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Is a lump of coal coming your way?
Santa has been on the road in the sky for hours now and is finally somewhere over North America. Track the big guy's movements here (courtesy of NORAD) and find out how good you were this year.

And while you wait, discuss your plans for tomorrow and what's on the menu ...

Ho, ho, ho, Merry [insert your holiday of choice here]!

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  •  Why is Santa so Jolly? (18+ / 0-)

    He knows where the naughty girls are.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:01:47 PM PST

  •  Oh, I expect he'll be bringing me enough coal (7+ / 0-)

    To last the whole winter.

    "Marco Rubio es un pañuelo Rosa!" - Montgomery Burns

    by Fordmandalay on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:03:48 PM PST

  •  Chico said it best... (8+ / 0-)

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by richardak on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:05:01 PM PST

  •  Like Jesus, I'll be doing what any good Jew (11+ / 0-)

    does on Christmas: look for a Starbucks or movie theater that's open.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:05:46 PM PST

  •  Weather Watch (7+ / 0-)

    I'm planning on having the family over for Christmas. I posted about what dinner will be here.

    Now I'm finding that there is a good possibility of tornadoes in our area tomorrow as well as where my brother and sister-in-law live in Texas. Sheesh what happened to white Christmas?

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:07:14 PM PST

  •  his gift to Boehner is explosive diarrhea (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Our Own Dinner & Gift Celebration Was Tonight. (6+ / 0-)

    Organic roast chicken, basmati rice, gravy, and the last of our scrumptious garden brussel sprouts that I'd blanched and frozen in 2-serving packs.

    A few books and toys for the exchange is all we ever do.

    Tomorrow I'll trek over to Assisted Living Mom's place with a spare telephone & Y-adapter, and we'll try to arrange a few phone calls to relatives too far away to visit her.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:10:30 PM PST

  •  the GOP has been extra naughty (3+ / 0-)
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    billssha, koNko, nellgwen

    so that the Koch brothers can sell more coal to Santa.  

    We are currently living through the greatest redistribution of wealth in our nation's history. The rich and the corporations are using their money and power to obtain even more money and power. We must fight back while there is still time.

    by Keep Oregon Blue on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:11:33 PM PST

  •  Ham, mac 'n' cheese, (7+ / 0-)

    green beans, mashed potatoes.  And lots of presents and family fun..

    "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around..."

    by cgvjelly on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:12:40 PM PST

  •  Ham, baked potatoes, veggies... (7+ / 0-)

    ...and of course, pumpkin pie.

  •  Being an old married man, I know I said goodbye (6+ / 0-)

    to naughty a long time ago.

    My wife and I are going to my sister's house for Christmas Eve to be with family and friends, and I'll drink some nonalcoholic beer and perhaps have a little wine. Maybe overeat a little. How's that for naughty?

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:21:17 PM PST

  •  I was naughty. (10+ / 0-)

    On a positive side I am almost warm and I do have a roof over my head and plenty of supplies. On the negative side the wind chill is -15F, I am alone at home, 2 of my friends went to Vegas, the other one is tending to her son whose back went out, my parents are dead, my brother won't speak to me, I'm 55 and single and I am so miserable I am numb. I have nobody. No one. Dinner tonight? Leftover chicken soup and bread. Tomorrow? Fuck it.

    "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

    by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:22:56 PM PST

    •  and here I was (5+ / 0-)

      feeling bad that none of my friends have called me since the day after Thanksgiving... hope things look brighter.

      Three presents left to wrap, then I'm hitting the Christmas spirits.

      States' rights? Corporate rights? Militia rights? Government rights? Hell no! Only individuals have rights. Proud lifelong human supremacist.

      by happymisanthropy on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:44:43 PM PST

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    •  Same here. (4+ / 0-)

      Except it's about 50 (Los Angeles) and I don't have friends in Vegas that could on another day be with me.  

      The rest is familiar.

      I did go out to the old P.O. box to pick up an Amazon order today and stopped on the way back to buy a salad for tonight.

      The dogs have new beds.

      They are laying on the couch and chair.

      Lifetime movies are SO lame.

      Time for salad.

      Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

      by delphine on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:10:48 PM PST

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    •  OH my - you wake up the nurse here (6+ / 0-)

      So I do what nurses do and give you the mix of what you might want and what I think you need.
      I feel deeply the pain that I hear in your comment.  I think you are in real distress and that distresses me.  I'm lucky enough to have people I care about and who care about me - I have my own problems, as we all do, but they feel light most of the time compared to the heaviness I feel in your comment.  I wish hugs could travel over the internet and that I could fold you into a big one - but no such luck.  
      So, let me say first that, like the popular message to gay teens, "It gets better!"  Life can change much for the better and the pain you feel now does not have to be forever.
      And now, let me give you just that little bit of tough love that us nurses know how to give: the surest way to be loved is to give love.  The best way to find what you need is to stop looking for what you need and find a way to give someone else what they need.  There are people near you who are worse off than you are.  Poorer, more lonely, less happy.  I guarantee it.  The biggest step you can take to find happiness is to seek out those people - even just one of them - and see what you can do to make their life a little better.  Even if they seem unlovely and unlovable, seek them out and do what you can for them.  You may find them worth knowing.  Or you may cross paths with someone else who is out there trying to help who is worth knowing.
      I won't fatuously wish you Merry Christmas, but I will hope for a happier new year.
      Best
      David

      "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

      by Chico David RN on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:25:05 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for the comments, (3+ / 0-)

        all of you. I know there are people worse off than me because I try to help them every day. And although I might get a little bit of verbal appreciation once in a while, well, sometimes that isn't enough. I think there are people who just aren't ever going to be lovable or loved. That's the way the world works. I'm sorry. I'm tired.

        "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

        by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:59:21 PM PST

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        •  You. are. Lovable. (0+ / 0-)

          If you weren't you wouldn't be here a vital part of this community, reaching out, giving, caring, fighting for causes you believe in.  

          Christmas and all those expectations and losses can make you tired.  Sweet dreams tonight, and I hope you wake refreshed and able to catch some small joy in your basket tomorrow. If nothing else, take a long walk, notice the beauty around you wherever it might be. Walk till your legs are tired and your eyes are full of the life around you.  

          No lecture intended here, but I just don't want to believe there isn't something about tomorrow that could be a pleasure, no matter how small it is.  Small joys prove joy is possible, and then the task is to figure out how to grow them.

          Blessings and LOVE to you.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:42:31 PM PST

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    •  Christmas is tough (0+ / 0-)

      when the chips are down.  But the good news is, it will be over in the blink of an eye, and all of our expectations of merriment can recede to a nice normal day.

      I am blessed with family, just back from Christmas Eve dinner and full as a tic.  But I can remember years that no amount of family could make me feel less lonely.  

      Wishing you a ray of happiness and love tomorrow, crose, just when you least expected it.  And if it doesn't come, hold on.  I really do believe it's on its way.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:28:40 PM PST

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  •  Ham... Mashed potatoes, veggies, (3+ / 0-)
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    either dinner rolls or home made bread, we have apple pie for dessert.  Presents in the morning of course, and lots of playing with the kids.

    Today though Bit and her friend surprised me by doing the dishes. I thought they were playing games at the kitchen table. In they come to my room smirking.. "Merry Christmas, we did the dishes and swept and mopped the floor for you!"
    So sweet!

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:23:40 PM PST

  •  It's half New England half Acadian Creole LA (2+ / 0-)
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    So we have on the New England side a beautiful ham, scalloped potatoes with onion and garlic, cream and salty cheese. Brussels Sprouts halved and pan seared in drawn butter, caramelized carrots and pan butter corn. Assorted rolls and sundries, and delectable apple torte.

    And on the Louisiana side a fine brisket, turnip greens with smoked hocks and bacon, broccoli rice dressing (with Velveeta of course), regular mashed potatoes, stewed okra with Tasso, and a lovely pecan pie.

    NOLA style chicory coffee, drawn Italian sodas, adult bevs for the adults.

    Not sure it's gonna be enough.

    Oh, and for morning that awesome Blueberry Maple bake that showed up on HuffPo yesterday. Can't wait to serve that with coffee in the morning.

    Peace to everyone!

