Open Thread: Twas the Night


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Merry Xmas to the Obots, and the dog-lovers too!

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    efgoldman says:

    More music, from the late Renaissance / early baroque master of music in Venice:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnvYcvoRL_E

    [Music nerds: Listen for the wicked chord change on the word “Deus”.]

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    CA Doc says:

    Worked today, but it was really nice-everyone was in a good mood. Hubby put the ham in the oven, so dinner was easy. My daughter is with her BFF but I’m starting to miss her, so I’ll just go steal her back after they finish their dinner.
    Enjoying the calm before the storm of hosting my husband’s family for dinner tomorrow. It’s fun, but a bit more stressful than this!

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    Rosie Outlook says:

    NORAD says Santa’s on his way to Barbados. I enjoyed his flight past the Christ of the Andes while a cheery samba “Auld Lang Syne” played.

    I’m doped up on NyQuil; in an earlier, desperate effort at self-medication, I ate the last of the fudge. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Good night, Merry Christmas (this wish is fully transferable to any other holiday you may be observing) and may God bless us, every one!

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    Alison says:

    My brother came by today with his kids – the middle child will be 15 next week and wow, I hadn’t seen them in a while and she has grown up a lot. Looks very much like a teenager and is quite pretty, and this either makes me creepy or a super leftie raging feminist but I kind of want to send her birth control pills as a birthday gift. I don’t know if she’s having sex yet but I would not be surprised and she is, let’s just say, lacking a good mother figure. I have no problem with her being active if she wants to be but I’m terrified she’s not going to be careful and I just want to shovel packets of Yaz at her…

    I won’t. But I want to.

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    @Alison:
    That seems like the correct attitude to me. Being sexually active is her business, but adult advice about being safe would be a very good thing – except that when you get between a parent and his (and perhaps a her?) child, all Hell breaks loose.

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    CA Doc says:

    @Alison: But as her aunt, you’re in a great position to have a “chat” with her about taking care of herself. Teens are surprisingly up front if you treat them with respect and they appreciate good info supplied in a non-judgemental way.

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    Alison says:

    @CA Doc: Oh, I’m sure she would, and in fact would probably much prefer me to talk to about it than her mom. I figured I might just bring up the subject to her next time we talk, in a “just to let you know I’m here” way. I want to let her take the lead, but I also want her to know the metaphorical door is open for her to do so.

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    Alison says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Well, as for getting between them…her mother has no leg to stand on there, and my brother would probably be okay with me taking that role rather than him. If I actually were going to take her to PP or something, I would probably let him know first, but in a “here’s what’s up” sense, basically.

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    rikyrah says:

    I love our First Lady.

    Cracks me up that Bo thinks it’s no big deal that he’s in her lap.

    I think the secret is out…BO was for the First Lady…she lets Malia and Sasha see him, but that dog is all the way the First Lady’s dog.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Our FLOTUS is so awesome. She does a great job reading The Night Before Christmas. Sitting there with Bo on/in her lap is beyond awesome. She has such poise and confidence. AWESOME.

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    Opie_jeanne says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    And Alison, you sound like a wonderful aunt.

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    efgoldman says:

    @rikyrah:

    I love our First Lady.

    I think she’s the greatest FLOTUS in my lifetime (including Jackie Kennedy).
    I was born 2 months after FDR died, so Elinor wasn’t technically First Lady anymore.

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    LittleMan’s mom has to work Christmas day, so Mrs. Cisco and I scooped him up for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day festivities. He’ll enjoy being here and we’ll enjoy having him.

    Best wishes to all in BJ land.

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    lamh35 says:

    I guess the main reason why I love It’s A Wonderful Life is because I truly believe that we are all here for a purpose & even a small gesture of kindness that we might consider inconsequential, could make a substantial difference in someone else life. I know I know, I’m a sap! Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

    Good night guys, I gotsa work tmrw :-(

    “Remember, NO man is a failure who has FRIENDS”

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    Alison says:

    @Opie_jeanne: Aw, thanks! I try. I’m not the best role model in some ways, but I still want to be there for the girls if they need me…

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    rikyrah says:

    watching Bad Santa…..

    HILARIOUS

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh35:

    LAMH,

    I’m a sap too.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @efgoldman: FLOTUS is spectacular, no doubt about it.

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    magurakurin says:

    @rikyrah:

    Bad Santa. Best. Christmas. Movie. Ever.

    Anyone who tries to say it is “anti-Christmas” or some other such bullshit, has obviously never watched the film to its end( or at all.) It is totally a positive, “pro-Christmas spirit” message. I try to watch it every year now around the holidays. A little tradition never hurt I suppose.

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    the Conster says:

    FLOTUS is just so down to earth. You just know that they’re a great team, those two, and there won’t be any personal scandals coming out of this WH. Good grief, I got my Christmas present early, in November.

    /Obot

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    lamh35 says:

    Ok, one last post. This is why I love FLOTUS. For the last 2 years I believe, FLOTUS has answered phone calls for NORADS Santa tracking program. One of this year’s calls was awesome. Here’s the brief convo between 11-year-old Anthony from Fort Worth & FLOTUS:

    “MRS. OBAMA: Hello?

