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Favorite Things

Saturday, December 20, 2014

So I went to a party this week, thrown by a co-worker, called a "Favorite Things" party. It was cooler than I expected it to be! The premise is that you find a gift, worth about $5, and buy 5 of them to trade at said party. I picked Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", because I love Christmas music.

I consider myself agnostic- I have a faith of something bigger than myself, but don't know what to call that faith. I was raised in an Irish Catholic family, and that usually ends up one of two ways- you're either deeply religious, or not at all.

I cannot listen to Christmas music without getting teary-eyed -and for all you sassy people out there, I'm not talking "grandma got ran over by a reindeer" ( I'm looking at you, Greg emoticon ).

I get a swell in my heart that doesn't come from melodies (I know that feeling too) or lyrics (a good poem is a good poem). It's deeper than that, and possibly the sole reason for me not being a declared atheist. I've seen a lot of weird things, experienced a lot of coincidences- but the scientific part of me chalks that up to energy, imagination, or...just coincidence.

But when I hear Christmas music...there's something that simultaneously lifts my soul and grounds me. And if you're a God-loving woman (or a probable faith-based loving woman), that's what we call God.

It's kind of like sitting in the sand, looking at the expansion of the ocean from a beach. There is something in this world, so much bigger than ourselves. And it can make you feel so small, like your worries are silly, but so big- that you're here, and witnessing it.

I don't understand it. I don't spend Sunday morning in church claiming I do. It just IS.

I digress (but it's not lost on me that I titled a blog 'Favorite Things' and I'm writing about my version of God).

So! What's your favorite thing?? What would YOU bring to my favorite things party??

Oh, edited to add I got a lanyard, lip gloss, hand crème, a cup with candy in it, and a $5 gift card to World Market. Hmm...who played this right? I did! emoticon

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    I like this blog very much emoticon It is, is expressive enough, I get exactly what you mean, but always struggle to articulate it emoticon

    Favourite things, hmm pigs are my favourite thing...but I think if gift giving I'd choose my other favourite thing, tea! I'd buy an xmas mug, and fill it with sachets of all my favourite teas, green, mint, very berry, redbush, dandelion and nettle, mulled wine, and a surprise one, a hot chocolate sachet, cause everyone likes chocolate, and a pack of mini marshmallows.

    I think I will do just that!

    .....whose fave thing was a lanyard.... that's that plastic thing you put ID cards in right? Someone really likes their job, or being ID'd? Did it come with a vip pass to a magical land of favours for life, now that I'd LOVE? Errrr never look a gift horse in the mouth...bad Bean emoticon
    2056 days ago
    Raised Irish Catholic as welll, and for years I resisted being moved by Christmas carols. But I have now accepted them back into my life, and I love them, in spite of myself.

    I'd have to skip the things party. I hate things. For years I had a rule that if something new came into the house, something else had to go. It was a high threshold for buying anything. No accumulating for its own sake. I am less rigid now, but I still have a fairly high standard about "do we really need that?" Luckily, we live in a neighbourhood where we can set something out on the curb and it'll disappear in minutes, going to someone who really does want or need it. So the kinds of things you get at the annual $5-10 gift exchange at the annual work party... they go directly to the curb.

    I guess I am a bit of a Scrooge.
    2056 days ago
    I loved your blog Sparky! I was also raised Irish Catholic and like you, I do not go to church but believe the house of God is not limited to one specific space. I do believe in God and I have my own ways of communication.

    I like the idea of the Favourite Things Party! Scares me what some of the gifts could have been! Your gift was lovely and as Diane said, who wouldn't love Bing Crosby? White Christmas is fabulous.

    Now what would I have brought to the party for $5 that would be one of my favourite things.......perhaps a beautiful would be more than $5 My most favourite things are music boxes maybe I could find a miniature, oh well..I am trying. Thanks so much for sharing this with us Sparky! Muwahhhhh!
    2056 days ago
  • HEYRED221
    ooh, scratchers - that's a great idea too. I never been to a favorite things party, hadn't even heard of them until you mentioned it. Sounds like a nice change instead of a cookie swap. Next year I am going to suggest it to the one group I go to that always does the cookie swap.
    2057 days ago
    Sounds like a fun time. Lottery scratcher tickets.
    2057 days ago
  • HEYRED221
    Sounds fun. I love gift cards - World Market is great, or some other fav store or coffee!!!!
    2058 days ago
  • GHK1962
    LIST TIME!!!!

    1) Who is that Greg person you keep talking about? He must make the most dorkiest of comments. Run over by a reindeer indeed. Rudeness of him to think that right?

    2) On your thoughts on what is greater than - some say God. Some say nature. Some say science. And they are all correct. As is your truths for it. It just ... is.

    3) I love that show ... White Christmas. Irving Berlin is a genius. My favorite song form that movie though is, "Snow."

    It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow

    4) I would bring spam.

    2058 days ago
    What a fabulous idea... wish I had been there!!! And yours was definitely the BEST gift. One can never go wrong with music... and Bing:)

    Since you already picked the best gift - I'd probably go with small snowmen... I love snow & at Christmas there are snowmen all over my house (you can ask Ty... he plays with them like they're mutant ninja turtles or something!)....
    2058 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Gift cards, flavored tea bags,herbal,,,
    2058 days ago
    If spiritual means "kind, compassionate, and thoughtful," then anybody who reads your blogs regularly knows that you are spiritual. I don't go to church regularly because I can't find one nearby that I love. What I loved in my youth was the beautiful language of the Episcopal service, which always used to bring me the "peace that passes all understanding." I miss the traditional liturgy, as it is so uplifting.

    As for the favorite thing priced at about five dollars? What a hard question! You handled it very well, giving music instead of a thingie that someone wouldn't know what to do with. One of my favorite presents ever was a small, zipped make-up bag my daughter gave me when she was in kindergarten. I gave her a few coins, she said, "Wait here, Mama," and I saw her run up and down the aisles of a little gift shop. Really running up and down. I could see her little head bobbing over the low stacks of trinkets and accessories. I tried not to look as she went to the cash register and bought me a white furry bag, which I use to this day, and which is no longer white.

    2058 days ago
    Loved your views! I was raised in a very traditional French Catholic family, so I can relate to a lot of what you mentioned :)
    5$ for my favorite thing...hmmm, probably a candle in a glass lantern. I loved the warmth of a candle in a room.
    Happy holidays to you!
    2058 days ago
    Oh, what a great party idea....and good gifts, but yours was GREAT!
    Let's see, I think I would bring either jingle bells (got my Mom some for that price on sale and they hang down and go on a door so you hear them when people come in, I might have also chosen a CD, but it would probably just been Christmas music or I always liked Andy Williams! Or I got these small metal holders for small sheets of paper that includes a tiny pen for in your purse for notes! I love them and they come in so handy!
    Regarding your beliefs...I hear you! I consider myself "spiritual", as opposed to religious (man made/organized groups, for the reasons you stated. I also believe as Einstein stated, we are energy and you can not destroy energy!
    2058 days ago
  • YMWONG22
    2058 days ago
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