No posts for five days . . . holidays and blogging don’t seem to mix. But after three days of trying to drum up conversation with aunts, uncles, BILs, SILs, and the like, surely some of you are ready to sneak off for some online sanity. Let’s compare notes: (1) Did you have a white Christmas? (2) Were LDS services at your holiday destination even duller than the usual three-hour tour of Mormon storytelling?
White Christmas? Yes, and then some. I’m north of the border, where they say things like “it’s minus 17″ (with a shifted zero) rather than something intelligible like “ten degrees above zero.” Sunday morning I put on mukluks, gloves, and two coats, then spent twenty minutes digging out the car, first with a broom, then with the brush, then with the ice scraper. Up here, you plug in the car not to recharge the battery on your hybrid, but just to keep it alive through the night. Global warming is not a threat here, it’s a prayer. There are seventy channels on cable, and my favorite is the continuous shot of logs burning in a fireplace, with deep orange flame and crackling logs. At least there’s a steady stream of great food and tasty desserts to carry me through New Year’s. To pass the time, I’m learning to read Egyptian hieroglyphics and successfully defending my title as ping pong champion of the extended clan. Next year I’ll dream of a warm Christmas.
Church? I think there’s a teaching crisis in the Church. Granted, a sample size of two doesn’t give me a lot to work with, but I’ve noticed a trend downward for several years now. Maybe it’s “Correlation,” maybe it’s a more general narrowing of the curriculum, maybe it’s a change in what teachers try to do. I have noticed how much emphasis there is on missionary work and home teaching (easy statistics to track) but so little concern with the quality of what goes out over the pulpit in Sacrament Meeting and what is taught in classes (no easy way to measure declining quality). Anyway, that’s what I noticed on the holiday tour this year. And you?