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December 2017



Go: Christmas Traditions

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I’m wicked sick of the Yu Darvish non-article so I thought I’d post something new that we can chat on. Years ago we used to do “GO” columns. Sometimes they would be about baseball, sometimes not, mainly in the off season to give us a place to chat and something to chat about. We used to even have a logo for it. (That’s long gone!)

So, Merry Christmas VFTB’ers. I’m happy to have you all in my life. What are your favorite Christmas traditions? GO!

(And if you’re too busy with those Christmas traditions to yap with us, that’s ok! xoxoxo)

  • Seymour Butts

    I woke up one morning during Christmas break my freshman year of college and soon panicked. A very important part of me was oddly discolored. After a quick and humiliating trip to the emergency room, lesson learned. I decided that there were worse things in life that could happen to a person.
    Cheetos and porn have been a holiday tradition ever since.

    • Kyle

      so, Cheetos make good lube? Who’d have guessed…

  • Doc Raker

    Family. Good to have my kids home for break. Christmas Eve is always big with the Italians. Although the 7 fishes is the tradition we do a combo of fish and meat. I will be making my meatballs and sausage in a red gravy (spaghetti sauce for you gringos) and a lobster salad with heirloom tomatoes, basil, garlic, onion, olive oil, lemon and white wine vinegar.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    • Hmmm choices. Fish and meat vs. Cheetos and porn. I’m going to Doc’s.

      • cap’n realist

        that’s funny because only one of them is a ‘real’ Doc….

      • Doc Raker

        Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain eating cheetos

    • JTBarrett16

      What else was on the menu?

  • Karen Hirsh

    I am Jewish so that means dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant!!

    • JTBarrett16

      What about movies?

      • Karen Hirsh

        That’s for NYE.

    • Doc Raker

      Try the Duck

  • JTBarrett16

    My Chicago tradition of running away and going to a bar to watch basketball all day is no more since I have moved to Boston and have a family. Since we have a 6 year old, everyone goes all out for her. I have a camping trip every year in September near a Christmas store where the guy gives us discounted merchandise and a gift for our club, so I usually go there and get some ornaments for the tree. We usually start decorating after Halloween. This Christmas doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving doesn’t run in our house because the rest of the world doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving.

    My job consists of lugging up heavy bins with all the decorations so my landlord’s daughter can put all the decorations up, and then hearing her bitching and moaning about things not working and running to the store to get cords bulbs and batteries, despite me always giving her all my extras of these. While she’s putting all the decorations up, we look at the Paper Store catalog along with the Lenox website to look at adding Lenox pieces to the collection. We also look at what Disney things we can add. This year I added a musical Mickey and Minnie Christmas snow globe to the collection. All the gift wrapping is left to my landlord’s daughter. We make sure to either have the kid at her grandma’s house, or she does stuff on my computer in my room.

    My landlord has all his family gather at one of his other daughter’s houses on Xmas Eve, and the family we won’t see today we do gift exchange with them (mostly his son’s family since they live in NH). When we get home, we have the kid put out milk and cookies for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer. After she goes to bed, we put out all the gifts under the tree. On Christmas morning, I get up early to let everyone in so they bring their gifts for the kid. And then we let her open them up. She spent 2 hours opening her gifts today. Then we all clean up, nap, shower, and go back to my landlord’s daughter’s house for Xmas dinner. I got a $20 Starbucks gift card, and the kid got me a Krusty Burger t-shirt along with a Bart Simpson shirt. Now I need to get a Simpsons hat to go with my shirt.

    • Doc Raker

      Have Seymour make a video of this story. ………..Then we wrap gifts………………then we go to Starbucks…………then…….

  • Buddy

    Family, friends, food, football, a cocktail or two…what more can you ask?

  • cap’n realist

    Every year while roasting the prime rib, I hold off on the wine until my wife’s idiot family is ‘supposed’ to show up. I’m always drunk before they actually arrive.


    • JTBarrett16

      And your wife doesn’t give you hell?

      • cap’n realist

        she used to. Now she understands