    -bastrop

    The place was utterly dark—the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent.

    by bastrop on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:29:30 PM PST

  •  I must have been naughty (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, koNko, glorificus

    when I first looked at the picture, after reading the headline, Santa's right hand looked like it held a cream pie.

    A guilty conscience is its own accuser.

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Monkeys kill people too, if they have guns.

    by DaNang65 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:44:13 PM PST

  •  Santa's gonna need countermeasures (1+ / 0-)
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    koNko

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:46:40 PM PST

  •  The Republicans have been so bad (5+ / 0-)

    Santa can't get his sleigh aloft with all the coal.

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 05:51:31 PM PST

  •  I apparently was extra naughty (5+ / 0-)

    Whether we're talking Santa or the Hannukah Fairy or Gaia.

    Holidays are CRAP.  

    It's a Wonderful Life:  Everything's okay as long as you have friends and family who love you!  Tons of them!  And their lives would be miserable without you!

    Okay, I'm screwed.

    Bones:  Why is everyone afraid to spend Christmas alone?
    Bones' Dad:  Because it means no one loves you.

    Okay, I'm screwed.

    Holidays are CRAP.  

    Santa's just a guy on parole who can't get a real job so he puts up with screaming kids all day in between smoke breaks.

    Holidays. Are. Crap.  CRAP.

    I'll hopefully survive another New Year's Eve alone and the holidays will, thankfully, be over.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:02:52 PM PST

    •  Holidays are hard (1+ / 0-)
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      because of the fantasy that everyone else is happy and joyful, and you're not.  The carols, the commercials, the sappy movies that always end happily on Christmas, unlike real life.

      There were years when I dreaded the holidays, couldn't wait till they were over.  I know how you feel.  But things changed for me. I still don't love Christmas like I once did, but I've made peace with it and that has made my holidays more peaceful.

      Do something incredibly nice for yourself tomorrow.  Loving begins with loving and taking good care of ourselves.  Merry Christmas Delphine, from someone you don't know, but whose thoughts you are in, wishing you a surprisingly good day tomorrow, with love.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:52:44 PM PST

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  •  I was EXTREMELY naughty this year. (1+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen

    But that's nothing new. :)

    If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

    by MikePhoenix on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:04:38 PM PST

  •  Do Not Shoot Santa In The Face With A Shotgun (2+ / 0-)
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    SeekCa, annieli

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:06:01 PM PST

  •  Merry Christmas!!!!!! (4+ / 0-)
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    SeekCa, annieli, yg17, glorificus
  •  Please accept with no obligation... (5+ / 0-)
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    El Bloguero, DSPS owl, SeekCa, koNko, mapamp
    Please accept with no obligation, implicit or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with total respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, and their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

    Additionally,

    A fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, sexual orientation, political disposition, country of origin and choice of smart phone, tablet device, and computer platform of the wishee.

    By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.

    This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is either revocable or limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

    This greeting is void where prohibited by law.

    Posted earlier, but had to post again! ;-)

    If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

    by ScottyUrb on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:07:38 PM PST

  •  I'm getting coal for sure. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    El Bloguero, koNko

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:10:12 PM PST

  •  A Christmas Story From Death Row (2+ / 0-)
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    is right here.

    Happy Xmas y prospero ano nuevo!

  •  Barb in MD!!! (0+ / 0-)

    aka barbinmd or  the noted doctor  Barbin, MD

    merry merry either which way

    Hey! Where did the ads go???

    by PHScott on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:14:59 PM PST

  •  I am so glad to be on the other side of the (3+ / 0-)
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    winter solstice!  
    I'm trying to get the presents wrapped, but the kidlets keep walking into the room -- naughty kids.  They're just going to get unwrapped presents under the tree if they don't stop coming in here.  (HA! one of them read that!)
    Mr. MAHW has made fantastic, but flat chocolate chip cookies, yum!

    We'll  be making a cheesecake during the day, and then head to a family friend's house for dinner tomorrow.  It's potluck so I'm not sure what's on the menu, aside from cheesecake.  

    It's finally snowing here.  In honor of that:

    Merry Whatever-you're-celebrating, kossacks!

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:15:04 PM PST

  •  I got a lump of coal (1+ / 0-)
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    koNko

    one year, carefully labeled as a 'do it yourself diamond kit'. (Having moved several times since then, I can't remember what happened to it.)

