Tis the season for jingle bells and Christmas music. This is C.D.’s first year of band so we were able to go see his junior high Christmas Band Concert last night. It was at the new Fine Arts center here in town. A very nice building (thanks to our tax dollars) but the audience was only a 1/2 to 3/4 full and the parking lot was over capacity. Just like our silly town leaders to build a nice new building and then forget that it needs adequate parking for the people who will be attending events there. I don’t understand why the ‘powers that be’ can’t seem to think things through. Duh!
Poor parking aside – the concert was great. Unfortunately C.D. doesn’t play an instrument that sits him up front so the only part of him we could see from the audience was the top of his Bassoon. But we took pictures afterwards and I have to say he looked really sharp in his ‘dressed up’ clothes. I had bought him the outfit the day before and when his brother saw it he said “Oooh, you’re gonna be looking fly!” I laughed and said “Yeah, all the girls will be following you around.” C.D. just grinned and said, “There’s this girl in my first period class and that’s all she does now – she just follows me everywhere I go!” He’s such a little ladies man. Last Sunday at church a little girl, not even 2 years old yet, latched on to him in the pew. She kept bringing him drawings and touching him and smiling. It was so cute. Younger, older, the same age, it doesn’t matter, all the girls seem to like that boy. Can’t say I blame them, he is a sweetheart, and he’s funny. The kind of ‘Random’ funny where you end up laughing when you didn’t expect to. For instance, the other day I was in the living room watering our Christmas tree while i heard a clunk in the other room. As I glanced over he was just walking in a circle. I said “What in the world are you doing?” He said “I’m just getting my exercise.” Naturally, I go investigate the noise and sure enough, there on floor is our little block of wood that was a souvenir from Kentucky that has printed on the top of it:
1. Place block on floor
2. Walk around it twice
3. SIT DOWN! Relax
Congratulations – You have just walked around the block twice!
He makes me smile quite often with little things like that.
The other two kids have a good sense of humor too. T.D. likes to do this little dance where he sticks his butt out, shakes his hips and swings his head like he has long hair (which he doesn’t, he always keeps his hair cut really short) to some pop songs that T.J. likes. She loves watching him do it and always says “Do your dance!” The fun comes in because she wants me to see him but he always makes sure I’m looking the other way and when I turn, he stops. (This normally happens in the kitchen while I am cooking.) She gets so frustrated, “Oh Man! You missed it again!” Well, yesterday when we were all in the kitchen and the radio was playing he started doing the dance again. He stopped when Tara hollered “Look Mama!” But I tricked him this time. I knew he would do it again because it was just the beginning of the song. I was standing by the fireplace and started acting like I was picking my teeth with a toothpick in the mirror above it but I was actually watching him. So when he started doing the dance again I yelled “I saw it!!! I saw you in the mirror!” while jumping up and down and letting out a ‘whoop!’ I was tickled pink. He wasn’t. “Oh NO! I can’t believe you caught me! Awww!”
Just another example of how Moms have eyes in the back of their head! haha.
I want to share a story about T.D. that happened one year near Christmas. It was the first Christmas of living in a new town for the kids and I so I wanted to make it extra special by attending all of the holiday events available. The wonderful church shows, holiday lightings and of course the annual Nutcracker Ballet performance. This would be the first ballet attended by our family so I was excited to take the kids. They were young, T.D. was 7, T.J 5 and C.D. was only 3. They didn’t know what a ballet was so I basically just told them we were going to a Christmas show called the Nutcracker.
T.D. didn’t really want to go but I kept insisting it would be fun. As we were driving over there he once again looked at me. Imagine my surprise when I glanced at him and saw his big eyes filled with fear. He put his hand on his groin area and said, “Mama…I really don’t want to see a nutcracker!”
I finally realized what he was scared of – he thought we were going to see someone cracking somebody’s testicles!!!!
I laughed and explained to him that in fact we would not be seeing that action. Every year since then we both get a laugh at Christmas time when we hear about the “Nutcracker” performances!
I was surprised, baffled and confused by the hoopla going around facebook about taking the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, etc. I noticed some of the Christians posting their saying about that (of which, I admit, I didn’t read the whole entire statement because it’s something that goes around every year via email, etc. and quite frankly is mostly just people blowing steam) and I thought we were all pretty much aware of this fact. Evidently, I was mistaken. Quite a few people who aren’t Christian posted some scathing replies to some of the messages I saw. Some of them were downright hateful but some were well thought out statements outlining their ideas. I was flabbergasted by some of the comments some Christians were making to the latter. They were in effect, totally forgetting what their religion is about. This saddens me, because I am a Christian. Christ was about love. Plain and simple. If you LOVE first, then everything else will fall into place. His instructions were clear and precise – “Love God, Love one another” – and from a realistic standpoint this makes TOTAL SENSE. I don’t understand why some can’t seem to grasp this concept. Which is why I made my post on facebook out of love (and a little sarcasm, I admit – is ‘lovingly sarcastic’ an accurate description?)
A copy of my post is below:
There has been much diatribe on facebook about the whole ‘Merry Christmas’ wording…So, I feel I must put my 2 cents in….to everyone I say not only ‘Merry Christmas’ but also ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Happy New Year’, Happy Halloween, Happy Easter, Happy Valentines Day, Happy 4th of July, Happy Hannukah, and Merry whatever celebration you want to have! 🙂 Thank God and give to the poor & needy, do something nice for someone else and have a nice day! 🙂
and I added a p.s. comment reminding everyone that it’s all about LOVE.
I wonder how many crazies I’ll get commenting on it. And how many of my supposedly Christian friends will un-friend me because of my statement. Because you know some hard core “Christ” word pushers will choose to take offense rather than to enlist in a sense of humor in the spirit it was written. But that’s fine, because that won’t anger, irritate or otherwise annoy me – because I will remember what Christ is all about – and I will love them anyway.
The only thing good to come out of all the arguing is that maybe everyone will start to realize that the Christmas season (or Holiday Season if you prefer) (or those 2 weeks the kids get out of school in winter time) is supposed to be about giving something to someone who needs it. Not spending $300 on electronics. Not an excuse to shop until you overload your credit cards. If everyone would use their money to give to those who need something – imagine how much true good could be done? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the tradition of giving a present to your family or your friend. I’m saying that FIRST you should give to a charity, a needy family, a pet adoption center, the destitute, the elderly, the lonely, etc. That is what the spirit of the season is supposed to be about and if we all concentrated on that more and arguing semantics less, we would all be more virtuous for it – and happier.
And by the way, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Halloween, Happy Hanukkah, Joy to all, Peace be with you and Have a Nice Day ! 🙂