…which was nice because as is often the case, Christmas Eve night was a little hectic. I went to three, count 'em, three Christmas Eve services. First up was Christ Presbyterian's family service. It wasn't quite fun as last year's (for the adults, at least; the kids seemed to enjoy themselves) but it was nice nonetheless. A few hours later I was back for the candlelight lessons and carols service. For part of it, anyway. I had to leave about halfway through to drive across town to Lake Edge United Church of Christ, for another candlelight lessons and carols service. That may sound a little strange, but hey, you ought to know by now that I'm a strange guy. And I had a good reason! Last year, Christ Presbyterian choir sang for our candlelight service, but this year there were too many people planning to be out of town, so the director decided the choir wouldn't sing for the service. But I love singing on Christmas Eve, so I got in touch with the choir director at Lake Edge, whom I had met this summer when I sang in the Madison Summer Choir, and asked if he had room for a spare tenor on Christmas Eve. He did, hence my trip across town. Let me tell you, Lake Edge puts on a nice Christmas Eve service. Our anthem was an arrangement of the Petter, Paul, and Mary song "The Magi." (You'll need Spotify to use that link.)
In between the first two services, I went home and watched all three Community Christmas episodes and the 1967 Dragnet episode "The Christmas Story," which is in its way is just as funny as the Community episodes. Bear in mind as you watch that it was written by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter.
Anyway! Here's a Christmas card--hand-made, no less!--sent by my LiveJournal pal hobbituk. The juxtaposition between the secular message on the outside and the religious one inside is rather amusing, I think.
Speaking of cards from online friends, the other day I got a card in the mail. I tweeted about it:
22 Dec at 21:22
"The [Family]? Who the hell are the [Family]?"
22 Dec at 21:22
"Near where I used to live...someone from UUS I knew by a maiden name?"
22 Dec at 21:23
"I don't know ANY of these people! What is this? [Male], Judy, and ... OH! JUDY!"
As in judykim97, who a few days earlier had offered to send cards to anyone who wanted one. I sent her a PM asking for one…and promptly forgot having done so. My brain are smart.