On the 10 day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 Christmas words. The following are my favorite ten words used only this time of year. Hey, it's Wednesday why aren't you working on your sermon? I am! These words and others will be used in my introduction Sunday. Consider this research.
1. Wassail - don't really know anything about it, but I know it's an only Christmas thing. No one ever has a July fourth cookout with hotdogs, chips and wassail!
2. Prancer - make your own joke here.
3. reindeer - There really are reindeer, but they may as well be unicorns for all we care. No one ever talks about them in any other context but flying Santa around...unless you've had too much of the next word...
4. Egg nog - Personally I've never had it. I know the joke is to spike it, but who wants spiked eggs (or nog for that matter). I think it's the "nog" part that really scares me away from this. What is nog?
5. fruit cake - Again, this lends to the idea that there are really only about 1,000 fruit cakes world wide and they get re-circulated every Christmas. Have you ever witnessed anyone actually eating a fruit cake? Nope, but you hear about them every Christmas. Great for door stops if you need one.
6. jolly - The one time of year when a belly being compared to jelly is a sign of jolliness. When Santa is in the Bahamas in a swimsuit jolly isn't the world that comes to mind!
7. holly - I like that I rhymed the last two words (simple mind - simply entertained). Seriously though, where does holly grow? You never see it until December and then it's everywhere. Note: If your name is Holly, then this is a word you probably hear year-round.
8. Gingerbread. Only during this season can you get a girly "gingerbread latte" and not get laughed at. Hey it's Christmas. Also, what other time of year can you eat a house?
9. Frankincense. Don't know why, but I think I'd like this best of all the gifts for baby Jesus. Maybe it's because it sounds like Frankenstein, but I don't think they are related.
10. Yule log. A family in our church has us over every year for a cake and ice cream yule log - very tasty and more edible than the real thing!
For seven spiritual Christmas words from Luke 2 come to Eastview this Sunday at 9:00 or 11:00 or hit the web eastviewchurch.net and download the sermon.