Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Let Me Start Off by Saying...

Sorry for the delay. Boy have I been busy! After cleaning my house twice before Family Game night on Saturday (you don't want to know why I had to clean twice...), hosting Family Game Night (a raging success, from what the critics are saying...), cleaning again on Sunday and then decorating for Xmas that same day, then talking to Tamie for what I can only say sarcastically was quite some time on Monday after work, nursing poor Richie back to health from a nasty nasty cold... well, you kind of get the idea...
But throughout these past few days, two very interesting topics came up which I feel need addressed in the public arena:
  1. Witches, and
  2. Jesus Birthday Cakes,
and not necessarily in that order.

Let us start with Jesus' Birthday Cake, shall we? It came up, as these things often do, by a conversation with either my mother or Rich's mother. I'm not sure were this one originated from, but I'm thinking it had something to do with the Diehl family trying to arrange a time for the Xmas get-together. So there we are, Monday night, having just rung off with Tamie, and Rich says (his nasal passages blocked, remember, due to the nasty nasty cold...)

Rich: Are we gobing to sing habby birfday to Jebus?
Me: What do you want to do to Jesus?
Rich: Have a Jebus birfday cake. You know, sing habby birfday to him?
Me: Why would we do that?
Rich: Welb, it's a trabition in your fambily and mine...
Me: And?
Rich: Since we arebn't goibing to be seeing them on Chribmas day, I thoughb we should do it ourselbes...
Me: A) You don't know yet if we're going to be seeing them or not, and B) if indeed you do wish a "birfday cake" for "Jebus," I'll make you one, but you'll be singing solo.
Rich: Oh...
Me: (Sigh.) What?
Rich: Nubbin.
Me: Yes, something. What's the matter?
Rich: I jub thing it woulb be nice to do. It ibs the reabon for the season, you know...
Me: A) No, it isn't. It happens to be some people's, no matter how faulty or misconstrued, but it is not THE reason. B) If it'll make you happy, fine, we'll both sing, but I'm singing to Carl in Singapore whose birthday is also December 25th.
Rich: Whobse Carl?
Me: Never mind. Listen, if it turns out no one makes you a Jebus cake--
Rich: Stob making fun ob my cold!
Me: I'll make you a Jebus cake...
Now, when we get closer to the winter solstice, I'll give you all the true low-down on the church's stealing of pagan holidays and such to "spread the message" of Jebus, but until then, I'll just let this one go for now as lunch is half-way over and I still have to cover
WITCHES:
My mom thinks there may be a witch in the family (through boyfriend/girlfriend type stuff, not blood) and she made it quite clear this was not a Glinda-type witch from Wizard of Oz but a green one. Of course, we both paused when she said this and had a great laugh, but when we conversed a little further, a few points of interest came up:
  1. spells
  2. green skin
I'm sorry, but I don't see a difference between "casting a spell" and "praying for someone." What is the difference? So the fundie doesn't boil Bat Wings and Eyeball of Newt over a great big fire in the woods at night (and, if you know any witches, they'll get very pissed at this stereotypical picture of what they do to cast a spell!), but basically, both the witch and the fundie are sending out a wish on a hope and a prayer, hoping their respective Flying Spaghetti Monsters will honor them in a way that makes we earthlings a little happier. Of course, you could expound different doctrines or belief systems, but, boiled down, they are the exact same action. Appealing to a Great Sky God in the hopes that someone or something is listening (whatever you think the great sky god may be...) and that your wish, your hope, your dreams, will be granted. Am I wrong or am I right?

As a side thought, wouldn't it be nice if people did come color-coded? So you could tell who was a raging bible-thumper and who was just a Concerned Citizen for Jebus? Of course, we haven't done that well dealing with the colors we do already come in, so maybe we'll just pass on that idea....

As I said, as Xmas gets closer, we'll discuss the holiday's originations and what it started out as a celebration of, but if you have any thoughts to add about either topic at this time, I promise I'll be around to respond to comments (if needed...) tomorrow or perhaps even tonight, depending on if someone is feeling up to decorating our naked Xmas tree...

Catch you all later!

6 comments:

mom said...

hello jason, this is your mom and get something straight here, i just said i thought this person maybe could be a witch since it is almost like this person is making people do certain things and say certain things. i really don't think this person is but just wanted to add this. and i do believe in the supernatural stuff and wouldn't want to mess with that stuff. and no it wasn't me who thought about the Jesus cake even if i did come from a grandmother that did that. i happen to not do it since i feel in my heart i celebrate that Jesus was born and died and rose again all year long and i don't think God really cares if we do that or not once a year. i don't down anyone that does that but it isn't part of my thing even if i am a fundie and proud of it. but to get back to the witch thing i was trying to figure out why this person was doing stuff and my mind goes all different directions and that was just one direction that you decided to blog about which is ok. you will get some interesting feedback i am sure. you always seem to. i am glad your family is giving you good stuff to blog about. :) i just hope this person that is doing wierd stuff will let some of my loved ones alone soon. my loved ones are not dealing with a whole deck of cards anyway and this all does not help. i am praying for them all and i do know that others who read this who are fundies i would appreciate prayers for my loved ones also. i am brewing some tea right now. what does that make me i wonder!!?? :) :) love and prayers

Darkmind said...