    ANTHONY: Hello?

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, is Anthony there?

    ANTHONY: Yeah.

    MRS. OBAMA: Hi, Anthony, it’s Michelle Obama, the First Lady. How are you?

    ANTHONY: Good.

    MRS. OBAMA: How old are you, Anthony?

    ANTHONY: Eleven.

    MRS. OBAMA: You’re eleven? Where do you live?

    ANTHONY: Texas.

    MRS. OBAMA: Texas, nice. Well, have you been — are you calling to find out where Santa is right now?

    ANTHONY: Yep.

    MRS. OBAMA: Because I’m working with the people who track Santa by satellite, and I’m looking at the screen right now and they say that — it’s showing that he was last spotted in Italy — Venice, Italy. Can you imagine that? He’s all the way in Europe. And in about 20 seconds he’s going to be headed for Croatia. That’s another country in Europe. It’s one of the European countries. So it’s close to Italy and all that, but it’s still in Europe.

    ANTHONY: Can you come visit me in Texas?

    MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, he’s heading your way. He’s heading your way. But you know what, Santa doesn’t come until you’re fast asleep. You do know that, right?

    ANTHONY: Yeah, I was talking about you trying to visit me.

    MRS. OBAMA: Oh, me come to visit you. (Laughter.) Well, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to come and visit before Christmas tomorrow, but if ever I find myself in Texas next year — and I know I’m going to be coming to Texas one time next year — hopefully we can see each other then. How does that sound?

    ANTHONY: Will you come to my house?

    MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, I don’t know if I can come to your house. I might not be able to do that. But I’ll be keeping an eye on you, though.

    ANTHONY: How about my school?

    MRS. OBAMA: Your school — maybe your school. What school do you go to?

    ANTHONY: (Inaudible).

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, well, I’m going to tell my assistant right now. What part of Texas are you from?

    ANTHONY: Fort Worth.

    MRS. OBAMA: You’re at Fort Worth? I was in Fort Worth last year. So maybe we can come back. But until then, I want you to have a merry Christmas, okay Anthony?

    ANTHONY: Okay.

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, you give your family my best — what did you say, babe?

    ANTHONY: Can I talk to your husband?

    MRS. OBAMA: He’s not here right now. (Laughter.) But you know what, I will tell him that you asked about him. Okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay.

    MRS. OBAMA: All right. You keep being a good kid. Work hard in school, okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay. Tell your daughters I said Merry Christmas.

    MRS. OBAMA: I sure will. Thank you so much. You give your family my best, okay? You give them all a Merry Christmas from all of the Obamas, okay?

    ANTHONY: Okay. Thank you.

    MRS. OBAMA: All right, bye-bye.

    ANTHONY: Bye-bye.”

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    efgoldman says:

    @lamh35: That’s cute, alright, but is there really an eleven-year-old anywhere who still believes in Santa?

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    Alison says:

    @efgoldman: Hell, I’m 32, but if I thought it would get me a phone call from Michelle, I’d swear on a stack on live television that I still believed in Santa :)

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    efgoldman says:

    @Alison:

    Hell, I’m 32, but if I thought it would get me a phone call from Michelle….

    There is that.

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    peorgietirebiter says:

    one cat, three kittens, three dogs, wife, adult son and not a creature is stirring all through the house. I’m on the couch full of cookies and nyquil, resting comfortably as they say. God I love HD tv. TCM HD is like a theater time machine with pristine prints. Lots to be grateful for here, a very merry christmas to you all.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I made my niece watch that video tonight, because none of the rest of my teabagger family would be able to watch it without making a nasty comment about the FLOTUS, and this is not the year for that crap.

    Good news is, my dad was let out of the hospital for Christmas, so we’ll all be together for the holiday. The long-term prospects aren’t so good, but we’ll just take a “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” perspective and enjoy him while we can.

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    Gex says:

    @CA Doc: And it’s easier with a non-parent, if you ask me.

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    Gex says:

    @Alison: Simply TRYING is being a old role model. That’s huge to kids, even if they can’t express it.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Best wishes to all from this Obotte. Off to the living room have our traditional Christmas Eve nightcap with Mr. Q.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I’m off to bed, and I posted this downstairs, but I’ll throw it up again: the Trade Winds, “New York’s a Lonely Town.” Not a holiday song, but one that I associate with this holiday. Maybe it’s the sleigh bells and the snow. Or maybe because it’s completely hokey. Whatever.

    Merry Christmas to all Juicers, families, loved ones and pets!

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    some guy says:

    Santa has come and filled stockings and buried the tree in presents. 5 hours to mayhem, and counting.

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    JasonF says:

    When Republicans watch It’s a Wonderful Life, do they understand that Mr. Potter is the villain?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Steeplejack:

    P.S. Thought for the coming year: “The Creator Has a Master Plan.” And She invites you to play!

