What Was That?

We’ve had a few humorous utterances from our youngest (with Autism) recently…

One of the funniest came when we visited the “Walk Through Bethlehem” at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Marrietta, GA last weekend.  This was a wonderful family field trip and if you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend!  The church re-creates Bethlehem as it may have been at the time Christ was born, complete with a market place, Inn (no rooms available, of course) Temple, and manger.  There were shop keepers hawking their wares (and educating you a bit on their products and how they were used 2000 years ago in that part of the world), storytellers, Roman Soldiers (harassing people for not paying their taxes), and a Rabbi.  There were even stalls where you could enter your name in the Census book and others where you could pay your taxes.

My youngest and I split apart from the group so we could wander about to our heart’s content.  My son asked lots of questions and we both enjoyed pretending that we were an Isrealite on the night that Jesus was born.  My son even shouted “You are MEAN!” at the soldiers in a show of bold defiance.

At one point my son entered his name in the Census book (I wasn’t allowed to sign since I was a woman) and we turned to walk toward the Tax Collector’s stall.  I explained that we needed to avoid the soldiers and pay our taxes.

“What was that, Mommy?” he asked.

“Pay our taxes,” I said.

He stopped in the middle of the marketplace and shouted “WHAT?!?  We have to PAY for TEXAS?”

I looked down at him and started giggling. 

Without missing a beat he cocked his head and said “Pay for Texas!  You are so silly Mommy.”

Merry Christmas to you all… and hoping your taxes don’t seem like paying for Texas.

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Christmas meme

This one is going around so thought I’d do it too!!!

  1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  Wrapping paper.  I love to wrap presents! 
  2. Real tree or Artificial?  Artificial – I love real trees but they are messy, a fire hazard, and we have allergies.  Plus, ours is pre-lit – which makes it super easy to set up and take down!
  3. When do you put up the tree?  Sometime the week after Thanksgiving.
  4. When do you take the tree down?  It depends – Sometimes the week after New Year’s, sometimes end of January (isn’t that awful?)
  5. Do you like eggnog?  I do, but I don’t drink it often.
  6. Favorite gift received as a child?   Art supplies – I felt like I could create anything with them.
  7. Hardest person to buy for?  My husband
  8. Easiest person to buy for?  My boys.  They both keep up-to-date wishlists.  🙂
  9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes – we have a few little ones and one old big one that we inherited from my husband’s side of the family – right now up on our mantel – very prominent spot!
  10. Mail or email Christmas cards?  Mail.  A family newsletter.
  11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?  One year my husband forgot to get me anything and forgot to help our kids get something for me.  I was crushed.
  12. Favorite Christmas Movie?  I love to watch Little Women (the one with Susan Sarandon as the Mom) because it feels so nostalgic.  Then of course it seems that Star Wars was on the TV in the background every single year for the last 20 years… so now when I watch it I think of Christmas (crazy!) and have the audio memorized but realise that I really haven’t WATCHED it for a long time – so it seems fresh at the same time.
  13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  All year long – I look for sales and snag things that might suit at the end of the year – I save alot of money this way.
  14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  I think I have once or twice – but can’t remember what to whom.
  15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  Rum balls and liquor filled chocolates and chocolate mousse.
  16. Lights on the tree?  White mini lights and lots of them
  17. Favorite Christmas song?  I love all of them! 
  18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?  Half and half – this year we stay home and my parents are coming to us – woo hoo!!!
  19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?  I sometimes stumble a bit until I go through the song…You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.  But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all?  Rudolph!
  20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?  We open all on Christmas Eve and Santa/stockings on Christmas morning.  This is what we did while I was growing up.  It allowed us to focus more of Christmas on Christ (since most of the excitement of presents was over with at that point)
  21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?  Commercials – the hype is awful.
  22. Favorite ornament theme or color?  sparkly glass ornaments on the tree – and of course the creche we inherited from my husband’s family
  23. What do you want for Christmas this year?  World Peace of course!
  24. Angel or star on top tree:  Angel
  25. Favorite meal:  Traditionally we had lasagne on Christmas Eve and then Mom made something fab for Christmas dinner.  This year due to church scheduling I have to do something that can sit for a long time in the oven in case we can’t get to it so we’ll have ham.  For dessert we have cookies while we open presents.  For Christmas we’re doing a standing rib roast with all sorts of trimmings and chocolate mousse for dessert.