Holy Days

O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings

to Songbird:

Bless you.

The other night I got a call from my former sister-in-law (the one married to my ex-husband’s brother). She said, “I understand you were planning to have the family over on Christmas Day, but I was thinking we should just have Thanksgiving Redux. It was so relaxed and so easy at my house. Would it upset you to come here?”

Um, no.

I felt I owed everyone a holiday meal.

I have church at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. on Christmas Day. Do I really need to feed 14 people later that afternoon?

Um, no.

This is the best Christmas news ever!!! All I have to do is bring a couple of things that can be cooked the day before: a Festive Christmas Meat Loaf (for the few who do not appreciate Prime Rib–just don’t ask) and a Chocolate dessert made in my gorgeous trifle dish involving brownies and Cool Whip and chocolate pudding that is to die for, and may in fact be called Death by Chocolate or something along those lines. Also a vegetable. This seems entirely manageable.

O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain; O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, and be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

6 thoughts on “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings”

  1. Whoo-hoo! Hail, ex-sister-in-law! Blessed art thou among women!
    P.S. Your dessert sounds like a popular dish down here called “Better Than Sex” cake.

  2. Can I just say how wonderful it is that you have such a great relationship with a former family member? I know she’s still your kids’ aunt, but even so…
    Many families cannot pull that off. I speak from experience.
    I have worship at 7:00 on Dec 24, then 9:30 on Dec 25. Then I’m going home to cook, but just for the 4 of us. My understanding husband has told his family that we will not be packing up the car and driving 300 miles for a repeat of last month’s “Dysfunction Junction: The Musical” Yay!
    BTW: I want a recipe for that chocolate thing.

  3. PS-Now I have “and-the-go-vern-ment-shall-be-upon-his-shou-ou-ou-oul-ders” ringing through my head, complete with dotted 16th notes!

  4. Be careful not to move your head in time with the mental music. You may fall over. Or frighten someone.
    I’ll look for the recipe. Pure Luck’s niece made it for their family Thanksgiving a few years ago, then I made it that Christmas. It was the year that snow started on Christmas afternoon here and piled up at a frightening rate. We never left the house, so our Christmas dinner was Chocolate Whatever and Apple Pie, the things I was bringing to the in-laws’!!

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