Dixie Peach: Friday Shuffle - Last Shuffle 'fore the Fat Man Arrives

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday Shuffle - Last Shuffle 'fore the Fat Man Arrives

Raise you're hand if you're all ready for the Christmas holiday to arrive! Yeah, my hand's not raised either. I still have one more present to buy.
  • I hate like sin to buy gifts for crazy Tante Gabi and milquetoast Uncle Gerald. We're not close with them except for the times when we have their company thrust upon us and I happen to find it pointless to the point of meaningless to buy gifts for them. And I've noticed that the closer it becomes to the holidays, the less of a crap I give about what I present them. That's sad. Gift giving shouldn't be done out of a sense of obligation. I don't give them junk but I care so little about it that if they didn't like it or didn't use it or even regifted it, I wouldn't care because I feel like I only went through the motions of presenting a gift.

  • Speaking of the word "gift", a couple Christmases ago my sister and her husband sent some marmalade for me to give to some friends of ours that my sister and BIL are just crazy about. It was some sort of orange/hot pepper marmalade concoction and on the label of the jar it said "A gift of Florida". Later after they had a chance to try the marmalade I asked how they liked it and the husband said "We liked it a lot. It's very spicy! I can see why they jokingly call it poison!". That's when it dawned on me that they misunderstood the meaning of the word "gift" on the label. Gift in German means poison.

  • The misunderstanding of words that are common in both English and German but have vastly different meanings happens on occasion. I'd lived in Germany for about a year when it occurred to me to ask Burkhard if he thinks "Pizza Hut" means to him "Pizza Hat" and yes, it did. Hut in German means hat. And he thought the black roof on the logo was some sort of flat, black hat akin to what a gondolier wears. I laughed for ten minutes straight when he told me that.

  • I always think the words "after shave" must freak out Germans or at least make them laugh. Go find a English to German translator and look up the word "after".

  • We've been having some crazy weather here this week. It looks like it's cloudy every day but in reality it's not regular clouds but high fog that's so thick it blots out the sun. Today the fog was lower and since the temperature is below freezing the fog freezes and covers everything in a sort of frosty fuzz. Pretty, except it so freakin' damp that the cold soaks into your bones. My joints are so stiffened up from the damp I'm walking around like a 600 year old woman.

  • The fog has also kept me from taking, for your enjoyment, pictures of the Christmas Market. But let's face it - it pretty much looks like last year's pictures.

  • I'll show you my Christmas tree, though.

Today's musical selections come from my Christmas tune folder. Bixente, put on your Santa hat and shuffle.
  1. Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming) - Melanie Thornton
  2. Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
  3. The Angels Cried - Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss
  4. Weihnachten Bin Ich Zu Haus - Roy Black
  5. O Holy Night - Il Divo
  6. Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
  7. Christmas Eve - Blackmore's Night
  8. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Aaron Neville
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland
  10. Audi Victoria - Die Prinzen
That's it for me until after Christmas. If you celebrate the holiday, I hope you have a blessed and safe Christmas filled with love and peace. If you don't, enjoy your time away from work and pray that on Christmas Day we can have a peaceful day around the world.

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Anonymous Juanita said...

This reminds me of the time, when I was a child in Germany, my relatives send some cake mix from the US. A neighborhood boy asked why they send us shit (Kacke). My mom and I almost wet our pants laughing

2:40 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

But I've been drooling over the lucious bratwurst you must be having and now not even a picture?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Merry Christmas to you Dixie. I hope it is a wonderful day and time for you. Enjoy your "Its a Wonderful Life" with B.

Now I'm off to find out what after in German means....

6:38 AM  
Blogger UmmFarouq said...

Oh, I love those cross-language words that have different meanings in different languages. I've made many a faux pas using them. Nothing like a big dollop o' poison on my toast, I say!

I never say the word "zip" or "zipper" around Arabs. I have to tell my son, "Honey, fasten your pants." Zip = not good word.

You know the red thing on the Pizza Hut sign does look like a hat. My son just recently stopped calling the restaurant "Pizza Hunt." We were always on a "hunt" for good pizza, he thought. Ha!

Have a joyous, relaxing holiday. I saw stollen in Carrefour the other day and thought of you; no idea if you like it or not, but it's so German.

8:14 AM  
Blogger sari said...

Merry Christmas to you and Burkie!

6:33 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

What a beautiful tree! Have a wonderful Christmas!


9:29 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Merry Christmas Dixie and a Happy New Year. I am looking forward to another great year of reading your blog.

5:57 PM  
Blogger hexe said...

Have a wonderful holiday!

2:49 AM  
Blogger christina said...

Merry Christmas, Dixie and B! Love your sweet tree.

After shave. Heh. And ewww. :-)

10:21 PM  
Blogger The Seeker said...

Happy Holidays!
Nice xmas tree.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Miz said...

Bable fish keeps givin me "after", what does it mean?

Hope you and B have a nice Christmas.

2:53 AM  
Blogger Princess Cat's Pajamas said...

Merry Christmas!

6:27 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Your tree is lovely, and I hope you had the merriest of Christmases.

2:18 PM  

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