Inside the two week window of the Christmas season, and a silent panic begins to settle over the Dunnevant house. We have sped by a half dozen signposts that we had told ourselves would signal “go time.” Each signpost has been ignored. Today, Pam passes the critical signpost marked, “Last Day at Work.” The next sign, off in the distance, simply says, “Too Late. You’re Screwed.”
My Sister Linda just sent out a family e-mail beseeching the rest of us to begin engaging in a meaningful dialogue about Christmas Day. America often is similarly harangued to start meaningful conversations about race. But unlike America, we actually follow through. The emails have been coming in fast and hot.
Linda: Ok, this year I am NOT going to be the cruise director.
Doug: Sorry. That was a lifelong appointment.
Linda: Well…what about the menu? Remember that year we did Italian food?
Doug: I am trying my best to forget. When I walked in the house and smelled lasagna I remember thinking, “what the heck? Is this Columbus Day??”
Linda: Yes, but it’s so much easier than turkey with all the trimmings. You men just don’t understand!!
Doug: I understand enough to know that if God wanted us eating lasagna on his birthday, Jesus would have been born in a manger in Venice.
Linda: Well…what about the time?
Doug: I’m cool with 1:30
Pam: Since I will have all of my kids home, I would really prefer not having to rush out of the house so early. I think 2 would be better, actually 3-4 would be even better.
Doug: Like I said, I think 2 would be better, actually 3-4 would be even better.
Paula: Bag the Italian. Turkey with all the trimmings. I’ll have Ron bring a ham.
Christina: Ezra naps from 2-4.
Jenny: Yeah, 2-4 doesn’t work for us either. Bennet chops the heads off of bad guys and saves the world from Kryptonite from 2-4.
Linda: Well, we might have to do a second seating table out in the piano room. Any volunteers?
Paula, Doug, Pam, Becky, Lauren, Donnie Paula, Ron: NO!!!!!
Ryan: I’m fine with the second seating table…as long as I can watch Sports Center.
Doug: I say put all the Pups out there, cover the table with gummy worms and Cheetos and lock the door.
Ron: Wait…I’m bringing a ham?
Paula: Yes, dear.
Ron: Well thanks a lot for the advanced notice!! I’m not sure I can find all the spices I will need to get a ham ready for Christmas. I mean, the special Tahitian cumin I use takes three weeks to ship!
Paula: Nobody cares about Tahitian cumin for crying out loud! Just make sure there isn’t any blood on the plate.