Christmas fun

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Marla Warren
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Christmas fun

Post by Marla Warren » December 20th, 2009, 1:00 pm

Post some fun, humorous, or just plain enjoyable links, thoughts and memories about the holidays!

Here is some Cat Christmas fun:

Video: Christmas Tree Kitty
http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/12/1 ... ee-kitteh/

And that’s when he realized….
http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/06/1 ... urrounded/

Hark da…
http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/12/1 ... hs-singgg/
“Good writing should be smooth, clear and short, and the art of saying little in much must be avoided at all costs.”
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Re: Christmas fun

Post by Mira » December 20th, 2009, 7:01 pm

I love Christmas.

Marla, you're killing me with the cat videos. :)

So, I don't actually have a Christmas story, I just weighed in to say I love Christmas. All the lights and songs and cookies and presents and decorations. Brightens up everything. :)

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Re: Christmas fun

Post by Marla Warren » December 21st, 2009, 12:50 am

Here's a story of mine:

The Story of Our Christmas Candle

My mother was a school teacher and when I was about nine years old, the principal at Mom's school gave her and each of the other teachers a beautiful artificial candle. It was about two feet high and made from multicolored foil, green foil for the body with orange, yellow, and red foils creating the flame. There was also decoration around the bottom. It was really gorgeous. We put it on a table in the dining room, and kept it there as a decoration. After Christmas, we carefully packed it away. For the next four Christmases, we got it out and put it on the table when we decorated for the holidays. After five years, it was starting to look a little beat up. So when we took the decorations down, my mother said to throw the Christmas candle in the trash. My brother wanted to open it and see what was inside. My mother said it was probably only a cardboard tube. My brother ripped open the paper.

Inside were four Tupperware cups with lids, stacked one on top of the other. Our beautiful Christmas candle, which we had admired and cherished for five years, was merely the wrapping for the present. When we told him what happened, my father laughed, but not as loud or as long as my mother's principal did when she told him the story.

"You thought all I gave you was a foil candle?" he said.

There's a moral in this story somewhere.

I posted this on another message board and someone commented, “Your candle story is beautiful. You didn't ask if there was anything else to your gift. You displayed it proudly for 5 years not knowing the real gift was inside.”

I like that interpretation. I was worried that our family is very shallow. Or just not too bright.
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Re: Christmas fun

Post by polymath » December 21st, 2009, 1:05 am

Sounds like a gift that keeps on giving, like a good story with new significances discovered each reading. And the anecdote, a gift in and of itself.
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Re: Christmas fun

Post by Marla Warren » December 22nd, 2009, 11:03 am

Here's something I wrote for my blog that some people may enjoy:

A Michael Crichton Christmas 2009
(Sung to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”)
By Marla Warren

On the first day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
A T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the second day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the third day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the fourth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the fifth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the sixth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the seventh day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the eighth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the ninth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the tenth day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Ten Great Trains Robbing
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the eleventh day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Eleven Congos drumming
Ten Great Trains Robbing
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

On the Next day of Christmas Michael Crichton gave to me
Twelve Spheres a-humming
Eleven Congos drumming
Ten Great Trains Robbing
Nine E.R.s in peril
Eight Airframes crashing
Seven States a-Fearing
Six Prey a-fleeing
Five Pirate Latitudes
Four Timelines
Three Rising Suns
Two Lost Worlds
And a T-Rex who tried to eat me

(I wrote the original version of this on December 22, 2007 for my message board. I intended it to be a fun treat for the holidays. With Michael Crichton's untimely death, it's poignant to think about what he gave us.)
“Good writing should be smooth, clear and short, and the art of saying little in much must be avoided at all costs.”
--Benjamin Franklin

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