Christmas, Friday Five

Friday Five: Countdown to Christmas

Christ_manger_scene_adorazione_del_bambino_Beato_AngelicoAs posted by me(!) at RevGalBlogPals:

It's true.

There are only five full days before Christmas Day,
and whether you use them for shopping, wrapping, preaching, worshiping,
singing or traveling or even wishing the whole darn thing were over
last Tuesday, there's a good chance they will be busy ones.

So let's make this easy, if we can: tell us five things you need to accomplish before Christmas Eve.

1) Get well! Fluids, rest, Vicks, rest, fluids, rest. Lather, rinse, repeat! I need to be well to travel to visit St. Casserole on the 26th! My friend Dr. Sherry convinced me that having a cold while on immuno-suppressing medication is no joke.

2) Make a good guess about the weather with regards to the Blue Christmas service on Sunday afternoon. Ditto the late service on Christmas Eve!

3) Write messages for those two services, and get a good start on sermon for Dec. 28th, in order to enjoy time with St. Casserole as much as possible and have a sermon that only needs "buffing" on the 27th. I'll be preaching at her church and can't wait!

4) Wrap presents. We are doing a less crazed Christmas, intentionally, so you would think this would be a sign unto me that I don't need to wrap stocking presents. Yet I am lying in bed at night trying to figure out when to wrap Chapstick packets. Our shopping, thankfully, is nearly finished, and nothing left Pure Luck can't manage by himself. (And #1 Son arrives Monday; he can take his brother and sister shopping.)

5) Knit. I am very close to finishing one of the three projects I hoped to finish. Given my RA, I'm going to count that a victory and hope I feel well enough later to get to the end of it. It has pieces and needs seams, etc., so it's a bit more complicated than a scarf.

I don't know how all these things will turn out, but it's really the first that matters most. That's my major focus for today and as long as needed. You'll notice cooking and baking did not appear. I'm counting on my children to do what's necessary next week. We are not hosting a meal, and I will stay home if I'm not up to going places, because, well, #1!

How is your week before Christmas looking? You don't have to be a RevGal to play, and if you want to answer here in comments, I'll be reading them. Most likely from the couch. Or even the bed. And if I've forgotten something major here? Please wait and tell me tomorrow.

15 thoughts on “Friday Five: Countdown to Christmas”

  1. Songbird, blessings on all these tasks. But… seriously… the first is really the one that matters. Praying good health and peace to you these crazy days.

  2. I really hope you get well! Being sick is never fun, but it’s even worse at Christmas!
    I totally forgot Blue Christmas on my list–our service is at 4:00 Sunday, too, and the weather is iffy here as well. As least the service leaflets for that are done!

  3. I played. I hope you feel better soon. I was so sick last year at this time – it is no fun to be ill any time, but especially during the holidays. And when you’re in charge of the services — well, that’s just not good at all.

  4. #1 is certainly Job One! Seems to me the Association should have a program where retired ministers could sign up to be Emergency Preachers for ministers who get sick at major holidays! I am enjoying being in City of Lakes after a travel day which could have taken a bad turn at any moment and never did — from the snow starting at 2:30am and quickly worsening, to connections just barely made, to luggage that arrived when I did! Many enjoyable things to look forward to including Cordeliaknits’ arrival tomorrow and she is also preaching on 28 Dec. I hope you feel better soon and can fly South like the Songbird you are. Merry Christmas!

  5. Get well indeed! I too will be making a guess regarding our longest night gig on Monday evening.
    Good play–QP

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