Monday, December 18, 2006
Christmas With TMW, Warren & Nanc
we've decided to have a festive fireside chat as our gift to you, our friends.
nanc: the year has flown by - do you two feel as though you're chasing your tails? i, for one, think i'll meet up with myself somewhere along the way!
tmw: When I'm doing it on my own strength, I find I've run over myself! Rude little snip! But when I do it G*D's Way, I may go fast or slow, but the only time I see my tail is when it's wagging!
warren: I think that passed myself going in the other direction. I waved and honked but I just ignored myself and pretended not to see who it was.
(stuck up sob!)
i don't know who said this:
I understand, but what's worse is getting your tail stuck in the door, ouch!
tmw: Who's bringing the green bean casserole? And what do you do with it?
i don't know who said this:
I prefer fresh asparagus or Southern style fresh green beans with diced bacon!
warren: No green bean casserole, please! My sister-in-law makes it and everyone spits in the napkin or feeds it to the dog under the table.
It's like that horrible macaroni salad that my nutty aunt used to make. Macaroni, salad dressing and on top she put sliced green bell peppers and cinnamon imperials for Christmas colors.
tmw: Oh, Warren, ugh! The green peppers belong in the salad with Hellman's mayo, onions, hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper! Leave the cinnamon imperials in a ziploc bag for me to take home later! Use sliced olives for the top!
warren But my aunt said that only cinnamon imperials make good holly berries for the green bell pepper wreaths!
tmw: She's teched! You don't eat holly berries! Except on cookies, cupcakes or cakes, all others are poisonous! She can buy regular pimentos and cut them into berries, and why berries with conifer wreaths? She's a little confused...
nanc: i'm bringing the green bean casserole! red hots make the best berries on EVERYTHING - you people...
warren: Speaking of wreaths, what kind of things do you hang in and on your house?
I don't put up anything outside but I always put the Christmas cards we receive on the wall. We have a small tree in the corner with a string of lights.
My goofy neighbors yard looks like a junk yard for Macy's Thanksgiving day parade! They have four or five large inflatable whatcamacallits clumped together gracing their front yard.
nanc: clear lights! we forgot to bring the blue ones from the mountain - i wanted to put a star of david on the roof with them and can now find NONE for that project.
our cards are mostly on nancson's piano, to which he complained...so we just let him.
i relented - AGAIN - and allowed a live set of star pines and we put clear lights and candy canes on it - nancpop says, "NO angels on top PLEASE!" they're nearly four feet tall and will be absolutely beautiful for the years to come.
tmw: I know what you mean! A friend of mine lives in a gated community, and the vast majority of houses have those silly inflatables from Wal-Mart! A few are a little classier, but passing streets full of the blow up Santas, snowglobes and other strange things makes you twitchy!
We have a 2" artificial tree, covered in candy canes, with our presents around it. Not much else, I'm trying to sort and pack! I will be putting up the Nativity that my Mother's Father made for my parents after they got married. He built a stable and a church, The figures for the nativity are from Italy, the church has small lead figures(townspeople) from Germany, a real international flavor, and older than me!
nanc: tmw and i recently had a discussion about tinsel and all it means to us...when my mom wasn't looking i'd sling the entire box of tinsel at the tree! i've NEVER purchased a box of tinsel in all my years - in rebellion you'd say.
do you two have any strange traditions you've let go of or continue to this day?
tmw: I have tinsel in with the ornaments and things I inherited, they are sealed tight, and will remain that way! As historic curiosities only!
Traditions-NO MORE TINSEL!
warren: When I was younger there were a lot of traditions, putting up the tree, making cookies, a rotating family gathering and so forth, but the older family members have passed, I'm down to one elderly aunt and my mother, there isn't any family left on my wife's side so we usually visit my mother on Christmas Eve then return home and vegetate for a day or two.
tmw: Who would you like to spend this Christmas with?
I have to say, since Jesus is in residence, WE would love to spend Christmas with all the blogger community that has built up over this last year! I'd love to sit down with everyone and talk heart-to-heart about hopes, dreams, frustrations, failures and life as it stands! Everyone bring a dish, then settle before a fireplace with spiced cider, etc. and just enjoy each others company!
My family on all sides has ignored us since my parents died, and my late's family don't like Christians, but in the spirit of Yeshua, who said that those who give up family for HIS sake will receive 100-fold in this life! My church and brothers and sisters in the blogger community ARE my family now! They are precious to me and the idea of spending time with them makes my heart full!
nanc: yes, may the Spirit of Yeshua be in all our hearts. it's probably warren's turn to talk, but most people know how difficult it is to get between two women! (no wisecracks, elbro!)
as most of you know, our family is miles and miles away and we've made our family our friends along the way. although, i would love to see our families - i've built relationships here in the www that sustain me at times.
your idea is a most excellent one, tmw - a blogger convention is definitely in order. what would be really fun is to meet up for the first time and not know who's who and try to put avatars and names to actual faces! btw - i'm the one who doesn't look exactly like sophia loren...
you bring the cider and i'll bring the beer!
warren: I would love to do that but I'd have to leave my headsman's axe at home and wear sun glasses so my red glowing eyes wouldn't give me away. Of course my name tag would have to show an assumed name...
I'd love to meet all of our friends face to face, be it Christmas or any other time. I'll bring the guns!
tmw: I have some too, so those without or disinclined to carry onboard a plane may borrow! Traveling across state lines can be a pain too! Check first, and I'm sure Nancpop knows the best places to get refills.
Aviators glasses are a cool and classic statement, Warren!
And if there are any illegals hiding out, we may scare them off the property!
nanc: we, at longrange, want to wish all our loyal friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and may your new year be a shining event! you're all in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. all the best to you and your families.
we also hope you've had a good time at this party - remember to travel safely to your next destination and have a designated driver...the management is not responsible for any accidents you have along the way!
tmw: And I'm not serving "hard" cider, just mulled, I might mull some wine too! Bring your own finger food, plus enough to share. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Let's get together in a "year"!
warren Its passing strange how you can form relationships with people you have never met face to face. You can learn their hopes and fears and share yours, you develop attachments and feel genuine love for them, share their sorrows and lift them up with prayer and an encouraging word.
Christmas is a family time as well as a religious celebration and I consider almost everyone that posts here as part of my extended family, certainly closer than many of my blood relatives.
I wish you, my family, a very heart felt Merry Christmas and the very best in the coming year.
May your burdens be light!
Note: I'll have a post from Christmas past on Christmas Eve morn.