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    Canuckistani Tom says:

    Sittin’ here on the couch, looking at the christmas tree all lit up. We do a scandinavian style Christmas in my family, which means Christmas eve, not day, is the big day. Presents are opened before bed, the reason being that Santa being from scandinavia gets the local area done early. (It has NOTHING to do with parents wanting to sleep in on Christmas morning instead of being awoken at 3 am by 4 year olds wanting to open presents)

    Today was old Christmas movie day. The original Miracle on 34th street, IAWL, Scrooge with Alistair Sim. Does anyone know if ‘A Christmas Carol’ is the first time travel story written? Because that’s basically what it is, Scrooge’s spirits not only show him his past, but take him a few hours and then a few years into the future.

    We’re a very practical family when it comes to gifts. My Mom actually asked for a new salad spinner. I got several great books.

    Merry Christmas to all

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    NotMax says:

    @Canuckistani Tom

    Does anyone know if ‘A Christmas Carol’ is the first time travel story written?

    Not the first story depicting someone experiencing the future.

    For those singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – well, you have a scad of choices of different versions from which to choose, all penned by the original lyricist.

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    RobertDSC-PowerMac 466 says:

    Updating my iMac G5. Waiting for a video out adapter to show up so I can use an external monitor.

    The family is headed into some rocky territory after the holidays, so we got together tonight. The kids got a lot of stuff.

    And I am goddamned fucking tired of being broke.

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    CA Doc says:

    Got the youngest to bed, and the older one needs to go to bed so I can do the stockings (he doesn’t believe in Santa anymore, but does a good job covering up for his little sister) We had to make a 9pm batch of Tollhouse cookies for Santa, because he wasn’t going to like the other offerings I had on hand. Sheesh!

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    maven says:

    Every Xmas Eve I enjoy watching the St. Olaf Choir on PBS. I had friends in HS who went there and fun to watch so many college kids really into singing.

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    moderateindy says:

    Cool story about why NORAD tracks Santa every year. Back in the 50’s or early 60’s there was a number in (I believe) a newspaper that had a phone number that kids could call and speak with Santa. For some reason a little girl dialed the wrong number and got NORAD instead, which in turn started the tradition.

    Twas the Night…………..
    Twas the night before Christmas,
    but you’re not at your house,
    you’re in county lock-up,
    and you’ve just been de-loused.
    You meant no harm,
    just had too much too drink,
    then you wizzed on a cop car,
    and got thrown in the clink.
    You’re stuck in the cell
    so you sit and you stare,
    hoping someone with bail
    soon will be there.
    No dreams about sugar plums
    are gonna dance in your melon,
    you don’t get much sleep
    when you share a room with a felon.
    There’s a noise from above
    so you look to the roof,
    there stands a fat little man,
    who smells about 80 proof.
    He’s dressed all in red,
    from his head to his toes,
    in his moustache and beard
    are snots that had froze.
    He had a broad face,
    and quite a large belly,
    he looked dirty and tired,
    and was really quite smelly.
    He wobbles a bit,
    and stumbles around,
    then slurs out the phrase,
    there’s no chimney to go down.
    He carries a fifth,
    and a six pack of beer,
    if this guy is Santa
    then where’s the reindeer?
    He shouts, “Hey Dancer, Hey Prancer,
    Hey Vixen, Hey RuPaul,
    those aren’t reindeer
    they’re drag queens he’s tryin to call.
    Maybe he is Santa,
    man that’d be sweet,
    nope he escaped from the nut house,
    just down the street.
    Then with a wink of his eye,
    and a twist of his head,
    he falls off the roof
    now he’s probably dead.
    Your friends can’t raise the bail
    so you’re shit out of luck,
    thus you come to the conclusion,
    that Christmastime sucks.

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    clayton says:

    This is the first Christmas since that last Christmas when I lived overseas and had had enough of the old wag who happens to have birthed me in which I will not have to endure her. Though I do take pleasure in thinking about her seething while waiting for her grandchildren who have to engage those awful in-laws.

    I feel better than ever.

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    Ruckus says:

    @rikyrah:
    That is a great movie. I do believe that you have to have a certain sense of humor to enjoy it. My sense of humor is pretty twisted so I guess that’s why I like it. I gave away my DVD to a friend a few yrs ago but I may have to get another copy.

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    Montarvillois says:

    Didn’t plan to watch the whole 7 minutes, but I did! Delightful.

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    AxelFoley says:

    @efgoldman:

    @lamh35: That’s cute, alright, but is there really an eleven-year-old anywhere who still believes in Santa

    Ten years ago, my ex-girlfriend’s then 10-year-old son still believed in Santa. I was there Christmas Day when he found out Santa wasn’t real (and, no, it wasn’t me who told him).

    Funniest Christmas Day ever, and not just for his reaction.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    Great to hear your dad is out of the hospital. He will enjoy being home with you all.

    Merry Christmas to all here.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @efgoldman: Yes. I did; my nephew does. Maybe it’s not really believing at that point though; it’s more like deciding not to disbelieve.

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    Lojasmo says:

    LOL. When my son was about five he asked if santa really exists. I told him Santa is like god. Some people believe, and some don’t.

    When I asked if he believed, he said “no”.

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