As you know, I have this week off.
Did some cleaning over the weekend to get ready for TG on Thursday. I got Bitter Frost updated despite AO3 refusing to tell anyone. Funny thing was it said on their twitter that emails were delayed but hadn’t disappeared altogether. BS
I have some errands and shopping I want to do today. But I am also working on my Flash Fic for Friday. This week, other than the Flash, I want to finish the Christmas story, so I can call it done, and move on. I know how I want to end it, it just has to get there!
Wednesday I am making a pumpkin dessert for TG. If it turns out okay I will post a picture of it.
When I was young, I used to do all the Black Friday shopping thing. Well, I never got up at 5 or anything,but I would go shopping that day. These days I do most of my shopping online or on different days if I am going to, say Target (my favorite store, ha ha). I doubt that pattern will change this year. I don’t like crowded stores. We went to Costco on Saturday and it was packed with people who wanted to run you over with their damn cart.
Sunday the 25th is decorating day here at my house. One month exactly! I’m excited to have it done. I am Christmas nut, I know.
When I was a kid, long long ago, but not in a galaxy far away, we used to go to mass. Anyway, I loved going to midnight mass. These days half the churches have done away with it and only like one of every five churches have actual midnight mass, around here anyway, but when I was a kid it was a big thing and I loved it. For me, it was such quintessential Christmas. Even as I became a little older my sister and I would go when no one else would anymore. Mass would be standing room only so we’d get there early and I loved the pomp and circumstances of it all. The whole ceremonial thing.
Though I am no longer practicing any religion, I remember that part of it very fondly. There’s a saying I think rather applies to me. You can take the person out of the Catholic but you can’t take the Catholic out of the person. Yep.
Anyway, even now my favorite time is Christmas. I’m like a kid, still. I even have a Christmas playlist on my phone to listen to as soon as Thanksgiving is over.
I know some people in the Star Trek fandom get offended that people write Christmas stories about Kirk and Spock, because Shatner and Nimoy were both Jewish. I’ve even seen people complain about it. But my take is that was the actors, not the characters. Roddenberry was an atheist. Kirk and Spock did not disclose their religion, though Spock, often dismissed the idea of a deity. I don’t write TOS Christmas stories, and Quinto is not Jewish, and Pine is only part, and speaks of how he really doesn’t follow any religion, plus I think he has celebrated Christmas as a child. Anyway, it really doesn’t matter, I don’t get into too much religion, though I do reference Amanda being Jewish. My point is, it’s fiction, a fandom written about characters that don’t even exist, so if I want to write Christmas, then I am going to do so.
I hope everyone here in the US has a wonderful Thanksgiving. And everyone elsewhere, if you are out there, has a great week.
November 19, 2018 at 8:51 am
Yes! You nailed it in one with the Christmas fandom stories.
I also too loved midnight mass. It was my favorite mass the whole year and I loved the tradition of it. It’s the only thing I miss about the religion I used to practice.
Enjoy your week so much my dear!!
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November 19, 2018 at 1:41 pm
Hard same on the midnight mass! 🙂
November 19, 2018 at 12:23 pm
The only black friday shopping I do is the walmart dvds and that’s usually after the crowds die down 🙂
I’ve never been to a midnight mass. Grew up Methodist and they did do a midnight service that my grammy would go to.
Sounds like it was very special to you growing up.
Christmas is one of my favorite times to 🙂 such a warm and fuzzy time of year
And totally agree about the Christmas fandom stuff.
Hope you have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Also, good luck with your pumpkin dessert!
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November 20, 2018 at 8:53 am
I probably don’t need any more DVDs so I don’t really even go near Walmart that day or even that weekend HA HA, We shall see this year though
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November 20, 2018 at 6:46 am
I think even the pull of gift giving and Santa and the beauty and splendor of the decorations of the season will make Christmas outlive all beliefs, even if everyone stops believing in a deity of any kind. I think Christmas will continue forever, because it’s just too much fun, especially for children, not to survive us all. I think people secretly like the bustle and focus on others, when most everyday we focus on ourselves so much.
Not so sure about Thanksgiving. There are already those who have changed the feeling of Thanksgiving to a very negative thing because of colonists and Native Americans. And we’re really not a very thankful people any more, like those who lived through world wars or crises. And I’d rather Thanksgiving die than have another crisis just to pull people together or cause us to see how much we truly have to be grateful for.
But I’m grateful for you and those who follow you.
November 20, 2018 at 8:52 am
I haven’t really heard too much anti-Thanksgiving stuff and that’s fine with me. If it goes away someday, I suspect I will be long dead by then,and will have little to say about any changes made. I do know I saw a “survey” recently that said out of 300 people asked, 67% thought we should give up gift giving at Christmas. First, I love how they think 300 people represents all of us or even a majority, and second, it just left me thinking those 67% were just a bunch of self-centered jerks who hated the idea of parting with their money for anything. I am a cynic, I guess. But that’s how I viewed it. Anyway, as I said, before anything like that happens I will be six feet under or a bunch of ashes, I suppose.
November 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm
I never do Black Friday shopping. I really hate shopping, and crowds while shopping make it even more “fun”! Lol!! Not!
Can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving time so quickly! Our original plan was to try to get the house ready and start to decorate for Christmas since all three of my girls will be home from college for the long Thanksgiving weekend. But now with my Dad just home from the hospital on hospice, I’m not sure what we are doing! We’re sorta playing it by ear!
Yeah for a holiday story! I’m looking forward to seeing it! I do believe the tradition of Christmas will carry oon to the 23rd Century. So it is perfectly acceptable for the Enterprise crew to be celebrating the same holidays that we do now, probably with some new ones added in.
I too grew up Catholic. Even Catholic school all the way through high school. I haven’t really been to Sunday mass in several years. I too loved the midnight mass. There was just something magical about it. Maybe I’ll go this year… who knows?
Wishing you and all your readers in America a Happy Thanksgiving and everyone a wonderful end of Autumn.