I've never heard of a Jesus cake. Sounds odd since he won't be eating any of it. Wouldn't that be like making a cake for Abraham Lincoln on February 12th? Aren't both of them dead? Maybe you should get Jesus a card too, and a new robe, and maybe some neosporin and ace bandages for those nail holes. I'm sure he would appreciate it! BWA HA HA HA!!!!

There may not be any difference between casting a spell and saying a prayer, but wicca and christianity...like night and day!! I did some research on it and found that witchcraft is way more awesome. They don't proselytize, they are accepting of others beliefs and cultures, thier only rules are don't harm yourself and don't harm others, they don't have a Hell, they have no limitations on sexuality, they do not have strict worship requirements or tithes, and they realize that it is impossible to 'know' thier higher powers (god and goddess). Sure it is all a bunch of hocus-pocus (no pun intended) but if I were choosing a religion, wicca sounds alot more attractive than christanity...

FCSuper said...

Witches doing mind control? Although witches do believe they can influence events and people through their spells (same as those who prayer, just in a different form as Jason mentioned), they generally try to act in a way that is more leaning to the positive, helping others or at the very least, trying to not hurt others. I had a relationship with a wiccan for awhile. You wouldn't be able to pick her out in a crowd or even give a first thought that she was a practicing witch. Pretty much the only way you'd know a person is a practicing witch is if the topic of faith comes up and you ask them about theirs. So if you suspect someone is a witch simply by interaction with others, it's a very good chance they are not. More likely they are a person (without regard to religion) who knows how to manipulate others through social queues. I personally have fun with the Jedi Mind trick once in while (not in an effort to control others, but just to have interesting things happen hehe). It can be funny how the power of suggestion works.
::waves hand::
You like witches.

lol

Ann said...

There's a witch in the family?!?! Oh wait, I can guess who it is... ;-) Yes, game night was a success. Did you have fun eating the rest of the ice cream cake I accidently on purposely left in your freezer? Love you.

Jason Hughes said...

Mom: you're always good for interesting feedback! :D I just thought it was funny (esp. since I mostly inhereted your mind-pattern for wondering strange things that seem very off-topic!) so thought I'd share it!

Darkmind: Yeah, grandmom would make a green Xmas tree-shaped cake and we'd all sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and then eat the cake. It is odd, don't get me wrong here, but odd is only as odd as what you experienced growing up, I suppose. I think t would be odd to eat goat for dinner, but there you go! And you are right about most wiccans being a lot more accepting of alternate lifestyles than, say, your average Southern Baptist, but of course, within all groups there are "fundies," even the wiccans!

FCSuper: I also dated a wiccan once! :D It didn't last very long, but it was certainly an enlightening time, as I had only ever heard of the "evil" witches in Sunday School and church! Nothing opens the mind quite like a significant other of a very different belief system!

Hmm, suddenly I love witches... and the force...

Ann: The great was frickin' awesome! And do you know who the "witch" is? I'll give you three guesses... :D

mom said...

hello jason, this is your mom and get something straight here, i just said i thought this person maybe could be a witch since it is almost like this person is making people do certain things and say certain things. i really don't think this person is but just wanted to add this. and i do believe in the supernatural stuff and wouldn't want to mess with that stuff. and no it wasn't me who thought about the Jesus cake even if i did come from a grandmother that did that. i happen to not do it since i feel in my heart i celebrate that Jesus was born and died and rose again all year long and i don't think God really cares if we do that or not once a year. i don't down anyone that does that but it isn't part of my thing even if i am a fundie and proud of it. but to get back to the witch thing i was trying to figure out why this person was doing stuff and my mind goes all different directions and that was just one direction that you decided to blog about which is ok. you will get some interesting feedback i am sure. you always seem to. i am glad your family is giving you good stuff to blog about. :) i just hope this person that is doing wierd stuff will let some of my loved ones alone soon. my loved ones are not dealing with a whole deck of cards anyway and this all does not help. i am praying for them all and i do know that others who read this who are fundies i would appreciate prayers for my loved ones also. i am brewing some tea right now. what does that make me i wonder!!?? :) :) love and prayers