TODAY'S THE DAY
We are now ONLY 100 Days from Christmas. For some of you that is a dreadful thought, for others like me it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I look forward to Chtismas all year round, I have Christmas cds in my car i have Christmas scented candles placed thought my house and yes I have my Christmas tree up all year round. It is a gorgeous tree that was donated by my loving Aunt Marilyn, without her Christmas in my own house would have presents under my fake palm tree. (I accept all Christmas donations :) )
It's not just the music and the lights or the long walks at night while the snow is falling and snow crunching under foot while you hold hands with the one you love. The Christmas season is so much for me, it's seeing family and friends that i haven't seen in long time, it's sipping egg nog by the fire, and adding rum to my warm apple cider, it's passing that fruit cake thing that someone always puts out each year and it always seems to be placed in front of the treat i want. It;s waiting for the wish book from sears to come and circle the things i would like. Oh there's some many good memories about the holidays that make me look back and smile and laugh. Let me take you on this walk down memory lane with me.
MIRACLE IN THE CHURCH
When i was younger I was in the church choir, yes i went to church and didn't burst into flames. (but someone did.) I remember i was the second wise man and was caring a candle and frankincense. Walking down the isle in the middle of the Church wearing my dads house coat and a crown that my mom made out of cardboard and tin foil.
I was so nervous having all these people watching us walk up to the front my legs were like jello and i was terrified that when i got up to the baby Jesus I would forget my line of " I bring you frankincense." If I had to do it over again today i would fight for the Gold and say "I bring you a gift of gold ... From Golden Pawn located on Dundas st open late for all your holiday shopping needs."
But i got a candle and frankincense, as I was so nervous I started looking around for my parents though the crowds thinking seeing them would calm me down but i couldn't see them i looked to the left i looked to the right ... nothing i quickly turned around and there they were smiling and cheering me on quietly.
And then it happened a man jumped out of a pew and started beating my friend Johanna in front of me, she was the wise men caring gold, I wasn't sure what was happening at the time till i saw the smoke coming off her fathers housecoat. That's right someone HAD LIT HER ON FIRE!!!!! Well it was no surprise with all those candles around it was almost bound to happen. We made it to the front with a little smoke damage but the show must go on. We did our part and ended the play. It wasn't until after we were having juice and cookies in the lobby that it was reviled that I was the one who lit my friend on fire, yes it was me, when i turned around to look for my parents i accidentally lit her on fire. Well who gives small children candles to walk around with come on :)
MIRACLE ON HASTINGS ST.
This reminds me of another Christmas story that happened not to long ago in a small city called London. Family and friends had gathered from near and far, we were all laughing and drinking and playing our Christmas games. This was the first year I was living on my own and was so happy to be home at my parents for Christmas that year. Although my father would always protest and say "why are you staying here you have your OWN home go HOME." But we all know he loved it. lol. The house smelt so yummy with cookies and other goodies that had just come out of the oven. We were all downstairs eating and chatting when we smelt it. Something was burning!!!!! We checked the oven and nothing was in there assuming it was just something burring off that had dripped from the pies we returned to the party. And a few minutes later the fire alarm was going off. So we ran up stairs following the smoke and into the bathroom. And there it was, a candle with a fake flower in it was ON FIRE big fire, calmly i was filling the bathroom cup with water when my mother came in frantic yelling and pushing me out of the way and started beating the flames with some material. I wasn't sure what she was doing this for i had it under control i had the water coming. But my mom did it her way. After the fire was out we all took in a deep breath and were thankful the fire was out it was a Christmas miracle. We all laughed about it and our guests gave my mom props for her fast thinking. On the way our of the bathroom while still laughing my mom handed me MY WINTER COAT!!!! That's right I now lived on my own for the first time, and I have no winter jacket because my mother decided to use it to put out a fire. And it wasn't a little damage there was a burn whole though the jacket and what wasn't burned had quite a bit of burnt soot on it. Good thing i got a new coat for Christmas that year.
But it wouldn't have been Frescura Christmas if something funny didn't happen in that house. :)
MIRACLE IN FORT MYERS
Another Christmas tale takes us to Fort Myers Florida. It may not have been Christmas eve but it was the Christmas season and we were celebrating in the beautiful Florida. After a long day of laying in the sun playing in the pool and making sand castles it was time for dinner. I can't remember exactly what we were having but I know it was chicken that my sister and I were downstairs BBQing and my mom was up stairs making French fries that cassandra and I had asked for. Anyways a few minutes into cooking the chicken we heard the fire alarm to our building go off, old people were running down the stairs and out of the building with there walkers and cains and they were PISSED! Getting a little nervous that we hadnt seen our parents come out yet we went to the front door to go up and look for them but they were the last people heading towards the exit. My mother looked at us and gave us THE LOOK. You know the look, the look that parents give there children that says im going to kill you when there are no witnessess around. Cassandra and I looked at eachother wondering who it was who was in trouble and what the hell was it we did. Terrified we just stood still looking at my mom, then we saw my dad coming out behind my mom laughing and pointing at my mom.
My parens came over and in a voice just a little higher then a wisper told us "this is your fault you two wanted french fries and I had to turn the over on and the over cleaner set off the smoke detector for the whole building so the alarm is going crazy." We had to continue to wishper, as the old people who had to run down all thouse stairs would have stareted a riot or a linch mob against the canadians. So what do we do cassandra and I asked. Nothing they replied we'll just go back up in a minute. And thats when the Naples fire department pulled into the complex lights flashing siruins blaring fire men in full gear jumping off the moving truck to get there equipment as fast as they could.
This is where my parents went over to explain it was just a little over cleaner that was buring off and it set off the alarm were so sorry.
If the old people had things to throw they would have thrown whatever they could have at my parents at that moment. My dad went up stairs to open the door for the fire men otherwise they would have to break it down and charge us with replacing the door. So we gladly went up with them, where we had our pictures taken with the cute fire men and then again outside beside the truck wearing there helmets. Another Christmas miracle.