Friday, December 03, 2010

Friday Five: December Survival Guide Edition

kathrynzj says: "Whether a RevGal or a Pal most of us in this cyber community have enhanced responsibilities during this time of year. We also have traditions - religious and secular - that mark the season for us in a more personal way."

For this Friday Five please let us know five of the things that mark the season for you.
  1. Light.  Whether sparkling on trees, lighting the dark winter night or glowing from our candles in the sanctuary as we sing Silent Night, it's all about the light.
  2. Music.  From the glorious and sublime (think Handel's Messiah done well) to the sappy and sentimental (the Charlie Brown kids caroling),'s all Christmas
  3. Music...subpart 1a...Lessons and Carols.  Very special and sacred part of the Christmas tradition at our little church.  Bittersweet this year for more than one reason. Likely a blog post to come.
  4. Must. Surprise. Someone.  There has to be something, somehow every year that has that element.  Some gift, some activity, something I can pull off that has an element of surprise and hopefully joy and whimsy
  5. Feeding people. Whether it's a meal or cookies at home, or helping my Presbyterian friends with the Christmas dinner, it's just not right unless someone gets fed!
And the bonus? Tell us one thing that does absolutely nothing for you.
That would have to be the GIANT tasteless conglomerations of decorations people put together that light up the countryside for miles, don't go together in any meaningful way and seem to just exist to be bigger than the next guys.


Nik said...

Yay, I like the element of surprise :)

Jan said...

That element of surprise is something I'm not good at, but would like to participate in more. Feeding others is important.

Purple said...

Add me to the surprise list...this year I think it is going to be an arrangement of flowers for the staff. We have two part-time and three all will be recipients.

Purple said...

Addendum: I am going to have an arrangement delivered to each of them to enjoy in their home.

Rev SS said...

Lights! yes ... and Amen to your bonus response (great answers)

Sally said...

:-) love the feeding people comment. It is a wonderful thing to do isn't it!

Auntie Knickers said...

What great answers -- I too look forward to Lessons and Carols -- both here in the Catholic Church with choirs from several churches, and on the radio from King's College, and anywhere else I can find them.

kathrynzj said...

Hmmmm... the element of surprise. I like! Thank you for playing!