It’s 23 December and I think we’re getting off work a bit early this afternoon! I’ve already placed my order with BevMo to get the “spirits” I’ll need for the Bad Santa punch I plan to make for my Boxing Day Gathering. Here’s the recipe…I give you permission to use it at your own discretion!

1 cup Cointreau (or TripleSec to save a buck or two)
2 cups Brandy (not cognac)
3 cups orange juice (no pulp)
1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne

Put it all in a pitcher and stir. Serve in cocktail glasses over ice…garnish with cherry if you wish. Sounds DEE-LISH! I’ll let you know how it goes!

My shopping is done. I have two rather bulky gifts in the garage yet to wrap or put bows on or put in very large plastic bags (tacky, but not out of range of my wrapping etiquette). I designed and printed out two certificates that I’m giving to two very close friends…that makes it nice so that I can put the certs in their Christmas Cards or, if I’m in the mood, I might even wrap them up like presents. We’ll see about that.

My home co-owner and very close friend, Jeanne, arrives at 8:30 pm Christmas Day to stay until New Year’s Day. That’s pretty cool cuz next week is a 3-day work week for me: Monday is the holiday, and Friday is my regular day off (I’m on that 9/80 plan). If things here are really quiet, I’ll take a little more time off to be with her and enjoy the holiday week. Big difference from my time at HP when the place shut down and we were forced to take vacation! Guess the Feds never really close…that is, unless they don’t pass the continuing resolutions! But that’s another story for another time…

It took me awhile to get my own ”spirits” ready for this Christmas…but I think I’ve moved through my blues and I’ve come out in a pretty nice place. I watched a video this morning of a flash mob singing Christmas Carols–so I looked up one for you to see! Click here for a short one that is quite uplifting! I love the chubby guy in the workshirt!

So, Merry Christmas to you. I hope your days and nights to come are filled with love and happiness.

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