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December 22, 2012

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Cindy Lou-Who

Dear Flanny,

As much as I love watching "Ellen" every day, I have to agree with my Forbidden Friend that the screaming of her audience members during Ellen's "12 Days of Giveaways" was certainly irritating. Like my FF, I often had to mute my television. Christmas shouldn't be about getting a lot of loot, right?

Cindy Lou-Who

Not Making Her Mark

Dear Flanny,

What is "the spirit of Christmas"? I thought it was Maker's Mark, but lately, I just don't know.

Not Making Her Mark

Ms. Flanny

Ms. Flanny here.

Just wanted you all to know that I plan to answer all of your holiday questions. Please offer your own wise perspectives on any of the questions in the post or sass stream. Also, PLEASE POST YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES!

Carol Ling -- I just cleaned my kitchen and am cleaning the bathroom (in fact, I had to set down the toilet brush to post this comment). I'm listening to holiday music on my iPod, of course, and have to confess that if someone were to put some mistletoe to my head, I'd have to pick Amy Grant's, "Home for Christmas" as the BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUM, like, EVER. Do you have a copy? If you don't, my lovely fruitcake, I know someone who would love to burn you a copy.

Ah, I love the smell of Pine-Sol in the morning!

Scared in Seattle

Dear Flanny,

Fruitcake.

WTF?

Scared in Seattle

treesta

Good morning, Flanny,

I am heading out shortly to go to the Amish Market for desserts for our dinner. Any idea what goes well with cole slaw?

Running Out of Time in Edgewater

Ms. Flanny

Dear, Running on the Edge:

No need to run to the Amish Market, my gummy bear! Only one dessert goes well with your Christmas dinner coleslaw (which I'm assuming will be shaped like a turkey or ham) -- jello! Make it festive: green jello with maraschino cherries and/or beets.

Bon appebeets!

Wistful in Washington

Dear Flanny,
I'm not feeling in the holiday spirit this year, and neither are many of my friends. Do you have any suggestions how we can get into the spirit before Christmas Day arrives?

Wistful in Washington

Ms. Flanny

Dear Wistful,

I'm so sorry that you are not feeling the holiday spirit this year as are many of your friends. "Not Making Her Mark" posted a similar concern earlier this morning.

To tell you the truth, Ms. Flanny hasn't been feeling much holiday spirit, either, until she discovered it right under her nose shortly after "Not Making Her Mark" posted her comment. I was reading the local paper and was shocked to discover on the front page that a long-time resident in my hometown had been killed in a hit-and-run near my post office on December 12. Bob, 92, was an activist for social causes that promoted peace, justice and equality. We was beloved in my community.

When I turned to page 2 of the same issue of the local paper, I saw a Letter to the Editor from Bob's daughter. Here's what it said:

*****
My sister and I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of comfort and support. It has sustained us since our father, Bob, died on Wednesday, December 12.

We are very concerned for the driver of the car that hit our Dad. She drove away after the accident, but we're told she turned herself in to the Greenbelt Police the next day, after talking to her parents and her pastor.

Bob would want to wish her peace. If you know anyone who might be able to convey our message to the young lady or her pastor, here it is: Dad lived a good, long life; we realize the accident was unintentional; we wish her peace.
*****

Wistful, my cupcake, I share this letter with you because it opened my heart a bit to what may be the holiday spirit.

Peace to you and all of your friends.

Matissta

Dear Flanny,

Your response is very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to guide us all with your wisdom. It has been a blessing to us all. (Well, except maybe Running on the Edge. Jello molds are so 1950's.)

Justista

I have discovered that Bronco the Rescue Dog is illiterate. I will not return him to the rescue people, however, he has a lot of work to do in the coming year.

I am waiting for brother and wife, Sukey's husband and son to arrive at OLD's house. We will be eating tomorrow as I must return to Las Vegas to apply some Pine Sol to the tree skirt. I am doing all the cooking and to signal celebration of the new family configuration (a year since Sukey's departure), I have thrown out all the traditional recipes. I mean we HAD to follow Mother's recipes or everyone would sulk. So we are having sweet potatoe/apple and pecan bake with whiskey (GJ of course), cranberries with a serrano chili, brined turkey and pies brought by my nephew. We will be playing Graceland (that is a family tradition) and using utensils on the piano, coffee table, and candlesticks to beat out the rhythm.

On the plane to Vegas early Monday morning to see my beloved Gruff, and Bronco the Rescue Dog.

Happy Holidays, my wonderful friends.

Matissta

Just, no kazoo?

Justista

don't have my kazoos with me, Mattis, maybe next year. Graceland to kazoos, hmmm. You know the Fourth Term Bennington class is playing "You're So Vain" on kazoos for Talent Night. It is a tribute to memoirists.

PEACEsista

Dear Ms. Flanny,

Thank you for the Christmas Music update. I only have a few of the CD's you've listed and I do not have Amy Grant.

Some of my favorites holiday CDs are:
Ray Charles "The Spirit of Christmas"
Kathy Mattea "Good News"
Peter, Paul & Mary "Holiday Celebration"

We are playing Trivial Pursuit. I am really bad at it. Do y'all play board games with your beloveds during the holidays? If so, which ones?

Justista

We are at OLD's house in the Sierras. Very rainy and cold. No snow yet. Sometimes we engage in exhuberant dominos.

babysis

Merry Christmas to all! Heading out of town for a few days.

treesta

Good morning, everyone. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, the pies are sitting on the buffet, Jingle and Jangle will be calling in awhile to see if my granddaughter is ready for Christmas, and the family has texted that they are on the way. Christmas is here. Merry Christmas to everyone in the 'sphere. Love to all.

Sista C

Merry Christmas, sphere!

PEACEsista

We are enjoying a three-part holiday celebration. The first part began Dec. 20 and had all of us together, except our daughter-in-law, who is visiting her Grandma in Texas for the holidays. It included lots of revelry and too late nights, filled with laughter and board games. We went out for a good dinner Dec. 22nd and the younger crowd continued on to the bars and were out until the wee hours, which insured that yesterday was a quieter kind of day. Marine son and his girlfriend left at 4:00 AM this morning, driving to Denver, to fly out to DC to spend Christmas Eve and Day with her Dad and Grandma, who is undergoing chemotherapy. So with many late nights and early mornings, I am dragging a bit, but I'm determined to hang in there to enjoy the good company of my grown children while I can.

Part Two of our celebration includes our Portland and Cheyenne sons, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our oldest returns to Portland on the 26th and our daughter-in law returns home that same day when Part Three of our holiday celebration will begin. It is a deep joy, really, that our sons have made the effort to join us for the holidays and the time we spend together is my best gift of the season.

I am caught-up in and enjoying the whirlwind, but I also look forward to the quieter part of the holiday season between Christmas and New Years. It has always been a time of reflection for me and also for making adjustments as I set my sights on possibilities for the New Year.

Thanks for your support this past year, dear Sassophere. It was a challenging one for me and I know for many of you as well. But, we made it through! Merry Christmas and much love to you all!

Justista

Love to all my friends in the Sphere

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