Report from Louisiana: Christmas Checklist

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Report from Louisiana: Christmas Checklist

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Are you try­ing to get into the Christ­mas spirit? Already IN the spirit? Here’s a list of things to do because it is Christ­mas (inspired by British Logic):

  1. Bake some fruit­cake cook­ies (fruit­cake is awful; fruit­cake cook­ies are wonderful).
  2. Watch Love Actu­ally.
  3. Mix up some spicy Bloody Marys and an assort­ment of gar­nishes. Invite friends over.
  4. Go to a really crowded shop­ping cen­ter. You don’t have to buy anything.
  5. Avoid every WalMart.
  6. Bake and dec­o­rate sugar cookies.
  7. Build a gin­ger­bread vil­lage.
  8. Drive around and look at Christ­mas lights.
  9. Lis­ten to Christ­mas music on Pan­dora, espe­cially the tra­di­tional tunes.
  10. Hang tiny white lights around your kitchen.
  11. Make four batches of Chex Mix. Throw in what­ever sounds good. Dis­trib­ute what you can’t eat to friends at the office.
  12. Wear Christ­mas socks.
  13. Go see Santa. Count how many chil­dren cry when their pic­ture is taken with him.
  14. Put up a live Christ­mas tree.
  15. Have an argu­ment with some­one about white v. col­ored lights.
  16. Watch Christ­mas Vacation.
  17. Buy one really extrav­a­gant gift for some­one who would least expect it but really deserves it.
  18. Write out Christ­mas cards: not the oblig­a­tory Xerox Christ­mas let­ter and not a Shut­ter­fly photo of your per­fect fam­ily – real cards with glit­tery Christ­mas scenes.
  19. Buy Christ­mas stamps for your Christ­mas cards.
  20. Stand in a really long line at the post office at absolutely the last pos­si­ble minute.
  21. Put a red table­cloth on your table. Find some holly to use as dec­o­ra­tion. Bonus points if it has red berries.
  22. Post­pone all of your gift wrap­ping until the last minute. Spread it out across the liv­ing room floor and do all of your wrap­ping in one evening.
  23. For­get where you hid at least one gift.
  24. Put antlers or a rein­deer nose on your car.
  25. Attend a per­for­mance of The Nut­cracker.
  26. Read a great Christ­mas book.
  27. Attend a local per­for­mance of Christ­mas music.
  28. Make a killer rum cake.
  29. Buy at least one present for yourself.
  30. Buy an advent cal­en­dar.
  31. Hang a live wreath on your door.
  32. Donate to the char­ity of your choice. Bonus points if it’s a local ani­mal res­cue or a home­less shelter.
  33. Watch A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas.
  34. Attend a small-​town Christ­mas parade.
  35. Eat your weight in Brach’s pep­per­mint nougat.
  36. Make a pot of seafood gumbo. Serve with hot French bread.
  37. Watch the A Christ­mas Story
  38. Find some live mistle­toe grow­ing in a tree; knock it down and hang a sprig in a door­way. Do not do this at the office.
  39. Roast pecans. Add sugar and butter.
  40. Take your next door neigh­bor a plate of Christ­mas cookies.
  41. Treat your­self to a shot of really fine bour­bon.
  42. Buy a poin­set­tia. Or two. Or three.
  43. Build a bonfire.
  44. Go sled­ding. Unless you live in Louisiana.
  45. Play upbeat Christ­mas tunes over your out­door speak­ers while doing yard­work. Look at how many neigh­bors come outside.
  46. Visit with neighbors.
  47. Have a really good cry for those you miss so badly it hurts.
  48. Check out the list of top 100 Christ­mas movies. Watch a few you’ve never seen.
  49. Make cheese straws. They are best with a cold bour­bon over ice.
  50. Go to the mid­night Christ­mas ser­vice at your church. Or some­one else’s church.
  51. Attend a Christ­mas play.
  52. Go ice skating.
  53. Watch The Bishop’s Wife.
  54. Call your mother, if you can.
  55. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christ­mas with a child.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Are you trying to get into the Christmas spirit?  Already IN the spirit?  Here’s a list of things to do because it is Christmas (inspired by British Logic):

  1. Bake some fruitcake cookies (fruitcake is awful; fruitcake cookies are wonderful).
  2. Watch Love Actually.
  3. Mix up some spicy Bloody Marys and an assortment of garnishes. Invite friends over.
  4. Go to a really crowded shopping center. You don’t have to buy anything.
  5. Avoid every WalMart.
  6. Bake and decorate sugar cookies.
  7. Build a gingerbread village.
  8. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  9. Listen to Christmas music on Pandora, especially the traditional tunes.
  10. Hang tiny white lights around your kitchen.
  11. Make four batches of Chex Mix. Throw in whatever sounds good.  Distribute what you can’t eat to friends at the office.
  12. Wear Christmas socks.
  13. Go see Santa. Count how many children cry when their picture is taken with him.
  14. Put up a live Christmas tree.
  15. Have an argument with someone about white v. colored lights.
  16. Watch Christmas Vacation.
  17. Buy one really extravagant gift for someone who would least expect it but really deserves it.
  18. Write out Christmas cards: not the obligatory Xerox Christmas letter and not a Shutterfly photo of your perfect family – real cards with glittery Christmas scenes.
  19. Buy Christmas stamps for your Christmas cards.
  20. Stand in a really long line at the post office at absolutely the last possible minute.
  21. Put a red tablecloth on your table. Find some holly to use as decoration.  Bonus points if it has red berries.
  22. Postpone all of your gift wrapping until the last minute. Spread it out across the living room floor and do all of your wrapping in one evening.
  23. Forget where you hid at least one gift.
  24. Put antlers or a reindeer nose on your car.
  25. Attend a performance of The Nutcracker.
  26. Read a great Christmas book.
  27. Attend a local performance of Christmas music.
  28. Make a killer rum cake.
  29. Buy at least one present for yourself.
  30. Buy an advent calendar.
  31. Hang a live wreath on your door.
  32. Donate to the charity of your choice. Bonus points if it’s a local animal rescue or a homeless shelter.
  33. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  34. Attend a small-town Christmas parade.
  35. Eat your weight in Brach’s peppermint nougat.
  36. Make a pot of seafood gumbo. Serve with hot French bread.
  37. Watch the A Christmas Story
  38. Find some live mistletoe growing in a tree; knock it down and hang a sprig in a doorway. Do not do this at the office.
  39. Roast pecans. Add sugar and butter.
  40. Take your next door neighbor a plate of Christmas cookies.
  41. Treat yourself to a shot of really fine bourbon.
  42. Buy a poinsettia. Or two.  Or three.
  43. Build a bonfire.
  44. Go sledding. Unless you live in Louisiana.
  45. Play upbeat Christmas tunes over your outdoor speakers while doing yardwork. Look at how many neighbors come outside.
  46. Visit with neighbors.
  47. Have a really good cry for those you miss so badly it hurts.
  48. Check out the list of top 100 Christmas movies. Watch a few you’ve never seen.
  49. Make cheese straws. They are best with a cold bourbon over ice.
  50. Go to the midnight Christmas service at your church. Or someone else’s church.
  51. Attend a Christmas play.
  52. Go ice skating.
  53. Watch The Bishop’s Wife.
  54. Call your mother, if you can.
  55. Read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with a child.