Okay so it is 12:30 on Christmas morning and I am not up wrapping, or baking or any of that. I am getting home from church - I admit to being a C + E christian (and if I am being honest Easter services are boring) but I look forward for months to Christmas eve's midnight mass... I have gone every year since I could drive (before that I went with my mom to the 7:00) and I prefer to go alone but the last 3 years Jim has come and last year and the year before Mom has come too...
But onto tonight's service - ever had one of those night's where EVERYTHING goes wrong? Yeah that's this night and I am blogging it so Jim doesn't have to hear me vent it!
First we were late - I am NEVER late, it's like missing the first part of a movie...Then I grabbed the first seat that I could find and it was next to a very large very smelly man and I am not trying to be judgemental but my eyes are red and sore from it. He also sang VERY VERY loudly and off-key and really how off-key are you when *I*can tell?
THEN the pastor recently resigned and so a deacon was doing the service and really he was bad, and I mean BAD!!! The message was supposed to be "enthusiastic witness" but HE wasn't even enthusiastic! Maybe it was past his bed time? Because he seemed tired.
Then he messed up the candle part - I love this part and it hasn't changed ever as long as we have gone to this church but he did it all wrong :-(
And they sang a different closing hymn - every year until now it has been JOY TO THE WORLD a classic for sure, but this year? go tell it on the mountain, are you serious?
And lastly (if I haven't bored you to tears yet) he ended at 11:55 ummmmm NO! It ends at midnight so we can all wish each other a Merry Christmas... Sigh not a very peaceful beginning.
And yes I know I am over-reacting (but it is my favorite part of the whole Christmas season) but I am giving myself a few reasons... My dog has to go for a neuro consult, are you kidding me? Don't I see quite enough neurologists?? And two there are too many presents under that damn tree with my name on them - does nobody listen to my rules anymore?
Well goodnight and Merry Christmas!
(typed on my new laptop from Mom)