Authentic Compassion

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What do YOU think about these burning issues?

Borrowing a meme from my pal over at Fraker Farm - feel free to use the questions if you are searching for a blog topic this week. Isn't it funny we like to know odd facts about one another? Maybe it gives us one of these moments "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.'" (C.S. Lewis) I would bet I'm not the only one who might make similar answers - so now we're bloggy friends. Who is a friend ? No not just someone who really knows you and likes you anyway. King Solomon wrote about having a trusted friend in Ecclesiastes 4: 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! I'm grateful here on Buhlaland-- I have treasured friends who have helped me up more than once. It's good on Buhlaland to thank my old friends and welcome new ones. Read and realize - this is for grins not theology, doxology or even chronology - just a smile on a Tuesday.
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate - with a sprinkle of cinnamon!
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Sit under the tree - especially the years when I got a doll - to see my new doll all beautiful and perfect waiting for me - woo hoo.
3. Colored light on house/tree or white? Colored lights are my preference but this year we are trying to do the frugal thang - so new lights are all white LED
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No and I should because I bet we have bushels of the stuff in our oak trees!
5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually the first week of December but this year - as mentioned in a previous post - I needed Christmas WAY early.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Squash casserole or the ever reliable green bean casserole - I mean when you exclude desserts an entire section of my holiday menus is gone - pooff!
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Being at my grandparents farm in Texas with all the cousins and aunts and uncles - my cousin and I both getting beautiful dolls an uncle brought us from Italy. Even went with Grandpa and cut down a cedar tree for Christmas - being a military brat we rarely were with extended family on holidays and that one was special
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I think from my big brother but not clear on the details - I wasn't devastated I remember that much - Santa is more the feeling of generosity and miracles of Christmas (and we all know the miracles are from God)
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Definitely
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Ornaments of every size, origin and description - lights and a handmade star - not garland or tinsel because it covers up our ornaments.
11. Snow. Love it or dread it? Dread it - I live in Texas and love it we don't get much snow or cold weather.
12. Can you ice skate? Yes - used to be halfway good at it.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Probably the pearl and diamond (chips folks not rocks) ring I got -- seemed to mark the moment when my parents thought I was grown up enough to get real jewelry. Still have that ring and I'm not a terribly sentimental person about possessions.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Time to recall the Reason for the Season - and the wonderful mood most people are in - so much more open to one another and loving.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Cookies - oh my yes cookies!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Going to church on Christmas Eve.
17. What tops your Christmas tree? A star - dear Mother in Law Ethel made our current star.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Love to give presents - don't mind receiving but currently DH and I are not much into the presents thing - our gifts are our home and our faith (sheesh that sounds corny - but you get away with cornball when it is Christmas)
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? Joy to the World -
20. Candy Canes. Yum or Yuck? Totally Yummy - any kind - I love peppermint but the fruit flavored ones can be tasty too - I don't have canes on the tree yet because I walk by and eat them off and it is too soon before BooMama's tour!
21. What do you want for Christmas? A good day with people I love
22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party? Not really - our church has a special evening program and dessert party - but not a traditional Christmas party party.
23. Do you dress up for Christmas Eve or wear PJ's? We go to church Christmas Eve -I don't think our fellow congregants would appreciate my jammies - we dress but not formally - jeans and a sweater.
24. Do you own a Santa hat? Yes but I'm looking for a new one.
25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with? My dear and precious husband.


Rachel and Jacob said...

i enjoyed reading through this and finding out more about you :)

LindaSueBuhl said...

Hi Rachel - thanks - I always hesitate to answer these things - if y'all know too much about me - you'll know too much about me. Hoping you have a little one or two in the house by Christmas!!

KathyB. said...

I like this meme! So you were a military brat too ? I think I remember you saying something about that earlier. Funny, I was thinking about being an Army brat and why I treasure some memories so much.
You know, there is a lot about the Christmas celebration that is NOT so spiritual, but taken as a whole as part of family fun and traditions, becomes a kind of marker for what does indeed bring us back to what is important in our lives. Thanks Linda Sue !

LindaSueBuhl said...

KathyB - military brats are definitely the product of our upbringing - I think we treasure the ties of special occasions in a different way - I knew my Daddy wouldn't be in the house every single holiday or birthday or whatever - so when we were all together it made a holiday for us.

Farm Chick Paula said...

We could never know too much about you Linda Sue... besides, who are we gonna tell? LOL
I love finding out new things about my bloggy buddies!!

teamwilhite said...

what a perfectly pleasant blog! I'm now wanting hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies!!!

KathyB. said...

Linda Sue, yes, we too celebrated in a different way. Our father was seldom home for holidays and birthdays. He did 2 tours of Korea and 2 tours of Vietnam, and lots of away from home time after that. We wrote him several times a week, and had Christmas once , after Christmas, when he came home. We did keep Saturdays as 'Family Day', and when Dad was home we stayed home and did not have friends over, especially to spend time together doing family things, games , family outings, special dinners or just being together.

I like the way you put it, every time you were all together was a holiday for you !

Lanny said...

All these things are fun to think about and I like that you shared you position on them. BTW I love your header picture and verse. I love pink skies, morning and night. They bring me peace and comfort, reminding me God is here with me. The indescribably, unfathomable God.

I say pink but golly that sure isn't the color I see.

Liz said...

Wow. LED Christmas lights? I'm really behind in the times.