It should be a relatively short day ’round these parts today. I’ve but one chore to accomplish today, purchase Prosecco for tomorrow’s Drinkmas Day activities. I feared fighting traffic to get to a liquor store until I remember that Christmas came a little early this year when Total Wine And More opened across the fence from my office. Certainly they carry Prosecco, right? I’ll just have to make sure to get over there before work lets out in an attempt to avoid long lines.
Do I Know It’s Christmas?
It’s hard for me. There is no tree in my house (which turns out may make me less of a break in target) and there are no wrapped gifts, because I buy myself toys all year long. The only things that make me realize it’s Christmastime are the cards which arrive in the mail (and if you’ve not received one from me it’s either because I didn’t have your address or I’m late mailing it), the sounds of Christmas songs blaring from speakers, or the sight of Rankin/Bass Christmas specials on my telly.
Last night after taking care of a little business I lit all of the candles in my fireplace and snuggled under covers while I watched my favorite, the Rankin Bass spectacular The Year Without A Santa Claus. All I needed was a cup of cocoa with marshmallows to complete the evening.
Tell Me About Your Favorite Christmas (Or Hanukkah) Gift
For me there is but one gift that, to this day, remains in my possession. If you’ve been to one of my parties (which means you’ve known me for at least ten months since I’ve not had one since the last Super Bowl) then you’ve probably seen it.
When I was a lad growing up in Queens, New York I quickly grew to be a Mets, Jets, Islanders, and Nets (who at that time played as the NY Nets — my allegiance switched to the Knicks when the Nets became the NJ Nets) fan. In the early 1970’s the Mets were good winning the World Series in 1969 and losing the World Series in 1973. However, back then fandom was seasonal, once baseball season ended it was time to root for a Winter sport. So at Christmastime in the early 1970’s there was only one man in New York — Joe Namath
On Christmas of 1972 (or perhaps 1973) my parents bought me a replica NY Jets uniform with plastic helmet. Yes, that helmet! for those of you who have been in my basement. Granted I’ve not worn either much in the past thirty-odd years, but the jersey sans pants and helmet are still in my possession and my favorite Christmas gift of all time.
Humor me as well as all of the other ITP Readers today with a comment letting us know what one Christmas/Hanukkah gift was your favorite and you will never forget receiving.
Yes Virginia, There Will Be A Christmas Blog
Given my sleep patterns I am sure that I will be wide awake at 5:30am tomorrow. Since I shan’t have any gifts to open, nor anyone with whom to share a little Christmas nookie I’ll have ample time to knock out a blog post. Come back tomorrow after you’ve gotten your fill of the fam and look for a few unexpected “gifts” from your buddy Paulie.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good, sad, lonely, relieved, nervous, and many, many more
Music Video – watching Frosty the Snowman (the Rankin/Bass cartoon version)
Website Of The Day – This may be the first time I’ve repeated a website, but how can I not choose North Pole again?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 11.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 24 (24)
Vegetarian Days – 11
Carnivorous Days – 12
Marta Rides – 0
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
1) Lose no fewer than two pounds
2) Drink no soda
3) Run no fewer than 50 miles
4) Completely read no fewer than one book
5) Write at least one program using Ruby on Rails