Saturday, December 14, 2013

No Duncan Donuts

Saturday 9: Jingle Bell Rock

1) Sam has affection for this song because, when she was very young, she tap-danced to it for a Christmas recital. Her parents told her she was wonderful. Do you have any memories from a school/church program or pageant -- either as a child onstage or an adult in the audience?

A. When I was in the 2nd grade, back when they still did nativities and things in public schools, I played the main angel. I had a little halo and everything. I stood tall and recited Luke 2: 9-11: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

2) Ok, she admits it: After too many cups of holiday cheer, Sam did a few steps of her "Jingle Bell Rock" routine at last year's company Christmas party. Have you ever done anything at a coworker get-together that you now regret?

A. No.

 3) Since that unfortunate Christmas 2012 incident, Sam can't even look at a cup of egg nog. How about you? Do you like egg nog?

A. Not particularly. My husband is very fond of boiled custard, though. I think it is a southern thing.

4) For special events, Sam slips on her favorite piece of jewelry: a charm bracelet that once belonged to her grandmother. Do you have a special treasure from a previous generation? 

A. No.

5) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far in 2013 is from her insurance agent. How about you? Have any holiday cards arrived yet?

A. Yes. I send out about 60 cards and receive about half that number back. It is not a quid pro thing.

6) Because of the chill in the air, Sam gave her dog his Christmas gift -- a sweater -- early this year. He's already gotten compliments on it. Are there any pets on your gift list?

A. No. Well, the bull likes to eat donuts, but since the Krispy Crème burnt down we don't get those. He doesn't like Duncan Donuts.

7) Do you need snow to get "into the spirit?"

A. I don't need it but it helps.

8) Are you going to get/have you gotten a flu shot this year?

A. Not so far, as I have been to sick to get it.

9) December is an important fundraising month for charities. Here's your chance to plug a worthy cause that means a lot to you.

A. First, I think all of these charities should move their solicitation dates to spring or summer. People have more cash available then. I save my annual donations and make some of them in late April. Everyone's strapped for cash over Christmas. I support local charities more than national ones. I do support the American Cancer Association because my mother died of cancer. Since my husband's father died, we have supported the American Heart Association. I also give to Planned Parenthood because I think it is a good organization that helps women with a variety of health care needs. At this time of year, I give to ministries that help the homeless and to the local Social Service department, which has an Angel Tree fund for needy children. They also have a fund set up to pay for heating for folks, and I donate to that sometimes, too. I also give annually to my alma mater.


  1. Good idea about the solicitation timing.

  2. Boiled custard? It might be good. I shall have to investigate.

  3. I heart Dunkin Donuts. But for their coffee - donut eating is a rarity for me..

  4. I love that you support so many different KINDS of charities. That's great of you. :D

    Very smart about giving outside of the holiday season, too. It's important, and most of them have year-round needs. We do the same.

    Cheers! :D

  5. They still hold an annual Christmas pageant here inside the Capitol, but I have not been in several years. One of the last times I was there, it got so hot I nearly fainted (first and thankfully only time that ever happened). We finally got Dunkin' Donuts back in this area, while the one near my sister closed. Like you, I send out about 60 cards and usually receive at least half that many in return. As for charities...a friend and I made multiple donations to Toys for Tots this year, as well as a donation to a coat/blanket drive to benefit the Humane Society and Salvation Army. I always contribute to the Post Office's "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign, too.


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