Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

hummingwolf: Gold starlike kaleidoscope images. (Gold stars)
This is the first time I've been online since Christmas afternoon (my time), so I haven't read any of your post-holiday postings and can therefore still be hopeful that you all had wonderful days.

Christmas Eve: Almost watched the entirety of It's a Wonderful Life without falling asleep for the first time ever, but decided to miss out on the ending so I could go to the candlelight service at a local United Methodist Church. On the way there, I marveled at the insanity of the holiday drivers. People talk about how crazy the drivers are on New Year's Eve, but I've walked through the same neighborhood at the same time on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and the Christmas Eve drivers are decidedly crazier. Still, the holiday lights were pretty and the tinny holiday music playing from plastic lawn ornaments was cheery in a tacky sort of way.

The candlelight service was surprisingly not crowded. At least this was a surprise to me, though maybe it shouldn't have been. When I was growing up, I got used to the idea of UM churches being packed on all Dec. 24 and Easter Sunday services, but that doesn't seem to be the case at this one. Maybe the crowds went to the early "family" service instead. In any event, the service was full of singing like all good Methodist services are and my throat was worn out by the time I got home, which meant you were all spared the voice post I had been thinking of doing with me singing holiday tunes. Consider yourselves very, very fortunate. On second thought, throw in a few more "very"s. Stayed at the church later than I can ever remember staying in a church (aside from youth group overnight things as a teenager), having fun looking at the decorations and chatting with the woman in charge of the cookies in the lobby. As I was nearly the last person to leave, she told me, "Please! Take as many cookies as you want!" I probably could have taken more home with me, but maybe it was just as well that I didn't.

Dec. 25-27 )

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