I'M NOT QUITE sure what to say," my friend said cautiously as she eyed our family's holiday light display.
"It's so " Her voice trailed off as she struggled to find the words. "It's just so garish. Yeah, that's the word I was looking for -- garish."
I sat there stunned. What could she possible mean? Garish? Couldn't she see the art? Didn't she feel the soul of my work? The message of the season?
"For one thing, you've apparently confused the Star of Bethlehem with the Star of David. I believe that's politically incorrect on so many levels," she continued, as she gingerly stepped through a lattice of bright orange extension cords.
Philistine, I thought. How could she miss the ecumenical message of my manger scene?
"And why are the three Wise Men bearing gifts from Nike and the Kathy Lee Gifford Sporty Separates Collection? Why does Joseph have $300 and a Wal-Mart bag in his hand?" she asked.
She paused in the driveway where a plastic reindeer was strapped to the front of my husband's truck bumper with duct tape -- an obvious statement against deer hunting.
"Do you people hate little children? This looks like some crazed Elmer Fuddish hunter ran amok in the North Pole with a four-wheel-drive Chevy," she cried as she retreated to her tastefully decorated home ablaze with sterile white mini-lights and red velvet bows.
My family stood together watching her flee. Some people just can't relax and enjoy the holidays.
Ho, ho, Glen Burnie.
Praise for car show
Last fall, the Motor Vehicle Administration headquarters in Glen Burnie was host to hundreds of classic car owners and fans at two car shows sponsored by the Lost in the '50s Custom Car Club. Profits from the shows were donated to two area charities: the Anne Arundel County Special Olympics and the Salvation Army.
At a ceremony Dec. 9, Special Olympics director Jane Harkaway and Salvation Army Capt. Diane Shingleton joined club President Richard Mooney to present MVA Administrator Ronald Freeland with plaques showing their appreciation for the use of the facility.
Bob Saunders, MVA liaison for the two shows, reported the Oct. 20 event raised $8,000 for the Special Olympics. A similar show on Nov. 17 raised $6,000 for the Salvation Army in spite of inclement weather. In addition, toys and nonperishable food items were donated.
As Christmas nears, several area churches have announced a schedule of holiday events.
Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, will welcome the holidays with several musical presentations.
The Choralier Choir will present a selection of holiday songs at 7 p.m. Friday at the Marley Station center court.
Younger members of the congregation take to the stage with a concert of the Youth Choir and Bells at Sunday's worship services.
The Cherub Choir will perform the musical "Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies" at the 7: 30 p.m. family services Christmas Eve.
A candlelight service at 10: 30 p.m. Christmas Eve will feature the Celebration Choir and Chancel Choir.
For information, call 766-4338.
The congregation of Messiah United Methodist Church is planning two Christmas Eve services. A family service is scheduled for 6: 30 p.m., followed by a Christmas candlelight service at 11 p.m.
The church is at 7401 Furnace Branch Road. For information, call 761-1944.
Holiday worship at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church includes three Christmas Eve services.
The Family Christmas Service at 4 p.m. includes many familiar Christmas hymns and carols. Holy Communion will be offered.
The Primary and Junior Choirs will present a program of holiday music at the 7 p.m. Communion service.
At 10: 30 p.m., the Senior Choir and instrumental group will perform a musicale, featuring carols and anthems. At 11 p.m., the traditional Holy Night Communion Services will be celebrated.
St. Paul's is at 308 Oak Manor Drive. For information, call 766-2283.
Pub Date: 12/18/96