This is happening too fast this year, here we are one week from Christmas and 3 days away from the official first day of Winter.
I can tell you this, Winter set in here in southern New England about a month ago.
Christmas is one of my favorite Holidays.
It’s about the only time of year that I get all five of my kids in the same place at the same time. My Mom and my wives parents will be with us on Christmas Eve.
We host Christmas Eve and the family, extended family and many friends stop and visit, eat drink and laugh together with a fire roaring in the fireplace and tidings of comfort and joy.
Christmas morning we have a great breakfast of homemade scones (the beautiful and talented mrsharry is the best baker I know) I make the hair curling coffee… which I do every morning.
Around noon I take my Mom home so she can tend her 4 cats and then take a nap before my siblings drop in.
The rest of us head over to my brother and sister inlaws for a traditional Surf& Turf Christmas dinner, gift exchange, music, we sing the 12 days of Christmas with everyone of the 31 of us joining in.
We draw the # day from a hat and let it fly. My sons and I usually share a # and sing in our best Monte Python or Dumb & Dumber voices.
One year I drew the much dreaded first day of Christmas, I had to sing alone. Much to my dear wife’s dismay I unleashed my best Bob Dylan voice and from that day forward I’ve had to buddy up, no more solos for Dave…some folks just don’t appreciate ”how does it feel… to be a partridge without a home…a complete unknown…
Once upon a time you dressed so fine you threw the bums a dime in your prime…didn’t you
After the singing we do a Yankee joke gift exchange. Lottery tickets, DD coffee, gift certificates and one year I wrapped a pair of old sneakers. The same year one of my brother in laws wrapped up a used pair of gold toe socks. My father in law always wraps a $50 bill in some of the strangest wrappings…everyone know its there but can’t figure which one it is.
After that and continuing on till 1 AM, we pair up and play the second leg of our family billiard tournament. My son Luke and I are in second place after the Thanksgiving leg. Son Chris and nephew Pete (defending champions) have a narrow lead on us because I managed to send the cue ball into the next room and land it on the foosball table on my 8 ball shot.
The other four teams of in laws and sons will have moments of glory but they will be short lived…they haven’t learned the oldharry rule… every 3rd drink needs to be water. Hydration is a must.
We’ll wrap up the 3rd and final leg on New Years Day.
As we roll onto the next to the last game of the 2014 regular NFL season I took a look back at my preseason predictions made with the help of ol shorty.
My final four teams were
New England & Pittsburgh in the AFC and
Green Bay and New Orleans in the NFC
it looks like these are still
The Saints are hanging on by a thread at 6-9 but benefit from playing in the NFC South, a division that the Jets and Oakland would compete in.
The Steelers are still in a dog fight with Cincinnati and Baltimore and it’s possible all three could make the playoffs
New England captured it’s 12th AFC East flag in 13 seasons and has the number one seed unless they stumble vs the Jets or Buffalo in the last two weeks.
Green Bay looked invincible 3 a couple of weeks back holding on to edge the Patriots but after a 2nd half meltdown that almost cost them a game vs Atlanta
And being shut down in Buffalo
They find themselves behind the Lions in the NFC North
Enjoy the week and Have a great week and a Merry Christmas