Grumpy Holiday Friday Five

Here we go, ladies! It's this week's Friday Five!

Parishioners pushing for carols before you digested your turkey?
Organist refusing to play Advent hymns because he/she already has them planned for Lessons & Carols?
Find yourself reading Luke and thinking of a variety of ways to tell Linus where to stick it? (Lights please.)
Then this quick and easy Friday Five is for you! And for those of you with a more positive attitude, have no fear. I am sure more sacred and reverent Friday Fives will follow.
Please tell us your least favorite/most annoying seasonal....
1) dessert/cookie/family food
I'm not wild about pumpkin pie. (Seriously. Mushy food, I can't handle it.)
2) beverage (seasonal beer, eggnog w/ way too much egg and not enough nog, etc...)
I LOVE eggnog lattes, but there's a coffee shop near me that makes them with eggnog-flavored syrup instead of actually eggnog. Very disappointing.
3) tradition (church, family, other)
My pet peeve here might by my family's LACK of tradition. My mom has never been particularly interested in the holidays, and we were in a new place almost every year. (Mr. M and I seem to be doing our part to create new ones, though.)
4) decoration
Inflatible lawn ornaments. Oh my goodness. They're the only reason I've ever wanted a crossbow.
5) gift (received or given)
An aunt (bless her heart) once gave me an ankle-length sweatshirt nightgown with a furry bear appliqued to the front of it. Not as a child-- this was about 4 years ago.
BONUS: SONG/CD that makes you want to tell the elves where to stick it.
Well, actually, I'm going to admit that I love an album that I suspect everyone else will name here: Elvis's Blue Christmas. AND I'M NOT ASHAMED OF IT!


  1. Crossbow! Oh I love it, I hate those things too. :)

  2. you can get eggnog flavoured syrup??? urgh!

  3. You are killing me with the crossbow!
    (Not literally.)

  4. Crossbow. tee hee. Can I get one? This is a target rich environment. There's a big inflatable santa across the street staring into my bedroom.

  5. You had me laughing outloud with the crossbow.

  6. Actually, this is the first mention of Blue Christmas I've seen.

    Thanks for playing!

  7. chortle at the crossbow.

    lol at the nightgown four years ago.

  8. Yeah, the crossbow rocks!
    I also liked your idea elsewhere of the pink flamingo tackyness award!!!

    we could have some real fun with that!

  9. Hee hee - LOVE the crossbow idea! Makes me want to have someone drive me around in a convertible, while I sit up on the top of the back seat with a long-ass samurai sword. Or maybe a suit of armor and a lance.


  10. I have that ELvis album too. Hee hee...and I am with you on mushy food being absent on my plate. I love pumpkin bars, pumpkin creamer, etc. And I just mad a DELICIOUS cream cheese pumpkin roll...but pie? Ick. No, thanks.

  11. I think we could create the Anti-Inflatable Crossbow Posse, staffed entirely by irritated revgals. We could roam the streets of America making neighborhoods safe for tactful holiday decorations. I'll be the secretary. You bring the crossbow. Seriously. Think about it. :)

  12. There is NOTHING wrong with Blue Christmas!

    And I'll tell you something else. You and everyone else.



  13. Oh, I'm smiling. At the Elvis reference (I'm a fan) and at your Abigail Bartlett quote. We're HUGE West Wings fans at my house.

  14. I was just gonna poke the globes with a stick, but I like your idea better!

  15. I don't think I've heard that album, except for the one Song.

  16. I will pay you one dollar if you post a pic of you wearing that nighty on your blog. ~grins~


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