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:18:38 PM PST

  •  We are keeping warm in Las Vegas (2+ / 0-)
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    Warm being relative, of course. It is much warmer here than back home; short sleeves for being out and around, vs. slogging through snow.

    Our Christmas Eve dinner tonight will be at a favorite restaurant here. Tomorrow we will go to see the new Les Miz movie.

    As the Flintstones would say, we'll have a gay old time!

    There has to be a better way.

    by lotac on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:19:19 PM PST

  •  Can you confirm or deny the rumor (3+ / 0-)
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    koNko, mapamp, Radiowalla

    the Meteor Blades and Santa are one and the same ?

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:22:54 PM PST

  •  Tomorrow? (5+ / 0-)
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    First, I'll make a nice hash and eggs breakfast. then it's off to visit mom in the nursing home.
    Back home I'm planning my traditional prime rib roast, dry aged and cooked to perfection a la Alton Brown. The sides will be saffron scalloped potatoes and my famed Caesar salad.
    Before that we'll have some hors d'ouvres - cheeses and some baked apps I bought at Trader Joe's.
    Wine will also be served. I have been working at Trader Joe's since mid-August and one wine was brought to my attention by a customer - an Italian red that sells for $40-50 elsewhere but we sell for $19.99! Can't wait.
    Dessert is creme brulee in their own chocolate cups.
    Possibly cordials after...if we can take it! LOL!
    At my age (57) I no longer wish to spend my money on expensive gifts for family and friends who don't need or want anything. Sent my brother some stuff in his new location (Boise, ID - if you live there you can catch him on the morning news on KBOI2) that he can't get since they do not yet have a TJ's. And my closest friends an I like to spend money on really good food and wine and such instead of giving each other things we don't need.
    After all, Christmas is for spending with loved ones. The greatest gift is a memorable day spent together.
    I wish nothing but happiness and good times for all the great folks here at the Daily Kos. This site has been my go-to since before I ever joined (my UID is in the low 30,000 vicinity so it's been a while). I don't know what I'd do without your wise posts, diaries, counsel and, simply, your online friendship. That alone is gift enough for any year.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:27:29 PM PST

    •  Yum. Your Christmas dinner sounds fantastic. (1+ / 0-)
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      And I agree with you, it's the food, friends and family that make it a great day, not the gifts we no longer need.  But try to tell that to the younger folk!

      My husband is a great cook, and he loves the holidays because he gets to show off.  Tomorrow we will have a tenderloin with Merlot/shitake gravy, cheesy potatoes, spicey green beans, one of my deluxe salads, cranberry walnut bread and red velvet cake and pistachio ice cream.

      We will share it all with my brother and his family, and my mother.  My father passed away this last fall, and so there is a big hole in our Christmas this year. But we will toast to him and remember him, and do out best to draw his spirit close to us.

      And I'm so with you, this is my on line community. Haven't ever found another one I wanted to participate in.

      So happy holidays dear Kossacks, and Merry Christmas.  And now, my husband and I are going to curl up in front of our fire and watch "The Miracle on 34th Street, " one more time, because who doesn't want to believe in miracles?  

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:06:13 PM PST

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      •  Your dinner sounds equally delightful! (1+ / 0-)
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        I know about losing parents. It does leave a hole. But I think they are always there in spirit.
        Enjoy, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

        Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

        by MA Liberal on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:33:34 PM PST

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  •  Geez (1+ / 0-)
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    koNko

    Santa has some sort of instantaneous gift delivery mechanism. I guess that's what happens when you're an otherworldly, alternative dimensional semi deity capable of criss crossing the world at near instant speeds.

    http://callatimeout.blogspot.com/

    by DAISHI on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:27:36 PM PST

  •  I'll be 49 (7+ / 0-)

    tomorrow...:o)

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I volunteer with the elderly, and I'll be spending 16hrs. with them on Christmas Day. What better present could I ask for...:o)

    I can see fifty yrs. on this planet, just around the corner. Please GOP, don't mess it up for me.....

    by secret38b on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:34:10 PM PST

  •  Did my naughty and nice movie diary earlier (1+ / 0-)
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    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:35:01 PM PST

  •  oranges (4+ / 0-)
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    grabbed some, last minute, from the grocery store today.
    oranges on Christmas morning means no coal in the stockings.   :-)

    "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

    by kj in missouri on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:37:26 PM PST

  •  I just want to pop in here and wish you all (3+ / 0-)
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    a happy holiday.  I hope everything is spectacular, joyous and filled with love this season.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:39:05 PM PST

  •  Yeah, I plan to check in and see if you wrote back (1+ / 0-)
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    to me--again. Barbara.

