Sunday, 21 December 2008

Bah, humbug!

Mac the MF has tagged me for a meme, but in this case, I'm afraid she will be disappointed. She wants to know the story of the really special ornament on my Christmas tree.
Look, Mac, I'm a bloke, basically. Yes, I do put up a Christmas tree in my window, but it's only because others expect it—left to myself, I wouldn't bother. And there really aren't any special ornaments—just what I could hoover up cheap in Homebase a few years ago. This has reminded me depressingly that today or tomorrow I must crawl up to the attic and bring the wretched thing down again, then assemble and dress it, only to do the whole thing in reverse in a couple of weeks' time. Some people actually enjoy this sort of thing.
Now I feel like a failure. Perhaps I should listen to my feminine side more. And no doubt if I had a family, it would be different. The Christmas tree was special when I was a child.

And yet—the sheer wonder of the fact of the Incarnation still staggers and fascinates me. I love the Christian feast of Christmas; I'd just rather not bother with some of the bits that seem to have to go with it.


gemoftheocean said...

Oh, Fr. Sean. Forget your inner feminine side. Where's that inner child? Okay, what was your favorite baubble as a child! Inquiring minds wanna know, Don't tell us you threw ALL that stuff out?

Mac McLernon said...

Heheheheheh... no, not disappointed. I suspected the response would be something like that, only I haven't tagged you in aaaaaages and I didn't want you to think I'd forgotten you...

(Am I forgiven for tagging you on such a girly meme?)

Jackie Parkes said...

Well I'm on your side Fr!