the song O Christmas Tree. In German, it is okay. In English, sung slowly, in differing keys and in thick Eastern European accents, I cannot abide it. This song is second on my hate list to Happy Birthday. These are definitely 'smile and wave' kind of songs for me.
irreverence when a church is used for a concert. I made it to the second half of my girls' choir concert last night. The concert took place at the local historic Padre Junipero Serra mission church which is still an active Catholic parish. About ten minutes after the concert was finished and most people had left, I asked the accompanist to play the Ave Maria so I could hear my girls sing their duet. Not only were the remaining people talking over my girls' singing, they had their backs to the altar, guffawing like there was no other place for their conversations. When my girls finished, the talkers kept talking, I used the holy water to make the sign of the Cross and congratulated my girls when we were outside the church.
emails that have the subject line: Christmas Eve Private Mass? My husband got a request for a family private Mass from someone I don't know (most likely from the parish that husband does the 6:30 AM Mass every Sunday). This family has a tradition of a private Christmas Eve Mass and their priest who normally does it- a retired priest without a parish- cannot be there. So they are very kindly asking my husband to do it. And the wife and kids can come too! After a 2 hour Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy and then knowing we will be getting up early to travel an hour for another 2 hour Divine Liturgy Christmas morning! Thanks for asking! So most likely, the big girls will help their dad with this and I will put the little kids to sleep. These people love my husband enough to give him the privilege of celebrating a private Mass for them on the second busiest time of the year, but they have never visited us for our Divine Liturgy.
Irish breakfast tea with eggnog in place of milk and sugar. This is my favorite drink for Christmas.
Having a break from teaching my college class! Now finally I can get some sewing done!
Divine Liturgy- especially when the little ones song 'Lord, have mercy'...they are getting better in their old ages (3.5 and 5.5)
the craziness of this time with going to parishioners' homes to carol them. My husband usually gets his Christmastime favorites to eat like calves' foot jelly. Yes, we will be back again after Theophany with the new year's blessed waters to bless the homes. Just like last year.
Amy Grant Christmas music. There. I said it.
a little bit of tackiness during the Advent/Christmas season. I am very tempted to buy myself this scarf made from old Christmas sweaters...
the adoption happily-ever-after story that is happening at the blog Posie Gets Cozy- my Christmas wish is that all children would be so cherished!
a British Christmas dinner- Yorkshire pudding, roast beef, trifle. This is another reason why I love celebrating at the very least the octave of Christmas. There is time for plenty of celebrations. Of course, we have a traditional Romanian dinner as well with cabbage rolls, sausages, polenta and other goodies.
Romanian folk Christmas carols. Search 'Hara' (a group I like) and 'Colinde' (Romanian word for Christmas carol) for more
My Wish List to Santa (really my husband- Santa gives only the stocking stuffers at our house)
Some Charitable Donations that will make me happy....wish I were richer and could give more
Questions to you from Priest's Wife:
Does 'Elf on a Shelf' exist? I have never seen it!
What do you adore and/or abhor about the Advent/Christmas Season? As always...commenting is easy here