Rory’s Christmas Challenge

Rory — you know him as A Guy Called Bloke — posed a bunch of new questions in today’s Blogger’s Christmas Challenge and then he instructed us to answer his questions and, once done, to tag three bloggers to do the same!

I’m going to answer his questions below, but instead of tagging three bloggers, I’m going to tag any and all bloggers who feel like answering them.

What’s lucky to find in your Christmas Pudding?

A thumb? A Plum?

What’s the second line of “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”?

🎵 “Just like the ones I used to know” 🎶

In what decade was the first Christmas Card sent in the UK?

The first decade?

Who brings presents to children in Holland on the 5th/6th December?

The Little Dutch Boy?FCF755F2-BF3E-4DCC-8683-9AC13F3A821D

Who started the custom of Wassailing and what does it mean?

I think it has something to do with a spicy drink, like an alcohol-infused pumpkin spice latte. As to who started it? I dunno. Starbucks, maybe?

How many of Rudolph’s eight companions names start with ‘D’?

Four: Dopey, Doc, Dumb, and Dumber.

At Christmas it’s customary to kiss under what?

Under the bed? No, just kidding. It’s in the bed under the covers.

What type of tree did the partridge sit in?

A pear tree. You know, I’ve never in my life seen a partridge in any tree, in real life, anyway.244389DA-20FA-42DB-B88D-EBFBC49DC5CD

How many ghosts were there is a Christmas Carol and who were they?

Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Hey, that would be a good name for a rock band: Jacob Marley and the Three Ghosts.

Peas in a Pod

14E3DF38-78D2-406E-9D65-3E0A4D782658The twins came running into our bedroom. “Mommy, Daddy, it snowed last night,” they screamed in unison. “Can we go outside and build a snowman?”

“Sure,” their sleepy-eyed father said. “Have fun.” His wife got up and went to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee and he joined her a few minutes later. They were sitting at the kitchen table discussing their Christmas plans when there was a knock at the front door.

Dad got up, and went to the door. One of the twins was standing there. “The snow’s too fluffy to make a snowman,” she complained.

“Okay, Jessica,” her father said. “Why don’t you and Jennifer make snow angels instead?”

“Dad, I’m Jennifer.”

Their father looked more closely at Jennifer. “I swear, you and your sister are like two peas in a pod. It’s a wonder that anyone can’t tell you two apart.”

“Whatever,” Jennifer said. “How do you make snow angels?”

“It’s easy,” Dad said, and he explained to his  daughter how to make them.

“Why don’t you go out and play with your girls?” his wife asked when he returned to the kitchen.

“Are you serious” he replied. “It’s too damn cold outside.”

“Well,” she said, “You have to go out to shovel the snow off the driveway down to the pavement anyway.”

“Yeah, I know,” he said. “There are times when I hate this time of year so much that I feel like I need to find something to smash.”

“Oh stop,” she said. “Snow at Christmastime makes things perfect. You really need to stop being such an old scrooge.”

That’s when the twins ran into the house and cried out in unison, “Dad, come look at our snow angels.”

“Peas in a pod,” he said, smiling at his wife.

Written for the following one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (fluffy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pod), Word of the Day Challenge (wonder), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (easy), Scotts Daily Prompt (pavement), The Haunted Wordsmith Daily Word Prompt (smash), and Your Daily Word Prompt (scrooge).

Bright, Sunny Questions

0B7F046B-D7F8-4AD1-81FC-028DBD971D12JP, The Wide Eyed Wanderer, was just nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She thanked the person who nominated her, answered his questions, and then posed her own three questions, which she invited “everyone” to answer.

1. Since everything is all about holidays right now, what is your favorite holiday? And why?

My favorite holiday used to be The Fourth of July because (1) I loved to go see fireworks and (2) it was my older sister’s birthday. When I was a kid, she would tell me that the fireworks displays were to celebrate her birthday and I didn’t understand why there weren’t fireworks on my birthday. But I’m no longer a fan of Independence Day because my dog is deathly afraid of fireworks and so those damn Fourth of July fireworks make it a miserable night for my poor dog, and thus, for me and my wife. Did I answer the question?CBC4A56A-BD2E-4219-97F0-3182AFD411A7

If you could wish for one thing for the whole world, what would it be?

I’d wish for the world that Donald Trump would no longer be President of the United States and, would, therefore, no longer present a clear and present danger to the rest of the world.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so what’s top on your list for 2019?

Nope. I don’t make ‘em because I can’t keep ‘em. Unlike Donald Trump, who claims, as president, that he has kept more promises than he has made, I am unable to do so. (Do you sense a trend here with my answers?)

Day 20 — Many Meanings

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that has many meanings to you.” Okay, I’m a very literal kind of a guy, so when I am asked about a song that has many meanings, I’m thinking word meanings, as in dictionaries, thesauruses, or songs about grammar, punctuation, and usage.

And there is only one song I can think of that does all that. Thank you, Weird Al.

FOWC with Fandango — Easy

FOWCWelcome to December 20, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “easy.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.