Monday, December 19, 2011

Seven Random Christmas Things

You can thank   blame Joan at Reflections of His Grace  for this post.  Not long ago, she gave me the Tell Me About Yourself award and another opportunity to share 7 random things about Debbie. Thanks, Joan!  In the spirit of the season, I decided to do mine with a Christmas theme. 

So here ya go, seven completely random
  Christmas facts on Wheels.

1. I was a Christmas baby. Well, technically, I was a Christmas Eve baby. I was born on a cold and snowy Christmas Eve in 1961. That would be 50 years ago this year in case you missed the other 400 times I've mentioned it. 

Yes, I said snowy. I wasn't born in Georgia, you see. The Legend of Debbie begins in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. And yes, it's a legend. Some babies are born; others are born with a yakabout.    
As the story goes, the Duchess woke that morning to tell-tale twinges which shouldn't have surprised her since I was already nine days overdue. Apparently, she felt that since I had waited that long, I could jolly well wait until the Christmas rush was over. She didn't tell a soul that she was in labor for hours hoping it was another false alarm.   

Which tells you two things:

The Duchess has been trying to control me my entire life, 
and my entire life,
 I have been utterly uncontrollable. 

They say that the doctor and nurses stood at the window and watched as Dad tried to defy gravity up the slippery slope called Hospital Hill. According to the Legend of Debbie, the good doctor had satchel in hand and was prepared for a case of  vehicular delivery when Dad gave it one final burst and delivered us to the top in the nick of time.  

Go Dad.  

2. I always wanted to have a Christmas name like Holly or Noel, but every other name in our family, including those of my parents, starts with the letter D. Try as they might, all they could think of was Dasher, Dancer, Donner, or Ding-a-ling.

And so, I'm Debbie.

3. At nearly 50, I still love those Rankin-Bass Christmas claymations.  My favorite one is  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. My favorite character is  Hermey, the elf with mall bangs who wanted to be a dentist.

My favorite line? 
        Yukon Cornelius: We'll have to outwit the fiend with our superior intelligence
        Rudolph: How?
        Yukon: Douse your nose and run like crazy!   

4. My favorite Christmas gift of all time was a tambourine. I wanted one so that I could do the tambourine hip bounce like Betty on the Archie Show. I can still do it and will show anyone who asks. 
No one ever asks.

5. I believe that The 12 Days of Christmas is an action song and should be performed as such. If you’ve never acted it out, I highly recommend it. There is no better way to work off the Christmas fudge than shaking your groove thing to six geese a-laying. 

6. I make the most delicious sugar free Christmas cocoa on the planet, and I’m very humble about it too.

7.  I'm obsessed with the Elf Yourself videos from Office Max and make random videos to email to the husband on the road. Just in case I haven't embarrassed my girls enough in their lives, I've elfed the three of us to finish my random list. In case you can't tell, I'm the blond with the slightly detached bobblehead.  

So that's it, folks, 7 random Christmas things about me.
What's the most random Christmas thing about you? 

 I'm hoping to post one more time before the week is out, 
but just in case I don't...
Merry Christmas. 


Denise said...

Just watched the video and I am doubled over with laughter! That was a great way to start my Monday morning. I had to watch it twice to make sure that was really Miss Practical with you and Miss Whimsy! Who knew Miss Whimsy could shimmy like that?

I think at some point this week we need to reenact the Twelve Days of Christmas. Maybe Wednesday? You could add the tambourine dance, too. I'm asking...

Great post, as usual. I hope you never run out of humor. What will we do?

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I love your seven randoms Debbie! Those Elf yourself videos are great. You should have made us one:) Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday too!

Barbara F. said...

This was too funny! I loved learning the seven different Christmas facts. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a very Happy Birthday! The Big 5-Oh!! ((hugs) xo

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I just love this........I am laughing, and just shouting Happy Birthday...welcome to 50! I am also so envious of your wonderful way with words...what a gift God has given you. You are a jewel and I thank God right now for giving you to the bloggy community and to the body of Christ...we are all blessed.

Love your list...thanks for creatively sharing.

Gaby said...

You are hysterical!

Debbie said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your list! Happy birthday! And welcome to the 50's! I too made one of those elf yourself videos too the other day....sooo funny. Glad I have discovered your blog. I am looking forward to many visits in 2012....In case I am not back this week...Merry Christmas to you too, and may the Lord richly bless you in the New Year! HUGS!

Tricia said...

Great post, Debbie! You've put a smile on my face, despite the fact that I'm at work this morning (when everyone else seems to be on vacation). Happy Christmas Eve birthday -- what a fun story about your mom trying to make you wait till after Christmas to arrive!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Well, well, well... There are a few surprises here! It's nice to "see" you and your girls. :-) This was such a fun post and a great bit of laughter for us all this morning! I hope you have a wonderful birthday week and a precious celebration of Christ's birth.

