Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thoughts about Christmas, now that it's over (ranting)

I am so glad it's over. All that energy expended on Christmas - all that anxiety over a holiday. All the hustling to get gifts, to find them, to pay for them, to wrap them, to get them to where we are celebrating, to prepare food, to get everyone together to where we are celebrating.

All this, and then we sit down on Christmas day and no one says a prayer - no one thanks God.

Someone did on Christmas eve, but since on Christmas day the meal was being served English style where they dish out the food in the kitchen and hand it to each person rather than pass the food around the table, no one knew when the meal began, so no one knew when it was appropriate to say grace, I guess. But, never mind that my nephew, who was hosting this with his wife, married an unbeliever - and that they probably wanted to do without a prayer.

It's so ridiculous! We all have very little money at this time, so we get little gifts - I bought things for $5. For my brother and sister, who decided we should exchange gifts between the three of us, I spent more - but hardly more, and we told each other what we wanted, then went and bought these things, hardly worth that much - things we could have gone and bought for ourselves, but for the sake of having a Christmas gift, we bought for each other. We do all this just to have gifts to open on Christmas, when we could do without this. It's pointless. I couldn't care less.

It's all meaningless. My sister loves Christmas. She decorated her apartment to the hilt with stuff she collected. She loves Christmas, but it's not about loving Jesus. We aren't centering on Jesus. It's about a holiday. I just don't enjoy it! When it's over, I celebrate. I celebrate that it's over!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota

Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota:

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through

18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will
swim by,
You might live in Minnesota


If you're proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights

each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation,

You might live in Minnesota


If you have ever refused to buy something because it's "too spendy",

You might live in Minnesota


If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March,

You might live in Minnesota


If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there,

You might live in Minnesota


If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of
his forehead,
You might live in Minnesota


If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,

You might live in Minnesota


If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know how to say...Wayzata. ..Mahtomedi. .Cloquet
. Edina ..and Shakopee,
You might live in Minnesota


If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy,

Y
ou might live in Minnesota

If vacation means going "up north" for the weekend,

You might live in Minnesota


If you measure distance in hours,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know several people, who have hit deer more than once,

You might live in Minnesota


If you often switch from "Heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again,

You might live in Minnesota


If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow

during a raging blizzard without flinching,

You might live in Minnesota


If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events,

You might live in Minnesota


If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both
unlocked,
You might live in Minnesota


If you think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and Venison,

You might live in Minnesota


If you carry jumper cables in your car,
and your girlfriend knows how to use them,
You might live in Minnesota


If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill's Fleet Farm
at any given time,
You might live in Minnesota


If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit,

You might live in Minnesota


If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, (my favorite--this is so true for me--Jeff B.)

You might live in Minnesota


If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter,
and of course, road construction,
You might live in Minnesota


If you can identify a southern or eastern accent,

You might live in Minnesota


If your idea of creative landscaping is a plastic deer next to your blue spruce,

You might live in Minnesota


If "Down South" to you means Iowa,

You might live in Minnesota


If you know "a brat" is something you eat,

You might live in Minnesota


If you find -10 degrees "a little chilly",

You might live in Minnesota


If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Minnesota friends,

You might live in Minnesota