Pumpkins, Driving, and Advent

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)

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11 thoughts on “Pumpkins, Driving, and Advent

  1. Ray:

    If the pumpkins were mine I’d go out to the White house or some other place where this would be possible and use them for target practice. The thought of blowing up a huge pumpkin with .45 slugs just makes me giddy. 🙂

    Merry Christmas.

  2. Um, just for visitors — we have friends who own a farm, who are named White. James wasn’t suggesting we engage in the use of firearms under the eye of the Secret Service. 😉

    That’d be a really good suggestion, BTW, only we don’t own any guns. 😉

  3. Um, yes, as the moderator of this blog I must mention that James is recommending that we go to the White’s farmhouse (in western NY) to do the target practice, not the “White House.”

    If you are from the FBI and you are reading this, there’s nothing to worry about.

  4. But if y’all do go to THE White House again, that might mean another chance to see you…unless, of course, you got arrested for doing something really dumb with pumpkins….

  5. I know the White family and even I was confused! I just figured maybe all the traveling James has been doing lately has made him a bit cranky at politicians. 😉

  6. Jane, I guess you could use a winter squash recipe, but it might turn out kind of bland since those pumpkins are bred for appearance rather than taste.

    Everyone we know has given us all their leftover fall decoration pumpkins to give to the animals and they love them. You could always send them to the White house to feed the *ahem* donkeys there.
    :-p

  7. Kelly, the essential thing is that I have absolutely no desire to cut up and cook a 20 pound pumpkin for ANY reason, even were it filled with ambrosia. If it were filled with twenties, that might sway me a bit. But not for cooking anything that is just as good out of a can, in my opinion.

  8. Don’t worry Valerie, we have something close to a standing invitation to visit Maryland in the summers now. And since four days barely scratches the surface of sightseeing in The Nation’s Capital, we’ll be sure to do it again within a couple of years.

  9. did a search with the keywords.. Winter Squash Jesus… and this is where it took me…

    hope you have not been chosen as the adult to be tied up in the trunk…

  10. Lots of people have found me in different ways. I cannot imagine searching for “winter squash Jesus”, but apparently you are not the first to have done it.

    I peeked in at your blog and it looks very nice.

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