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weezell

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Oct 12, 2011
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Mine will be spent with my wife and hound. Pipe in hand with a blend of my choice, cognac,and cold beer of choice. Snacks of good cheese and meats and a warm fire. And last but not least, a Prayer for those who have less than myself. May God bless them with what they need. And a Prayer for those who have more, for money can not buy happiness and love...

 

dread

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Jun 19, 2013
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At home with my Wife and Son, and after he goes to bed putting things together and wrapping presents.

 

buster

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Sep 1, 2011
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After the boys go to bed. I will serve up a Scotch and water for myself and a bowl of one of three of my go to blends. I will then stage gifts under the tree and or assemble what ever needs to get put together. We always leave cookies and milk for santa. This year though my eight year old wants to leave corn bread and milk for santa. I say that's the Okie in him from my side. We also leave carrots and oats for the rain deer on the front porch. I have a chopper that looks like teeth marks I use on the carrots to help make it look authentic rain deer have eaten the carrot! I'm going to just enjoy my kids reactions and feel blessed for what we have.
Wishing all of you and yours a happy holliday, how ever you celebrate it in your house.

 

cobguy

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Oct 18, 2013
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Sounds like a nice evening weezell! :)
My step-daughter and grandkids will be coming by to join my wife and I for dinner.

We're making a glazed spiral ham, potatoes au gratin, dressing and a couple different salads.

Egg nog and cognac will be available as well as some Champagne.
After it quiets down, I'll slip out to the back porch with some of that cognac, neat, and my pipe.

 

yazamitaz

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Mar 1, 2013
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Spending time with the Fam, wrapping last minute stocking gifts and putting a bowl of Astley's 44 through my new Zach Hamric rhodey

 

texmexpipe

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Oct 20, 2014
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We will start it off with a nice candle light service at church with the whole family. This is quite a site as it is attended by about 500 people each year and when the candles are lit and the last song is going it's a special moment. We will then go back home eat some dinner and put the kids down. I'm sure a pipe will be in there somewhere near the end of the evening.

 

blueeyedogre

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Oct 17, 2013
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I'll be alone Christmas eve as my lovely wife will be at work. I'll probably relax and head out to midnight mass then a pipe and a scotch before bed.

 

dochudson

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May 11, 2012
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Christmas eve will be relaxing with the wife.. fire place going, bourbon for me, wine for the wife. might even throw White Christmas on the TV. Christmas day the kids show early and stay late. lots to eat, present exchanges, etc..

 

vfefrenzy

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Nov 4, 2014
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I will be at my in-laws, probably reading, hopefully also getting in a smoke or two. We don't have anything going on Christmas eve this year, so it will just be hanging out.

 

warren

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Sep 13, 2013
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Some chili, a couple bowls with a couple snifters of something . . . Martel? A quiet, late night walk with the dog and then to bed. The usual.

 

conlejm

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Mar 22, 2014
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Candlelight service at church with wife and four children, then relax a bit with a pipe and a bourbon. After the kids are in bed, prepare the gifts. Christmas Day spent with extended family and of course setting up all the new electronic toys for the kids to play with. This part gets more complicated each year!

 

papipeguy

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Jul 31, 2010
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Bethlehem, Pa.
We're going to dinner at one of Emeril's restaurants at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa with friends and then over to the lounge to listen to another friends' band. Not very traditional but more fun than the usual pizza by the tree.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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Probably a church service, then home to study how to cook a Christmas goose and relax with

my wife and three rescue cats and wonder if any pipes are waiting for me on Christmas, which

I strongly suspect. Two cats are completely Maine Coon in appearance, brothers, and the other

a little female shorthair black and white who marches around. She's the mouser.

 

frank13

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Oct 5, 2014
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Bakersfield, CA
We usually have a very formal Christmas Eve get-together. Everyone dresses up, and we eat in the formal dining room. Later in the evening, presents are opened, and then, when all the kids are occupied at the other end of the house, the adults all settle down with hot cocoa, tea, or something stronger, and either relish the quietude, or else engage in quiet conversation. I personally take that as my cue to go outdoors and smoke my pipe.
Christmas morning/day, everyone is back with their immediate family, and perhaps smaller gifts are exchanged, or not... (After everyone gets to sleep late, which is a rare treat!)

 

fnord

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Dec 28, 2011
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Topeka, KS
Christmas Eve starts at 5:00 p.m. ushering and lectoring for the early "family" mass at my Episcopal parish. Afterwards, home for a few hours, and a bite to eat before I go back for the more traditional midnight mass I adore. I'll be ushering and lectoring again, but I'm also tasked with keeping the thurible stoked. (That's the the small incense burning brass ball, suspended from chains, carried by a senior acolyte.)
The twist this year will be a judicious pinch of Dunhill Nightcap or C&D's Star of the East atop the little briquets of incense. We always let everyone know that the midnight service is a high mass and incense will be used: so, the air will not be pure and coughers are going to cough.
When I get home the good bourbon comes out and a few bowls are enjoyed.
Fnord

 

escioe

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Oct 31, 2013
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I'll be working at the group home early on that day, so the morning will be spent cooking breakfast and probably going ice skating with them. Later on, it'll be much like other days: walk the dog, smoke a pipe. I may pour a drink, and it may be tending toward outsized.

 

dottiewarden

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Mar 25, 2014
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Toronto
I'll be at my inlaws with the wife and daughter and we'll eat Christmas Eve dinner at 10:00 pm, then open some presents at midnight. There may be a little whiskey and/or tequila but we don't drink much. I'll be smoking Mac Baren Cube Silver if I get a chance to get a bowl in.
I'll will definitely not be getting pipes or tobacco from my family as they consider me to be ultra irresponsible to be smoking tobacco in this day and age. My wife has already asked me to give up my pipe, but I gave her a flat out NO!

 

escioe

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Oct 31, 2013
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Regarding the group home: The kids I work with are all awesome, and most of them think the same of me most of the time. They're 16-18 and we're supposed to be teaching them basic life skills before they venture forth to sink or swim on their own. Sometimes that means having a heart to heart about what it means to apologize to someone whom you've just told to go to hell. Other times it means showing them an easy way to mince garlic. It's pretty much always rewarding, though the compensation is a bit on the light side.
I will probably spend it with my wife and her family eating KFC. 8O

Will smoke a pipe after that of course!
You'll need to in order to get that nasty taste out of your mouth. Yikes!

 

condorlover1

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Dec 22, 2013
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New York
I will be traveling the day before Christmas to warmer climes so maybe on Christmas Day I may get a chance to finish a bowl or three without my nuts freezing off in the NYC winter!