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Ellemeno:
Ya never know what direction a thread's gonna blow 'round here.

In my neighborhood lives someone who works for PNB, Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Every Christmas season, they put up a 15-20 foot tall statue of the Nutcracker beside their house.  Last year my daughter was afraid of it, saying repeatedly as we would go past, "He's not going to get me, he's not going to get me."  (We often avoided it.)  This year, she was thrilled when he got put up, and we decided to call him Nutty Nutcracker.  (Which I only realize as I write this sounds like Woody Woodpecker.)

Here's another PNB story.  Patricia Barker, who has been the principal ballerina there, is retiring after 25 years, at age 43.  Here she is from head to toe:


Meryl:
Getting back to Christmas, and the really important  part of it, someone forwarded me an e-mail with this timeless advice, which I feel it is important to share:


Holiday Eating Tips


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave

immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.


2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch.  You can't

find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an

eggnogoholic or something. It's a treat.  Enjoy it.  Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!


3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy.  Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your

mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy . Eat the volcano.  Repeat.

 
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car

with an automatic transmission.

 
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other

people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

 
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's.  You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.

This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

 
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near

them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of

shoes.  If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

 
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always

have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
 

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some

standards.
 

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.  Re-read tips;

start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

 

Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"


Have a great holiday season!  ;D

Penthesilea:

--- Quote from: Meryl on December 11, 2006, 11:33:41 pm ---Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

--- End quote ---

What a great motto  ;D

Lynne:
I love the Holiday Eating Tips, Meryl.  By those guidelines, I must celebrate the holidays year-round!

I know it's not sheep, but it's still a fine idea:

You can purchase goats via the American Friends Service Committee for families in Haiti, which is still the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere to support the AFSC animal husbandry ministries.

Also, there are other good gift ideas there as 'Gifts with Heart and Hope.'

Consider choosing something like this as a gift to honor or remember someone in your life who already 'has everything.'  Bet they don't have four goats in Haiti!  ;)

http://support.afsc.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=3581.2&dlv_id=6721&JServSessionIdr011=wb7xpscv03.app14a

Lynne:
This article has some good book recommendations for gifts, including, but not limited to, our own Annie Proulx:

http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/article.php?date=2006-12-08&section=4&id=5

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