New Wednesday Feature! Hodgepodge for 12.19.2012

So I was randomly searching through some knitting blogrolls, and landed across the website for AuburnChick.  And I discovered that she’s part of a wonderful link party that is:

So why not.  I love listy things that make you think, but are also rather short.  So here goes!

1.  How will you spend ‘the night before Christmas’?

Ever since my brother got married our usual traditions have been shot to hell.  Which also makes me think that expression isn’t the best to use when referring to Christmas Eve, but I digress.  This year, I have managed to anger my brother by asking for a time to gather for Christmas, as I had friends that wanted me to do other things and I needed to know what time to block out in order to be at family events.  I did not say this in a way to mean that family wasn’t important, but I know him, and his silence for the rest of the day meant he was fuming and that is how he took my request.  Is it too much to ask to simply know ahead of time when the family is gathering?  Or we could be like my sister and call at 5 and say ‘dinner is at 630, are you coming?’.  Forgive me for not wanting to spend Christmas alone and contemplating offers from bloodless family* relations. 

Sorry, digression persists.  Christmas Eve.  Right.  Well, traditions of old had me going to moms house and preparing the breakfast casserole while she went to her church for the service then my stepfather went to midnight mass at his church and my brother picked one or the other.  My church does not have a Christmas Eve service, just open hours between 5-7 when you can come for communion and a small devotional with one of the pastoral staff.  I sometimes go, sometimes don’t, for me, after working years in the corporate side of retail, Christmas Eve was all about finally having time off.  So this year?  I don’t know.  I think at this point I might be going to the movies and dinner with a bloodless family member, and if the timing works out, we might make that communion service after all!

2.  What is something you are not?

Motivated to clean my home.  I have been home all of about three nights since Thanksgiving, and it’s a disaster.  Might be easier to just torch it.

3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?

I used to love my Papa’s fudge.  That stuff would melt away if you looked at it.  But he’s been gone over five years, and it’s been almost a dozen since he did anything in a kitchen.  So it’s a fond memory.  Every now and again I don’t mind a bite, but I’m more of a fruit-dessert person, not a chocolate-sweet person.  But when I indulge, no nuts!  No peanuts, no pecans, and most importantly NO BLACK WALNUTS! 

4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls?  Are you giving any homemade gifts this year?

There is really only one big craft show here in December, and the schedule didn’t match up for me to go with the church production this year.  Church was more important!  Plus lately the only thing we’ve done is get food and skip the crafts . . . .

I did make an afghan for my future (now known to be a) niece and gave it to my SIL at Thanskgiving.  I have a Noah’s Ark blanket going on that she doesn’t know about (Shhhh!) and will finish it in time for the shower in late February/early March.  I was on a roll at Thanksgiving, then the production ate up two and a half weeks, and I’m out of rhythm!  I’m probably about 80% done.

5. What’s your favorite type of holiday gathering?

I love just getting together, hanging out, and GAME NIGHT.  I come from a tradition of card (NOBODY knows how to play Rook anymore!) and board games for entertainment (hey, it was cheap!) and it has continued into adulthood.  I am fortunate that most of my bloodless family have a few that they love as well.  My Nana, who is 84, still gathers with the ladies in her complex to play Dominoes, Phase 10, etc.  So that’s it–low key, food, fun, and COMPETITION BABY! 

6. We’re approaching a new year…what’s going to be different in 2013?

I am not a big resolution fan, especially in January.  Always made more sense to me to make them in September with the start of the school year instead of halfway through.  But in 2013?  I hope that worry is less, work is as increasingly profitable as 2012 was to 2011, and that financial stability starts to poke its head out of the fertilized soil.  It’s there, just lurking around . . . . 

7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.

“Peace is when time doesn’t matter as it passes by.” ~Maria Schell

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It occurs to me reading over this that it’s a bit morbid.  It’s just how I am at the moment.  Slightly wallowing in aloneness.  I will be better tomorrow.  Right now, though, I need to be content with what I have, the dog that is licking my toes in his sleep, and White Christmas on TV.  It’s the little things.

*Bloodless family: The family you make on your own, regardless of actual relation.  Sometimes a better family to you than the one you were born into, sometimes not.  But just like the natural one, they are always there for you.