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New Year’s Eve is a night for friends, family, reflection, introspection and drinking.
Usually, lots and lots of drinking.
But imagine waking up Jan. 1 to a world of possibilities — and football — and a day that doesn’t include stuffing your face with greasy food while trying to move as little as possible as you sweat inappropriately and regret your decisions from the previous night.
This could be your life.
If it’s true that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it then we have some serious cramming to do.
A lot of stuff happened this year.
Some of it was good — for example, we all survived the end of the world. Nice try, Mayans.
Some of it was not so good. Was anyone really clamoring for that No Doubt reunion?
But a new year presents new challenges and will no doubt supply a fair share of its own teachable moments that will only be overcome with the experience gained from our prior mishaps.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions as a kid was attending Christmas Eve mass.
We were far too young for midnight mass and our family was usually traveling to upstate New York to visit family on Christmas Eve so instead we attended mass around 4 or 5 p.m.
I would sit patiently through the first reading, then the second and the gospel, anxiously counting down the minutes until we would be headed back home to our traditional Christmas Eve dinner, a screening of the animated classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and off to bed.
Sometimes, there's nothing like being in a city to make you feel like Christmas is nearly here.
That's where I found myself last night as the family and I headed to Indianapolis to take in dinner and a show. Yes, that's probably the most old-timely thing I can remember saying in quite some time.
It was beautiful.
Only about two hours late getting into Indianapolis last night, a fate shared by hundreds, if not thousands, of my fellow travelers judging by the number of people packing the terminal and crowding around the baggage claim carousels.
I didn't get home until about 1 a.m. so I didn't see all of the snow on the ground that the area had received the night before but it was quite a sight to wake up to this morning.
The area only received a light dusting so it's not like there's snowdrifts lining the streets or anything but it sure is a pretty sight to wake up to.
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There are some songs, a select few, that perfectly capture the feeling and vibe of Christmas.
They are few and far but when you hear them, you are immediately transported to a certain Christmas memory or time and place.
Today's song, Perry Como's "There's No Place like Home (For the Holidays)" is one of those songs for me.
Whenever I hear this song, I think of being on the road or in the airport at Christmasttime, surrounded by similarly excited fellow travelers also on their way to see family and friends.
As our views on food change and more and more Americans head into the kitchen, the cookbook has become an increasingly valuable tool.
It’s a refreshing change from the last decade or so, when the cookbook felt like a coffee table book for your kitchen or a vanity project for a chef looking to raise his profile.
Those days are over.
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Some great Christmas songs have somehow managed to slip through the cracks.
These songs don't get the play that "White Christmas" or "The Christmas Song" or even a song like "Last Christmas" gets but they are no less meaningful or significant.
I had forgotten about today's song, "Marshmallow World" until last year when I heard it, in all places, at Disney World in Magic Kingdom's "Once Upon a Christmasttime" parade.
I was hooked.
This renaissance coincided with the release of Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler's terrific Christmas album, "This is Christmas."