To answer your question: I'm not sure I'm very "random" at Christmas, but one thing that's a bit different in our family is that we put the biggest, shiniest red apple we can find out on the front porch on Christmas Eve -- for Rudolph. (Of course, that's after everyone in the family has taken a turn 'polishing' it with a cuptowel.) The little ones love it! And they love finding the apple core the next morning... :-)

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh my goodness! Thanks for the laugh out loud elf video. I haven't seen one of these yet, but I love it! I thoroughly enjoyed your 7 random facts too. Ding-a-ling, huh? Big smiles!!!!

Crickit said...

First of all, thank you so much for sharing your Elf video! (Tee-Hee... oh wait it was more like Ahhh Haaa haaa!) Thanks also for sharing your 7 Random Things about you. My husband is also a BIG Fan of the Rudolph Movie... he loves when Hermey exclaims, "I want to be a dentist!"

The most random Christmas thing about me is that when I see something in a store that reminds me of Christmas as a child, I have to buy it. Such was the case was this weekend. I went into the Dollas Store and what did my eyes Behold?! But cans of "old fashioned" Christmas Candy. The colorful hard candy that my Grandmother used to have in her clear etched glass candy dish, with lid. Believe it or not...the "same" candy dishes were displayed right below the boxes of candy! Of course! So, in my basket they went and my sister's also! :)

Crickit said...

I mean "Dollar" store.

elizabeth said...

I LOVE it! Thanks for the smiles today!

Ruby Jean said...

Oh so FUNNY... I cracked up at the DING-A-Ling part... I hope that's okay... :) And doesn't everybody LOVE those old fashioned Claymations...It just wouldn't be the same without them... Have a VERY Happy Birthday a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!

Ann said...

I'm changing your name. It is now officially "Dang it, Debbie!"

YOU NEED TO SEND THIS TO A MAGAZINE for publishing ala: Erma Bombeck! I'm NOT kidding! If you don't, I will send nasty notes via this blog to your sister to send it in on your behalf!

YOU are hilarious and have a fantastic way with words! YOU CAN make a living off your writing!

And in case I don't get a chance to say it later Happy Birthday ... the 50's aren't that bad! AND Merry Christmas to you, the Duchess, your girls and your guy!


Angel said...

This is great Debbie! Love the Elf dance with you and your daughters and I too am a fan of Hermy. Thanks for sharing the Legend of Debbie birth story. I'm looking forward to the movie version. :)

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

The Duchess hasn't made too many mistakes, but she should have named you, "Dancer!" I'm so impressed with your video. I would appreciate seeing you do the tambourine hip bounce like Betty on the Archie Show, and I am asking here, so please enlist the coeds for their help. That would complete my merriment this Christmas!

I'm sending lots of hugs your way for your 50th happy, happy birthday. May the coming year be full of all good things and may you smile and laugh as much as I have over your fabulous posts here. xoxo

Kathryn Ross said...

WHY do you have to live soooo far away?? What damage we could do in the "jolly holiday" department let lose on an unsuspecting public!

Kindred spirits are soooo best! Loved the elf yourself - need to do one for a laugh this year. My daughter did it in the past with all of us. Maybe I'll use my grandbaby's face for fun!

Rudolph was always my favorite - but I liked the little dolly best. Still have very clear memories planted in front of the TV watching it - and Charlie Brown - each year, wishing it didn't have to end because I'd have to wait a whole year to see them again! Got them on DVD now - and actually had planned to watch them tonight while crafting for this weekend.

I'm sick today - called out of school. First sick day in two years! Really beat up after two weeks of mounting 300 kids onstage under the most stressful production atmosphere ever!
Getting a head start on the handmade gifts - if less than a week from Christmas can be considered a head start! Ed starts his physical therapy this afternoon so will be dashing out with him there - he should be back to work in the new year. Herniated disk taking a full two months it looks like - workman's comp. to foot the bill - thankfully.

I'll be posting my teatime - and the further adventures of my Pageant Wagon Village characters getting it together for Christmas day! Wish I could muster a paycheck from all my whimsey.

But - you just check this out - new project for 2012-2013 school year launching in January with five other women - totally the Lord - amazing story - post coming soon - sneak peek for you!

Love ya!

Kathleen said...

Soo enjoyed this post and the elf video. Never seen one of them before. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Marydon said...

What a great way to start the week. TY for the smiles & memories.
Merry Christmas

Carol said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Debbie!
I never could tell if the elf's name was Hermey or Herbie, from the way it was pronounced, and goodness knows I've been watching it lo these 50 past years!
Now I know exactly when your birthday is, so Happy, Happy Birthday!
What a delightful 7 random things about you!

Christine said...

You are too funny for words!

Merry Christmas!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Debbie, I don't think I have ever seen a picture of are gorgeous~~ and sooo young! I hate my name and it has a Christmas ring to it!

