11.24.2015

Group post - the ghost of past stuffing?

(Scrooged)

Most are familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and his visitations from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. We at Untethered Realms have our own ghosties in residence and tweaked the idea for the holidays. Ready for an adventure? Where would you like to go?

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River Fairchild –


I’m snagging the ghostie of the Future and heading straight for the invention of the food replicators used in Star Trek! It’s the love to eat / hate to cook and clean syndrome. I’ll snag the first one off the assembly line and take it back home with me!



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Christine Rains -

Oh! I like River's idea. Calorie free hot fudge sundaes like Deanna always ate! Yeah. But since River already went on that adventure, I'd like to go on one closer to our time. I'd have the ghost of the Future take me ahead about forty years or so to see how my son is doing. Because as a mom, I'm always worried if I'm messing things up.

And look. Wow. Who is that handsome doctor/chef/astronaut/comic book writer in the future tech glasses? A parent can dream!


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Gwen Gardner -

No trip with the ghostie of Christmas Future for me -- I don't want to know what's in store. 

And I'm well acquainted with the present already, so that's out, as well. 

That leaves a tour with the ghost of Christmas Past. While I'd love to visit Victorian times, I wouldn't want to live there. I sort of love our modern instant gratification thing; hot water, convenient transportation, fast food. 

But if I could go back about 30 years in the past, I'd tell my younger self: 1) get your butt in gear and start chasing dreams, and, 2) quit wasting precious time just because you're afraid to fail,

So now I'm just going to have to live an extra long life, just like Scrooge, to make sure I fit everything in. #NoRegrets



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M. Pax -

Bet you expect me to take the future ghostie way ahead to see if the Backworlds is true or not. It's tempting, but I also have a passion for history. Did you know Thanksgiving was created by aliens? They gifted us the ambrosia of stuffing. Mmm. My favorite food. So, I'd have to venture into the past to see the aliens bringing us the sweet nectar of stuffing. Yes!!


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Ellie Garratt -

I'd have the ghostie of Christmas Past take me back to 1977, so that I could see the first Star Wars film at the cinema. I was only five years old when it came out, so I never had the chance to see it or the other two on the big screen. I was obsessed (still am) with Star Wars. I asked for a Millennium Falcon and stormtroopers for Christmas that year! Alas, I was given a Barbie doll. I'm still waiting for my Millennium Falcon. Maybe this year I'll be lucky?



Julie Flanders -

I'm another who would choose the Ghost of Christmas Past. I'd go back in time to 1930s Cincinnati so that I could spend Christmas with my maternal grandparents. I never knew my grandfather as he died decades before I was born, and I was only nine when my grandmother died, so I've always wished I could have spent more time with her. Even though the country was in the midst of the Great Depression, my mom's family still loved Christmas and celebrated it in the traditional German ways. Being German, they also loved their beer. I'd ask Mr. Past to take me back to one of their Christmas Eve celebrations for the night so I could enjoy sitting down for a beer (or two) with my grandparents. 

Scenes from Christmas Eve in Cincinnati - 1920 (from the Taft Museum of Art) 




30 comments:

  1. Some great concepts here.
    I think I would like to go to a where rather than a when. Somewhere quiet. And solitary. Neptune's domain has charm...
    Or the dark side of the moon.

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    1. EC - I'd go for one of Saturn's moons with a lovely view of the rings!

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    2. America in the 1600s would be quiet... and cold. It'd be interesting to see before they chopped down all the trees.

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  2. Hi to you all .. what great ideas - interesting that the past tends to win over the future ... I guess we can all see what happened and perhaps would like to revisit to egg ourselves on. I haven't thought about this .. but I'd love to be able to go back in history ... to see and experience life, for a very short time - but I have to get back to our conveniences! I'd really want to know how and where my families started and how they developed out to where they were in the 1850s to 1950s ...

    Now you've set me thinking .. cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to you all - Hilary

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    1. Hilary - Yes, the conveniences would be very hard to give up!

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    2. Thank you, Hilary! That would be fantastic to see.

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    3. Living like pioneers isn't for me.

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  3. River, the replicator is possible, via nanotechnology - I read about it in New Scientist online while researching a children's book. So keep your eye on the headlines! Ellie, I was there when the first Star Wars movie came out. Definitely a thing worth doing but make sure you go to an early session or you'll find yourself in a line stretching down the street; I went to a five o'clock session, after school, and when it was over we were asked to leave through the cinema's side exits, because there was a huge crowd in the foyer, waiting to get in! I'll never forget sitting back in my seat near the front and watching the first spaceships zooming past ... I don't think anyone will deny you a Falcon now. :-)

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    1. Sue - I can't imagine how expensive that first replicator might be! As for Star Wars, I still remember the awe of seeing the movie for the first time in a theater as well. Quite an experience!

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    2. We went months after it opened and missed the show we intended to see because of lines. So we had to wait in line for the next. It was an awesome thing to behold in the end, though.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving! I'm not big on the turkey but I would try some alien stuffing.

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    1. Christine - Alien stuffing with Otherworld pudding for dessert! ;)
      By the way, thank you for posting that picture from Scrooged. It reminded me to add it to Netflix!

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    2. Scoorged is one of my favorite holiday movies! :)

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  5. Some very awesome ideas here. Going back for stuffing tastings would be fun ;)

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  6. Such a fun post! And it'd be nice if they were all somehow calorie free too. ;)

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    1. Cherie - Calorie free would be mandatory! :)

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  7. Yes, beer and alien stuffing over here please!

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    1. Mary - Jezebel is working on a delightful beer to go with that alien stuffing. I'll join you at the table. ;)

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  8. I would be tempted with the future since my curiousity would be on high but I think I would go back to the 70's when my parents were happy and healthy. I would sit down with my dad and ask him all about the war year and his life. I carry on some traditional German Christmas things (??) I still make my own advent wreath and hang it from the ceiling. I decorate the tree the way my Oma did and her mom before her. One day i will go to Germany and visit the Christmas markets-nobody does Christmas better than the Germans:)

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    1. Birgit - I often wish I could go back and talk to my grandmother. As for Germany, one day I will get there too!

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  9. ACCCK! I've been so busy I missed out on contributing to this post. But, hmmm... I would like to travel back to the mid-1800s, to the location I'm researching for a new novel. No more info for now! ahahahaha.

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    1. Catherine - I'd miss the modern conveniences. :)

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  10. Star Wars '77, big screen, I was a poor college student and PAID full admission to see it FIVE times from August - November.
    For me, Ghost of Christmas Present. I'd love to see how friends and others important to me enjoy the day, decorate, and spend their day.

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    1. Donrazor - Star Wars was the first movie my son ever saw in a theater... and the first time he ever sat still for two hours!
      I hope you get to spend your holidays with good friends and great company. :)

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  11. Loved reading where you'd all go. I'm not sure what I'd choose. The idea of going back to see Star Wars is tempting though.

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    1. Patricia - It's funny how something like a movie is burned into our collective consciousness. Absolutely epic!

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  12. Oh yes please, a replicator in my time line. These were awesome ghosties. Hope you all have a great holiday and weekend :)

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    1. Dolorah - I think a replicator would be my most valuable possession! Happy holidays to you!

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