Christmas 2016– Review

Try to keep up. I am busy doing nothing, so I don’t have time to belabor my review points.

  1. I learned that Ralphie is left handed. I must have watched the movie A Christmas Story a thousand times, but last night was the first time I noticed the protagonist yearning for a BB gun is left handed. It fits his dreamy imaginative personality. I like that detail.

    Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine
  2. Butch Gregory received a Christmas card this year from Wyoming Wallace. Inside the card was an exhortation relate to my most recent novel, How Great is The Darkness. That was pretty cool.
  3. The pastoral rust is not completely off yet. I was reminded of what I knew so well back in the day–no matter how much you review it around a table, special worship services require more attention–usually a run through. I failed to insist on that, and the result was a candlelight service that was far less than what the kind folks of Fellowship deserve. I will do better next year.
  4. I think I finally found a pie crust recipe that works for me. My Christmas pecan pie was much, much better than my Thanksgiving one. Very pleased.
  5. The keyboard alignment on MacBook Air is slightly to the right of a PC laptop. I know this because Mrs. Greenbean spoiled me rotten this year.
  6. For reasons I can’t readily explain, December 26th is so much more enjoyable to me than December 25.
  7. Christmas continues the sadness of loss this year. We lost David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, and then Christmas morning one more–my coffeepot. On Christmas morning, of all days. The indicator lights all came on, but nothing happened. I troubleshot it for about ten minutes before realizing all hope was lost. Fortunately, I also French press, and that tastes so delicious I might just keep using the low-tech method. Nevertheless, farewell beloved black twelve cup Mr. Coffee drip coffeepot. You will be missed. RIP.

Christmas Cards


We made a big decision this year.

For the first time in our marriage, Mrs. Greenbean and I are not sending out Christmas cards. It was a hard choice, because over the years we’ve had a lot of fun doing it. In the early years we sent out boxed ones with hand written messages. As the list grew, we went to photograph infused cards. Then, sometime around 2000ish we embarked on my favorite era–personally created cards. These cards included story, artwork, jokes and all kinds of things that each of the four Greenbeans contributed.

Around 2009 we went back to the picture cards.

Our list grew over the whole 50 states, and it was costing us several hundred dollars to make the cards and then mail them, not to mention the effort.

And all the while, we were receiving an ever-smaller number of Christmas cards. People stopped mailing them. Most of the cards we receive now are from businesses who ‘appreciate’ us.

Christmas cards were invented to stay in contact with people whom you don’t have contact with–people you wouldn’t see on Christmas but wished you could. The prevalence of social media, particularly the ubiquitous Facebook, allows us to communicate that to people far easier, cheaper, and more personally than a Christmas card.

Therefore, we made a digital card just like previous years, but are putting it on the various social medias. The card has photos of us on vacation in Destin, Florida, me and the girls at Dairy Queen, the idiot dog, Phoebe getting her driver’s permit, and Belle in her East Texas Baptist University marching band uniform. We wish you and yours the happiest and merriest of Christmases, a prosperous and meaningful New Year, and most of all spiritual fulfillment as you seek the Lord.

Merry Christmas!