From: Donna Banta
Subject: Our Family's Christmas
Millie Loomis's recent e-mail about her family's Thanksgiving prompted the San Francisco post-Mormons to explore new ways to celebrate the holidays. While spending Christmas with the believing LDS family may be traditional, it is not exactly merry and bright. At times, TBM family gatherings can reduce a gentle, reason-loving ex-Mormon into a hysterical, head-banging nut-job.
Monaghans on the Hill, with its superior food and full bar! Mark and I bailed on visiting the temple grounds after. But the others reported that the lights looked amazingly good after a few cocktails, and the conversation with the missionaries flowed nicely as well.
|"God only knows" where we'd be|
The performance of O Holy Night -- worth four times the admission price.
The chorus director's introduction of the theme from Big Love that included a mention of "those crazy Mormons" -- priceless.
Then on Christmas day, instead of piling into our cars and heading to the usual creamed soup/jell-o extravaganzas, we hung at our house for a Post-Mormon Christmas Dinner. It was laid back, with very few decorations, although I did put up the usual tribute to our (former) Savior.
Psst, Abbottsville Fourth Ward, come hang with us on New Year's Eve. You know you want to!