Friday, December 21, 2007

It's Almost Christmas! Friday Five

The Friday Five at RevGalBlogPals asks these questions:

What was one of your favorite childhood gifts that you gave?
Funny, I remember being excited about giving gifts to particular people, but for the life of me I can't remember what the gifts were!

What is one of your favorite Christmas recipes? Bonus points if you share the recipe with us.
I guess that would be Shrimp Creole although we have it at other times of the year as well.
I'm not at home with the recipe, so I'll have to pass on the bonus points for now.

Someone at the office brought Salmon Spread yesterday. It was goooooood. If I had the recipe that might be my new favorite.

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.)
Our Christmas activities have varied a great deal from year to year. We are rarely in the same place or with the same people as the year before. But, one thing that always happens between my mom and us sisters is the "Christmas Gift" game. Here's how to play the game: On Christmas morning (others do it on Christmas Eve) you always want to be the first one to say "Christmas gift." Since we are often in different cities, this involves early morning phone calls where the caller recites "Christmas gift, Christmas gift, Christmas gift" over and over while the phone rings. You always answer the phone with "Christmas gift," just to be sure to be first.

Pastors and other church folk often have very strange traditions dictated by the "work" of the holidays. What happens at your place?
I have yet to be fully responsible for Christmas Eve services at church, but one or the other of us often has a role in one or more service. We make sure that we have family time sometime on Christmas Eve. We put on our comfy clothes, get our egg nog or hot chocolate and spend some time around the tree. Last Christmas Eve, the 3 of us and my mom led worship in the Hospital Chapel and took communion to all the nurses stations and a few patients. It was a blessing to be able to serve those who could not be home.

If you could just ditch all the traditions and do something unexpected... what would it be?
We watched a PBS special on Christmas in Yellowstone last night. All three of us agreed that would be totally cool. Okay - really cold but lots of fun.


RevHRod said...

So with your Christmas Gift game, is there a prize? ;-)

Thanks for a fun play and have a Merry Christmas!

Wyldth1ng said...

Yellowstone would be fun.

mid-life rookie said...

revhrod - the prize is bragging rights all day long.

wyldth1ng - We watched the special on our new HD television. It was awesome to see so clearly! We could see the hairs in the fox's coat. The great pics made it more desirable.

cpclergymama said...

I told hubbie about the "Christmas gift" game. He turned and said "no, don't do it!" So of course I will be starting it around out home. With a three year old and one on the way it will be fun!

Rev Dave said...

One of my families is spending Christmas in Yellowstone this year. As they are usually our reliable musicians for special music, I want them to stay and do the service while Kim and I head to Yellowstone.

We'll get up there some winter.
It's a great place--if you've never been at all, go as soon as you can!

Rev Kim said...

We've been in Yellowstone twice this year - it's about 4 hours from us. Once was at the height of summer tourist season, and it was so croweded. The last time was in October - much quieter, although colder too. You're right, it's great. I love it & can't get enough. We're hoping to get up there this winter as well. Definitely something to put on your must-do list! Great play!

Joan Calvin said...

Oh! I have always dreamed of going to Yellowstone in the winter. What a great Christmas that would be!

Ruby said...

We have shrimp creole for Christmas dinner, too! I thought we were the only ones.

leah sophia said...

oooh, you played in red & green--very cool! the salmon spread sounds great; could you maybe get the recipe and blog it? (reportedly) HD tv is amazing. isn't it shot at some outrageous resolution like 8,000dpi? not sure; i need to research that. thanks for playing & blessed christmas!

revabi said...

Hi Merry Christmas. I hope it is a good one for you!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas a day late from your always-late-with-everything forever-friend. I've known you all your life, never knew you did not like cranberry sauce! Hubby made venison chili for his family for Christmas Eve -- that would be MY least favorite! Saw your comment in another place about manboy coming to you when you had peace. Our version of MB was conceived the week after you got MB. How's that for God's perfect plan for both of our families? You had yours first -- a reward for much longer suffering in the infertility world than we spent. Happy New Year to you and the guys. We love you. Signed, You Know Who :-)