Merry Christmas Carol....get it?

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Thanks for the hint about the 12 Days of Christmas... I've been trying to shake that fudge off for years:@)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hey...Debbie is a nice name...although it seems to fit a 60s cheerleader better than me! lol Fun facts! Merry Christmas!...hugs...Debbie

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Happy Birthday!! You made a neat Elf video...I quickly made one of my 2 kids and me. It is neat to make them.
You are funny with the D names!

Chatty Crone said...

Okay Holly - spill your sugar free hot cocoa recipe or else. sandie

Sonja said...

I can't think of anyone who makes me laugh out loud quicker than you do! This is so much fun, just the reading and picturing of what you describe makes me laugh...

I'm so glad we have met through these pages. Your humor, but even more, your heart, have drawn me here every time, and I am so blessed to call you friend!

Merry CHristmas to you and each of the fun named dear ones in your family. Looking forward to more in 2012.


Joan said...

Love your list and you have me laughing...

I also love Rudolph - it just wouldn't be Christmas without watching it at least once.

And if I don't "see" you in blogland this week, Merry Christmas AND Happy Birthday. You know life begins at 50. :)

Shanee said...

Happy Early Birthday and Merry Christmas! It makes my day when I read your blog :)

Sue said...

First of all, thanks for reminding me about Elf yourself. Yours is hilarious and I just made a quick one for the grands. They will love it.
It was so fun to find out your "birth" story. I think it is so fun that you can trace both your mom and your personalities back to the Beginning!!
I hope you have a wonderful birthday and aren't you the lucky one to share it with Jesus!!
Many blessings to you as you enter the "Fun" years aka the 50's.
Merry Christmas Debbie

Sharlotte said...

this is so funny! I had my 50th in August and it wasn't so bad. Happy Birthday! I'll be thinking of you! {Loved the Elf video!}

Maryann said...

You do have a way with words, I really enjoyed your birth story, Oh and as soon as I get done here I am making one of those elf videos and sending it to my youngest son....(he already thinks we are a little off)
If I don't get back here this week have a very Happy Birthday...for the most part I have enjoyed my 50's (I've been here awhile)
Merry Christmas

Lynn Richards said...

I just KNEW I liked you.
I would definitely like to see you play the tambourine. Can we watch Scooby-Doo when you are finished?
Our favorite lines from Rudolph are (mine) "I'm CUTE, I'm CUUUUTTTEEE" and (doug's) "I want to be a dentist".
I have to tell you that I won 6 c.d.'s from our local christian radio station, because I called in and sang the Twelve Days of Christmas from seven on down. On air. I did not have to do motions. A friend of mine asked if I have to pay taxes on the c.d.'s and I said, "heck no. I'm waiting for my royalties check..."
I really think we need to get together.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVED this Debbie!! LOL! I'm still chuckling over the hoedown in the barn elf dance!! Made me remember the one I did of Evan; our dog, Tess; our cat, Velvet; and myself years ago. Too fun!! And, in case I don't get back again until after Christmas, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Eve baby!! blessings to you and yours! tanna

Dianne said...

Enjoyed this so much--

AND NOW you must share your cocoa recipe with us--PLEASE!!

and a very Merry Christmas to you--give the duchess my love!

Kelley said...

I loved this! Let's me get to know you betta!

Merry Christmas!
3:08 am (Manila)

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

This post was so funny -- loved reading the seven random Christmas facts! :) We also love Rudolph at our house, and I have always loved How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Charlie Brown Christmas. Such sweet, sweet shows.

The story about your birth is soooo funny. I'm just glad you're Debbie and not Ding-a-Ling. And the Elf Yourself video is hilarious. Your girls are definitely more accommodating than our son would be. :)

Thanks for your visit and for your kind comments on my post. I saw your post with your white and gold nativity set, and I thought it was beautiful. Had a great laugh at the "two kings of Orient are". My set was made in China, too. What isn't these days? Have a Blessed Christmas Debbie.


Canadagirl said...

Your cocoa sounds wonderful. Wish I could sample it while chatting at the table together.

Blessings and ((HUGS))

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Debbie, I'm so glad your dad got up the hill and got you delivered so you could be here to make us laugh and brighten our days. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!!------------ Shannon

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A fun post! Loved the video and so happy to finally see your face! All three of you are sooo pretty!!

Happy Christmas Eve Birthday! I think she should have named you "Eve" but then it doesn't start with a D! My grandmother was born on Christmas Day and she was so special - something special about Christmas babies!


Dayle said...

We have lots in common, my friend! Loved, loved the elf video (and seeing your gorgeous self... hello!). The Man has been a bit obsessed with the elfing videos too, and I've created a couple that make me laugh out loud. Of course, we included the dog in ours. :)

Merry Christmas, dear Debbie!

