it's almost Christmas, it should be fun and warm and sweet.
Self 1: But your last Friday Five was sort of silly. You should show your more serious side.
Self 2: You worry WAY too much!
So after consulting with my fourteen year old daughter, we're going playful, pals o' mine! I love stories, so I hope you'll tell some about your favorite Christmas memories.

What was one of your favorite childhood gifts that you gave?
-I remember few specific gifts that I gave except that I always gave them. I usually made them or bought them at the "five and dime" which wasn't five and ten cents even then. I often gave my Aunt Julie earrings that had interchangeable buttons of colors, so that may be my favorite. I probably didn't register that once was enough.

What is one of your favorite Christmas recipes? Bonus points if you share the recipe with us.
My mother's Christmas cookies that I have a cookbook full of recipes, but never make. I can't seem to find the cookbook right now, so I may add a recipe later today.

What is a tradition that your family can't do without? (And by family, I mean family of origin, family of adulthood, or that bunch of cool people that just feel like family.)
OK, Here's what the NY Jewish folk do. I'm Catholic, but my Beloved is Jewish and sometimes we have done this. You can too if you have already had too much Christmas and want a break;
Eat chinese food and see a movie. All the best chinese restaurants are full of Jewish
folk and you can see the new movies before anyone else!

Pastors and other church folk often have very strange traditions dictated by the "work" of the holidays. What happens at your place?

If you could just ditch all the traditions and do something unexpected... what would it be?
Speed up my recovery and go to a nice warm island with sand, sun and water!

Merry Christmas to all and to all well-factoid ...The Night Before Christmas was written across the street from me in what is now the General Theological Seminary.


Cathy said...

I really chuckled at the #1 question where you answered "I probably didn't register that once was enough" -- I think I have repeated gifts also!

karlajean said...

We did chinese food one Christmas too. It was packed out there in Greensboro, NC!!!! Also, is that little french creperie still in business across from General...I loved their cafe au laits and lemon crepes...mmmmm.
Take care, and speedy recovery...

chartreuseova said...

Just last week I noted the sign on the door of our favorite Chinese restaurant saying "Open All Day Christmas"...I looked at hubby and said, "Ummm, whatya think?" We'll probably opt for a low-key dinner at home with just a special main dish, but it is nice to know we have another option.

Auntie Knickers said...

That's what my son & daughter-in-law will be doing this Christmas Eve, having been ditched by sister and aunt yet again; their best friends are Jewish so that's their tradition too, even in the Midwest.

mompriest said...

I think Chinese food and a movie are great options to Christmas celebrations....but thus far it is not an option for me....

karlajean said...

I was at Union from 97-00. Took a couple classes at GTS...and of course, found every coffee place in the city. My favorite is the one by GTS, and then one near Christopher Street called Mona Lisa...and then the Italian place near Columbus Ave and 73 or so called La Fortuna. Lola's was nice, too--near 80-something, between Broadway and Columbus....hmmm maybe time for a trip back.....