    Co-author of the first political biography of Michele Bachmann: Michele Bachmann's America

    by Bill Prendergast on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:49:29 PM PST

  •  Xmas at my house with the fam. (1+ / 0-)
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    koNko

    They are driving back from Denver in the morning and will haul the gaily wrapped gifts over here between noon and 2:00.  

    I'm fixing the feast of glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, salad, cooked carrots, chocolate cake and key lime pie.

    Son wanted to have a late meal and pile in the car after to check out the Xmas lights all over town but I moved the mealtime up and inserted a nap after.  Hey, I'm old and have been baking for 3 straight days!

    Best wishes to everyone from this Christmas-loving atheist granny.

  •  First real snowfall of 2012 a few hrs away (1+ / 0-)
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    here in north Puget Sound.  

    Looking for a white Christmas.

    Been on the computer making a few room reservations for late February and early March in subtropical Guangxi Provence. Traveling to China with my Brother and well spend a few nights in Beijing and Shanghai. Then he'll fly home and I'll board a train to Guangxi to do some bicycling in the countryside. My Brother did some cycling there last  year, so he's not really missing out. Its been 10 years since the two of us took a trip together, when we went to the the Ecuadorian Andes and Galapagos Islands.  

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:53:46 PM PST

  •  13 hours of basketball, most likely. n/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    koNko

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:55:05 PM PST

  •  Christmas is all about tamales (3+ / 0-)
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    koNko, Radiowalla, Lefty Coaster

    Refritos frijoles, bolillo, and tamales. Hot hot hot sauce too of course. Fuck ham. If the food doesn't make you sweat it's not hot enough.

    You need a license to drive, a license to run a business, but any idiot can buy a gun.

    by Hannibal on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 06:55:37 PM PST

  •  I got nothing this Christmas. (1+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla

    It turned out to be just another day on the calendar.

  •  Christmas dinner: (0+ / 0-)

    Pork roast stuffed with bourbon soaked prunes, seasoned with sage and roasted on mirepoix with a sauce of chicken stock and bourbon.

    Mashed potatoes with polenta, baccon, carmelized onions and soft cheese

    Steamed green beans with sliced almonds browned in butter.

    Gluten free chocolate Yule Log with French Vanilla ice cream

    Free trade coffee with organic cream

    And the boys do the dishes.

  •  Joy To All, Coal Or Gold Or What You Get OR Do Not (0+ / 0-)
  •  Chinese restaurant! (0+ / 0-)

    With all the other Jews!
    But before that, a screening of "Lincoln."
    And a happy day to all, whatever you're celebrating and eating!

    Life is a shipwreck. But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. — Voltaire

    by agrenadier on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:18:50 PM PST

  •  George W Bush should get a 1 ton lump of coal (0+ / 0-)
  •  To be honest, I've been really really naughty... (0+ / 0-)

    so we'll see how this turns out.

    What's wrong under Republicans is still wrong under Democrats.

    by gila on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:47:36 PM PST

  •  Naughty....I guess. (0+ / 0-)

    In past years Google teamed up with NORAD but this year they put up their own site.  Google Santa landed in Seattle the flew out to Spokane on the other side of the state.  From there he flew direct to Portland skipping me in Olympia.  I don't know if it's about me or a political statement since Oly is the state capital.  

    Google Santa

    Google Santa is just about finished with the continental US but NORAD Santa is still on is way to the  Left Coast.  Boy I'm going to be pissed if I get a lump of coal from the "government Santa."  Could be a statement about my social security.  You think?  

    NORAD Santa

    "But Mommy how can there be two Santa's?"

    Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate from the left coast of Washington State where snow is forecast tonight.  What could be more Christmas'ey.

    A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

    by YellerDog on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:51:28 PM PST

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