More Stories from Auntie Kreamsaugen
Church Pew Giggles
by Auntie Kreamsaugen
published December 2014
Have you ever had uncontrolled
giggles at the wrong time in
church? With Christmas close by
it reminds me of the candle light
service at Snoose Hollow church
a few years ago on that snowy
Silent Night, Holy Night ...
Knute came in late so he didn't
get a candle or a program. He elbowed
himself into the pew and sat
by Ole. Ole and Knute nodded a
greeting to each other.
The service was filled with the
smell of evergreen, Christmas joy
and people who have been in their
coats too long. The pastor gave a
beautiful sermon. When it came
time for the choir to sing Silent
Night and all the candles to be lit ...
there was Knute without a candle.
As the flame was passed from
candle to candle. Knute could
only hold up his thumb, in a
"thumbs up" position representing
the candle he never got; as the first
verse of silent night echoed through
... all is calm, all is bright ...
Knute, not wanting to be left
out, joyfully held his thumb up in
front of him, Ole nodded knowingly.
Knute smiled, nudged Ole
and then slowly cupped his other
hand and placed it over his thumb
as if it were a burning candle, and
suddenly pulled it back as if he had
burnt his hand and all 3 of us, began
shaking with a silent giggle.
... sleep in heavenly peace ...
To make things worse, Ole snorked
a giggle and blew out his
OWN lit candle. There the two
were; Knute, with his "thumbs
up" candle and Ole with his unlit
Knute seeing the rising curly que
of smoke, tipped his thumb to the
side as if to relight Ole's Christmas
While observing all this foolishness
going on over here, if you
think "the sheperds quaked at the
sight", you should have seen the
shaking and quaking in our pew,
that was a sight.
... and to all a goodnight.