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my word! That video is hilarious! My niece and daughter were talking about those yesterday. I've never seen one. I am so sheltered.

You've got me really curious about your tambourine hip shake.

Sharon said...

OK, it's hard to comment on much of anything right now - I have very nearly wet myself laughing at the Elf video! And, of course, you know that this cowgirl enjoyed the whole barn dance theme. Hysterical...

1. Yes, I know Mrs. 50. Good for Dad.
2. You could have had other Christmas names like Mistletoe or Eggnog. Debbie is good.
3. I've always though Hermey kinda resembles Conan O'Brien.
4. I'm asking - Hey, Mrs. Tambourine Girl, play a song for me.
5. This I would love to see - lords a'leapin would be good too.
6. You temptress, you.
7. As I said, one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

Love you, buddy - wishing you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

soooo I had to stop by to wish you a blessed Christmas and am laughing sooo hard, thank you ! It has been a very tough month Sweetie slipped on the stairs so we had a great nite in the ER (he had a small break but mostly bruised and sore),our heat went kaput, part of our roof is falling down, all 4 kittehs had to go to the vet, the battery died in his truck, and someone drained my credit card (over 1K) just this week.
Soooo here I came to give you a blessing and instead you blessed me ... (())

Rettabug said...

How wonderful to have a Christmas Eve birthday, Debbie! You must have felt so special, growing up with all the happiness around you at this wonderful time of year.
My first grandchild was born on Dec. 26th...DD was in labor all of Christmas day.

I really enjoyed seeing all your decorations as well as those of your sister & Mom. You guys really go all out!! ♥♥♥

Have a wonderfully Blessed & Merry CHRISTmas with your whole family!

Kelli said...

I so enjoyed reading about you! Elf yourself is a tradition around here too. The kids can't wait to do it each year. You were the best Christmas present ever to your parents. I would love to have a steaming cup of your delicious hot cocoa while listening to you play a tambourine! HUGS and have a very MERRY CHRISTmas!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

OK, if I would have paid attention to what I was reading during that part I would have seen you did make us one LOL! I love it Debbie. Glad you liked your are very sweet and obviously loved out here. I know it is a strange thing to have all these virtual peeps in our lives. However, I tell my husband some of you know me better than my friends here even do, and that is truth of the matter. So there is something to be said for it all, and I would not change a thing I do or say here. Have a blessed and very Happy Birthday and a wonderful 2012.

Sue said...

Happy Birthday ~ and Merry Christmas Debbie.
I pray your 2012 is filled with blessings for you and your sweet family.

Carol said...

Debbie, Debbie, Debbie!
You have your comments off on this, your blessed 50th birthday, so I will wish you Happy Birthday here, on your previous post.
As you know, I turned 50 in the spring, and I've got to tell you it has been one of the best ages ever! (I was dreading it)
Welcome to the 50's and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Debbie, how I love reading your posts! Your sense of humor just makes my day! and how I wish I could have been part of the birthday card surprise. As one of my favorite bloggers, I would have loved to have sent you b'day wishes. But, since I wasn't in that group of sneaky bloggers, I'll wish you a belated happy birthday now. (By the way, turning 50 doesn't sound so bad when you've reached my age!) Wishing you a wonderful 2012, my invisible friend in the computer. Hugs, Laurie

Kathleen said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Debbie! How sweet to get all those loving wishes from the bloggers, you surely deserve them.
I hope you had a wonderful Cmas, and I wish you many blessings in 2012!
Sorry I have been mia of late, but the holiday preps took all my time! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, you! I hope you are having a wonderful time wherever you are. My computer is finally up and running, and I wanted to drop by and wish you a Happy, Happy Belated Birthday!

You are one of my favorite bloggers, and I love you to pieces. Hope this year is very good to you. I'm on my way to the next milestone, so fifty looks like a breeze now! :-)



Knitty said...

I so agree about blessings over luck! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Marlis said...

So.. comments are off. but I've heard you've been a bit blue, so I bring you a greeting just for you! Belated happy birthday, a blessed new year, and a hope that your dreams come true! xo marlis

Canadagirl said...

Ohhh Debbie I would love if you copy cat-ed me on the Years Reflection Post. If you do please let me know you did. I would love love love to read it.

Blessings and ((HUGS))

Nezzy said...

Sorry girl, I just can't let ya have the last word today. I've gotta congratulate you on all your blessings! Woohoo!

The bag is wonderful but the surprise is truly a gift!

I know what you mean. I too get told those people are no real but those people came forth with tons of presents, prayers and cards when Angel (Kid in my Kid's Church) fought cancer. Cards and prayers came floodin' in when I lost my Daddy and then when I couldn't shake the shingles.

What a wonderful support system I for one have found in my unseen friends.

'Just sayin'....

God bless ya and I hope you had a beautiful birthday sweetie!!! :o)


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