Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Mary to Gabriel: "Will That Be Fried or Scrambled?"

My kids are really getting into the holiday spirit these days. Christmas music blares from their radios and tinkles from our piano. And at the first notes of "The First Noel" Uber-princess perks up and shouts out the name as if it was "Name that Christmas Tune". I'm not sure how many others she knows, but as long as she knows that one, we're good.

However,in the midst of all the celebration, there seems to be a bit of confusion. For one thing, I overheard Timid Daughter accusing her surly sister of being a "grunch".

"Mom, will you tell her to stop being a Grunch?" she asked me.

"A what?", I replied.

"You know, a Grunch. That guy that stole Christmas. She keeps being mean to me and I want her to stop".

"You mean the Grinch?", I ask. Then I stop myself. Why should I correct her? Really it's much more fun to see her go around accusing people of being Grunches. And maybe they are. After all, who knows what a Grunch is?

Then there's the carol that every kid loves to sing simply for it's long drawn out chorus. Gloooooo o o o o oooooooooo o o o o ooooooo o o o oooooria. It so happened, during a car ride while they were all belting this out along with Michael W. Smith or whoever that was on the radio, that Little Miss History fessed up.

"I always thought they were saying in EGGSHELLsies deo. But why would there be eggshells?", she wondered aloud.

"Ah yes, dear. That's just one of the mysteries of Christmas", I wanted to say. But I didn't. I just agreed that eggshells sounded kind of silly in a song about Jesus.

Now if I could just get them to stop singing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells...".

5 musings:

WilyHacker said...

I'm sure I could help you getting them to stop singing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" but it would just become "Jingle bells, monkey smells, Melman laid an egg!" :-)

Michelle Gregory said...

well, we all drove our parents crazy with that one, you why should your kids be any different?


Llama Momma said...

Just say no to all of the grunches in the world! :-)

Tanya said...

I love stories like this. :) My daughter had a funny Christmas mix-up last year. I blogged about it HERE.

Anyway - Hi! I linked over to you from Goodword Editing. You commented there that you were reading through "Choosing Forgiveness." It's on my to-read list. How do you like it?

A Musing Mom said...

Wiley-oh, you know too well all the pulverized versions of Carols that continue to enter our house. And they're not even in junior high yet!

Michelle-thanks for the reminder of the mother's curse. So true, so true.

LM- Amen, sister.

Tanya-thanks for stopping by. I'll have to check out your story too. As for Choosing Forgiveness, note that in my comment I said that I'm "working" through the book (not reading). DeMoss doesn't let the reader off easy - she guides one through the thorns of making forgiveness a reality. I absolutely love this book, not because it's an easy read but because it is a must read. Already I'm finding myself freed from anger and bitterness that I hadn't realized I was carrying around. I highly recommend everyone read this book at least once.