1. Let’s suppose you were too lazy to carve your Halloween pumpkins, and now you have two very nice uncarved pumpkins in your house. What would you do with them? Would winter squash recipes work well? The wife says no to making 20 pounds of pumpkin pie filling from scratch. (These are 15-20 pound halloween pumpkins, not pie pumpkins.)
My back yard is not big enough for some of these pumpkin hurling devices, and since I live in Erie, there are probably laws against using any of them.
2. Today, as Anna was driving us to church, Maria asked about how Learner’s permits work. She said, “Would it be legal for Anna to drive with her learner’s permit, if the only adult in the car was tied up and stuffed in the trunk?”
I think she has read too many Nancy Drew mysteries.
3. Let’s suppose that Jesus wasn’t born, or Herod caught him, or the hostile Roman, Judean and Galileean presses worked with the established power structures to contain the gospel story. (I wonder if Harry Turtledove has looked into this.) What would you be doing this December, or any December?
If you are Jewish, you would probably be doing the same things you have always done for the last 3,000 years. If you are Italian, you might be getting ready for Saturnalia.
If my Viking ancestors didn’t make some serious advances, I would still be looking for gifts for the family during this season. The Mrs. would still like presents; gold, jewelry, and labor-saving devices called slaves would be at the top of her list. Of course, I would be getting my stuff using a longboat and battle axe instead of a minivan and credit card. Vikings never mastered the credit card: they did business on a “smash-and-carry” basis.
If you seriously consider where your ancestors have come in the last 2,000 years, you will probably agree that:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… (Isaiah 9:2)