A Happy Christmas Video

So I saw this on Facebook this week, and I had to share it. I’m a total sucker for outside-the-box nativity plays. This is probably a hangover from my days at Grace Lutheran Church, where we not only had the shepherds AND the wise men in the play (although they weren’t in the same gospel as each other), we also had Martin Luther make a special guest appearance.

Yes, I totally love THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, especially since my family took turns reading aloud from it when the kids were little and #3 Daughter charmed us by reading about GladWise the angel. The angel’s name was Gladys.

ANYWAY, here’s a li’l short one that I enjoyed. Hope you do, too.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Was your main character ever in a play or pageant or ritual representing a religious or spiritual event?

MA

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CoryDoors — Harrison County Recycling #ThursdayDoors

Since Mom is on an all-liquid formula diet, she uses many-lots of cans. Since she gets mail from every charity organization going, she also generated many-lots of paper trash. So, a couple of times a month, Charlie and I load up The Gothmobile and head for the Harrison County Recycling facility.

Their door is covered with strips of heavy plastic, like industrial-strength runners. It makes it easy to go in and out and probably cuts down the draft during the winter.

That’s The Gothmobile, there, with her hatchback DOOR open.

Inside the facility ain’t pretty, but it gets the job done.

Mighty picky, for a dump.

On the other side of the fence, I found another door, and a picnic table for those who enjoy dining al fresco next to a recycling facility.

This bird family has found their own air conditioned apartment next to the facility’s heat pump.

If the facility is closed, you can use these bins. Lids are kinda sorta doors, aren’t they? Sure, they are!

And so, we bid a fond adieu to the recycling facility, with one last shot of the view across the way for all the industrial-heads in the audience.

This has been (ostensibly) part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Visit Norm’s blog for some stunning photography, then click on the blue frog link to add your own Thursday Doors photo(s) or to find other blogs to visit.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about reusing/recycling something.

MA

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Sugared Cranberries — Beautiful For the Holidays!

Our #1 Daughter gave us this recipe, and I also looked it up online to make sure I was doing it right. It’s super-easy, it only has three ingredients, and it looks smashing! Taste … ~wiggles hand back and forth~.

If you like the bitterness of raw cranberries, you’ll probably love this, coupled as it is with the sweetness of sugar. Sometimes my mouth is in the mood for it and sometimes it isn’t. As the Crazy Russian Hacker says, “You be the judge.”

Sugared Cranberries

  • equal amounts of granulated sugar, water, and cranberries.
  • sugar for rolling the cranberries in after they soak

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring while bringing it to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in rinsed cranberries. (If you have extra cranberries, that’s okay.)

Pour mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain the liquid off, reserving it for some other use, if you want to. Make cranberry mint tea or something.

Roll the cranberries in sugar — regular or super-fine (castor). Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and let stand at room temperature for an hour or until they dry. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or in the fridge.

How do they look? Take a gander at this:

sugarcranberriesBeautiful!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about someone who is beautiful and bitter, with a touch of sweet.

MA

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