Be prepared to go on standby.

Dear Internet,

First of all, as it turns out, I've been engaged in rampant bloggery for 3+ years now. (I missed my own anniversary, typical man that I am)

Second of all, it's Christmas Eve. For those of us down heah who are vaguely Iberic, this is a Very Important Night. It is the night we hang out with people we cannot stand and smile pleasantly throughout. Why? To make things just a tiny bit easier for Baby Jesus. Not everyone with whom I will (by sheer weight of unwritten contractual obligation) hang out is an inchoate mass of misery and annoyance, of course. This latter group is comprised of those stressed to the brink of dysfunction by their interactions -- or anticipation thereof -- with the former group. So you can see I have a lot of festive atonement awaiting me.

The payoff for all this aggravation and stress is Boxing Day, when I expect to drink a bit more Bloody Mary than is probably wise, hang out with people whose society is pleasant and instructive (a shock to my system, I know) and otherwise breathe pure, sweet air. Bloggery will likely be light-ish.

But that's not what I came here to tell you, Internet dearest.

I wanted to wish you a grand and wonderful Christmas, filled with laughter and love and hugs and kisses of those whom you love. I wish your joys to linger and your tears to pass quickly. I wish you to bask in the golden glow of affection and kindness and blessings, but also to be mindful of those whose Christmas will sadly run otherwise. I wish your prayers be answered and your heart touched and maybe -- just maybe -- this world will catch on to what it is we're celebrating at Christmas.

And to all a good night.


P.S. I wanted you to get my A-List cards this year. If you rub your fingertip very carefully on your screen and close your eyes, you might just feel the for-real engraving on the giga-fancy 100% rag off-white vellum stock. I spare no expense for you, dear Internet.


shula said…
You too, babe.
Caro said…
Merry Christmas and a Merrier Boxing Day!
reader said…
Joyed to know I am worthy of the beautiful A card and not on the crappy C list.

Happiest of holidays to you and your family. Strong liquor will help you get through the evening tonight. The close neighbors celebrate Boxing Day and invite all their friends etc. but us so it remains a mystery to me.
Poppy Buxom said…
Merry Christmas to the Jokes and the rest of my internet pals!

Badger said…
Merry Christmas and a big MWAH to you, pal o' mine!
Maddy said…
Missing your own Anniversary - how does anyone do that for goodness sake!

Compliments of the season from me and mine to you and yours.

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"which takes you straight to my new blog.
Angie said…
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family. May Boxing Day be especially enjoyable.
Sarah O. said…
Merry Christmas, Joke and Jokes!
Stomper Girl said…
Happy Christmas to you and yours (belatedly). Thanks for the card.

love Stomper & family
h&b said…
Hope you had a lovely day and the Bloody Marys that followed went down a treat.

Sadly, one of the best things about a flight to or from the US for me, is the Campbell's pre-mixed "Spiced Tomato Juice" they serve on the plane. I drink it virginally, but my God, I love that stuff....
meggie said…
Staring the New Year celebrations in the face, from a seriously close range, I wish you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year.
But most of all, I wish you love!

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