Meet Me on Monday #58

November 21, 2011

MMoM

Gonna be short and sweet today. My eyes are hurting today and staring at a computer screen for even a few minutes is painful. I don’t know what’s going on with my eyes. I woke up and they were all bloodshot and a little crusty. I was up for about an hour, reading but this has never happened before. They are sore.

Weird! Unfortunately, I have a whole slew of things to do on the computer today. šŸ™ I’m going to have to cancel my writing assignments, RATS. Do you know anything about bloodshot eyes when you wake up in the morning? All I could find was conjunctivitis and I don’t think I have that….

Questions:

1. I wish I had more time to _________?
Relax. I am a busy person by nature, and I can never be idle for long. I am always inventing things to do! But then I get exhausted from the overwork and it seems I just chug, chug, chug.

Another thing I wish I had more time for is travel. Ooo, I am really enjoying traveling lately! That probably falls into the category “I wish I had more MONEY,” though, lol.

2. What is your favorite kind of soup?
I am not a soup eater. I like to either drink or chew my food, and soup is a bothersome inbetweener. So I suppose the best soups are those I can either DRINK straight or chew up…. I like cream of broccoli. I like my recipe for Manhattan Clam Chowder. Chicken broth is good when I don’t feel well… that’s all I know because I haven’t tried a lot of soups.

3. Where will you eat Thanksgiving dinner?
At my own dining room table. It’s a quiet holiday. We exchange a simple gift that day.

4. What is your favorite time of day?
Probably right before I go to bed or right when I wake up. I just love the enormously satisfying feeling of going to bed — lying down on my cushy mattress surrounded by my pillows — after a long day. In bed, I can do my own thing: read and relax.

Morning are nice, too, because I like the sunshine and the new start and the possibilities.

5. Did you start Christmas shopping yet?
No. We don’t celebrate Christmas. Some of you have asked why we don’t so I’ll leave a quick version here. When my husband and I first married, he worked in retail and I worked in radio- these jobs don’t pause for the holidays and we were always working on Christmas. Our kids never went to public schools or watch TV and didn’t get caught up in the commercial Christmas hype like we did when we were kids. We tried Christmas for a few years when they were older, but after going into debt to buy toys and finding out that Jesus was probably born in spring time (Christmas was a Christianized form of Saturnalia worship, and the pope combined the two holidays to make people in his churches happy) we decided to skip Christmas for a more quiet and meaningful holiday. Thanksgiving is more like Christmas to us. We give thanks to God and each other, give ONE nice gift and keep everything simple.

It was hard at first, for me. I didn’t mind skipping the debt and the hype of Christmas, but I like the colorful lights, the pretty wrapped gifts, the festivity of it all. It held a nostalgic flair to me. On Christmas Day (since we do have the day off, now), we just relax. I might put on A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott or play the radio station Christmas songs. I’d still like to hang lights because winter can get so dark and the lights make everything better šŸ™‚ but I haven’t gotten around to it since we renovated the downstairs…. anyway, that’s what we do. We celebrate Jesus year ’round. His big day is Resurrection Day for us.

Have a great week and a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving, friends! We have much to be thankful for.

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6 Responses to “Meet Me on Monday #58”

  1. Anna Says:

    I hope your eyes get better soon!

    We don’t celebrate Christmas, either – because of the Pagan origins – and I am extremely thankful every year that I don’t have to get caught up in it all. It just makes me tired to think about it. I don’t miss it at all, because I’ve never done it. (we celebrate and observe the Holy Days from the Bible, the same ones Jesus observed)

    I’ve thought Jesus was born in the Fall, around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. Why do you think Spring?

  2. blueyes Says:

    Ya that whole traveling thing is dependent upon money which is scarce these days.

    I don’t like cream of anything lol

    Mornings are the worst for me, I despise mornings.

    You could always buy one set of lights and put them up in the living room or porch to look at and wrap a couple of small empty boxes lol I don’t do decorations or anything and give out a couple gift cards to a few friends. That is it.

  3. Sarah Says:

    Hi, I’m your newest follower from the Meet Me on Monday blog hop. I don’t celebrate Christmas either, but my husband does. It was very refreshing to read your reasoning! I hope you’ll check me out http://www.sewsewenchanting.blogspot.com

  4. lin Says:

    I celebrate Christmas! Am I the oddball here??? šŸ˜‰ But we keep it in perspective and cut back more and more each year now that the kids are older.

  5. Karen Says:

    I hope you feel better soon.