Eating Halloween Candy, Filling Up My Calendar

I remember talking to someone about their day-after-Halloween tradition: with a bowl of leftover (or stolen from one’s children) candy near them, they’d sit down with their calendar and fill in all of the events that were upcoming.

This was before the internet, so they’d have a printed school schedule, memos about the office party, and their church newsletter. They’d fill in the “have to’s,” then talk as a family about the optional events.

My tradition has been a little different. It involved yelling, “That’s TONIGHT???” and feeling that nothing was optional, everything was mandatory.

So this year, I’m going to try doing things my friend’s way. Well, not the pre-internet part. But I’m going to go to the band booster web page, look at those area events I’ve clicked “interested” in on Facebook, and talk to the rest of my family about what they’d like. (Heads-up: Thanksgiving falls late this year, so it’s going to feel like Christmas is here earlier than normal.)

In case you’re interested in trying out this new tradition, I’ll post the dates for what’s upcoming at Live Oak below. Add them to your calendar, and maybe contact a friend and see if they’d like to join you for some of the fun.

And hey, don’t forget about that bowl of leftover Halloween candy. An important part of the process, in my opinion!

11/10 Fed and Informed: immediately after the second service, join us for a potluck and to hear from all the committees about their upcoming events.

11/24 Feast of Bread (worship): an annual liturgical event, on this Sunday, we each bring breads from our heritage to share with one another during the worship service.

12/8 Hanging of the Greens: at noon, we gather to decorate Live Oak for the holidays. Lunch provided.

12/8 5 pm Interfaith PJ Storytime, room 111. Join Rev. Joanna and Rabbi Rebecca Reice as we tell holiday stories.

12/14 Selfies with Santa: beginning at 10:00 am, Santa will be AT LIVE OAK. Bring your phone or camera, and we’ll help you take great pictures of your family with Santa Claus.

12/15 Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Pageant, and Congregational Meeting: the fun begins at 9:30 am. More details to come!

12/19 Blue Christmas Vespers. Thursday evening, 7 pm. The holidays aren’t always merry. Join us for a service of readings and sharing, as we acknowledge the sadness some of us are carrying.

12/21 Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk: celebrate the winter solstice with this guided walk out on our labyrinth.

12/24 Christmas Eve Service 6 pm. Music, readings, and candlelight – join us for this sacred and joy-filled service.

12/31 New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk. Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new on this guided walk.