Sunday, November 27, 2005

A Note on the Holidays

I just noticed that I have not posted for awhile and then I realized that the reason was the holiday season which, for those of us who work retail, signals the beginning of many long, long, long days. I am painfully aware that I may not post much during the month of December for that reason.

All of that being said, this is the funnest time of the year, and I want to celebrate it here at WilkeWorld with a few games and treats. Beginning today, I will ask the WilkeWorlders to participate in the festivities here by taking the time to hit the comment button and sharing your holiday experiences with all of us.

First up: Holiday traditions you could do without...

I could do without gingerbread houses. Don't know why but I am a real Scrooge when it comes to gingerbread houses. My sister-in-law is kind of a militant gingerbread house decorator so I am often forced into the exercise but this year Baby Indy needed to get some sleep so I ditched the decorating and watched college basketball. Yipppeeeee!!!!

P.S. WilkeWorld is nondenominational so if Christmas or Chanukah or Quanzaa or any other religious celebration doesn't invoke holiday memories, feel free to use the New Year's Celebration to draw from.


Blogger dena said...

I can do without the obligatory gift giving. If I give you a gift, it doesn't mean I expect something in return. What is means is that I found something that I htought you would like. If you give me a gift, don't expect me to return the favor. I may not give you a Christmas gift, but I may surprise you with a 3rd day of June gift. I don't need another useless gift that someone grabbed off the middle of the aisle shelf that had 423 of the same thing in the pre-fab box.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I am over from Michele's. :)

I suck, suck, suck at making gingerbread houses. I have never made one that stayed together. I always end up getting the icing all over the candies, table, my hair, hands, ceiling, get the point. A huge mess and then it all falls apart anyway. Lets be anti-gingerbread house this year. Humbug on gingerbread houses!

8:43 PM  
Blogger John Cowart said...

I dislike having people giving me unexpected gifts because I feel guilty if I don't give them a retalitory gift.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

I could do without fruitcake. If I need a new brick, I'll pick one up at Home Depot - thankyouverymuch.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

I could do without the Christmas tree, decorations, and the songs too.

I agree with Dena on the obligatory gift giving too.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i could do without the shoppers that butt in front of me, are in such a rush they push me aside to get to wherever it is they need to get to, i guess in general, just the shoppers that are obviously so much more important than me.
i'm not doing a gingerbread house this year, instead, i'm building a huge gingerbread tree, i'm going to cut out layers of cookies and build it, starting with the largest cookie on the bottom and finishing with the smallest on top, with each layer loaded with candy, mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

I agree with Marie, I truly believe that God made 10 Fruitcakes, and these fruitcakes have existed from the beginning of time. They are given out to another unsuspecting person as a Christmas Gift. Each Year, the fruitcakes are given out, no one eats them, and around and around they go. I would like for one person to post that they in fact eat a fruitcake. I will surely send any fruitcakes I receive to them. I would not expect a return gift either.....I would also include in my gift of a fruitcake, one free psychological evaluation.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

Carol singers knocking my front door, singing really, really badly and then expecting a donation!

10:33 PM  
Blogger TC said...

I could do without the lack of money I have this year and cranky shoppers in an over-crowded mall. Didn't they ever hear it was the season to JOLLY??

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

decorating. I hate disrupting my house hold to rearragne things for the tree. Plus digging it all out of the back of the closet and then putting everything back.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous MissMeliss said...

Actually, I like fruitcake; what I hate is the trend of knocking fruitcake. As with any food there are good things and bad things about it, but well done fruitcake is a lovely citronn-y rum-laced delight, and hey, it's only once a year.

Aside from that? I could live without the Barenaked Ladies' christmas cd. I like their regular music, and I like Christmas music, but the two should NEVER be combined.

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

Missmeliss, all that is missing is your address, you will certainly be receiving my fruitcake. Just perhaps, we can retire at least one of those revolving fruitcakes. Oh and by the way, I will send the psychological evaluation as well, A picture of you actually eating the fruitcake would be appreciated. It will be a rare picture, indeed.

4:37 AM  
Anonymous lucystern said...

Grandpa...I don't like fruit cake either. When TF and I got married, his grandmother would send us a fruit cake every year. When we went to a Christmas party, I would take the fruit cake as my contribution of a gift. It was slice and on a nice Christmas plate. We got those fruit cakes from his Grandmother every year till she died...I do have to say that the oranges and gratefruit she send from Florida were awesome.

We had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends over for a 22 lb. turkey. I love thanksgiving because I like to cook.

Now what do I like about the Christmas season?
The Christmas devotional from the first Presidency.
The Mormon Tabernacle choir singing the Christmas songs.
The Ward Christmas party and the funeral potatoes that I sign up to take every year.
Having family and friends around.
I like the traditions that we have developed over the years with the kids. My favorite is making ginger bread cookies while TF and the kids decorate the tree. We eat the cookies and drink egg nog and have a Christmas toast. When the kids were young I would try to read a short Christmas story to them every night.
I like to make something every Christmas to give to the VT and HT and my close neighbors.
I enjoy the Christmas programs at church.
I enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ.

There are things that get on my nerves but I do enjoy Christmas.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Grandpa Jones said...

We are getting closer in solving where the fruitcakes are developed, Lucy's husbands grandmother. If you notice, Lucy, took her fruit cake and gave it away. Hum, Hum just as I thought. No one eats the things I think Missmeliss was just trying to rattle me when she said she did.

3:38 AM  
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