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  1. weezell

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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...

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

    ". . . I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul."
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    I'm spending the evening at a big family gathering and after giving two of my cousins pipes and kit for Christmas we're going to sit on the patio. Hopefully, the rest of the evening will be spent smoking pipes, drinking scotch and celebrating.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    I will be at work until 4 and then I will go to uncles house, smoke a pipe, then go to sleep

    "Sometimes I cannot help but to think that too often we transform our smoking practice into a fetish--chasing the vaunted and supreme--things with allure and cachet--whilst forgetting the simple pleasures of pipe smoking. Making things too complicated sure can lose some easy moments..."
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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!

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    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.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I have been training my cat to light my pipe with a long match but he is still afraid of the flame. Maybe he will be ready to give it a go by then.

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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.

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    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!)

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    My 3 kids are all grown, but we all hang out with my youngest daughter and her in laws...really cool people, none smoke but they all love the fact that I do...they insist on me smoking my pipe...said it smells Christmasy...they figure that Santa does, frosty does, and any wise men from the orient would also...wise men always smoke pipes.

    No kidding...my daughter's father in law told me that with a wink.

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    My wife and I may go see the latest Hobbit movie in the evening. I am off that day but she has to work until 6 p.m.

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    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

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    ushering and lectoring for the early "family" mass at my Episcopal parish

    I see a new calling for you...Churchwarden..sit in the back, next to the window so you can smoke, the long stem does a great job poking the ribs of those who slumber and snore.

    Hey it's kinda like an usher.

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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.

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    I'll be working at the group home early on that day,

    Saint Nick, indeed...whether it is expressed to you or not by your clients escioe, that spirit of Christmas is manifested in your labor towards those under your charge.

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    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!

    Dot
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    I'll be working on Christmas day. In the evening I will probably spend it with my wife and her family eating KFC.
    Will probably smoke a bowl of Old Dublin after that!

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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.
    Will smoke a pipe after that of course!

    You'll need to in order to get that nasty taste out of your mouth. Yikes!

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    I would smoke if I were dining on KFC.

    It takes a lot of work to produce your meal...it is only right to give credit where due.

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    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!

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    I'm also working Christmas eve. I should be home by 1AM Christmas morning upon when I'll light up my Peterson Christmas pipe and sip some Bulleit bourbon whiskey.

    The pipe is an instrument of civilization.
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    I'm going to be staying up way past my bedtime... waiting anxiously...

    for the Doctor Who Christmas special...

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    My daughter and son-in-law are coming in on Tuesday night from New Orleans. We haven't seen them since June, so it will be fun to catch up and spend some time with them. The SIL smokes a pipe, so we'll squeeze in a bowl before Mass. The rest of our extended family is meeting at our place that evening, so we're blessed to have a house full of people and fun times.

    I found this late 40's Kaywoodie Churchwarden a few months ago and restored it. I've saved smoking it until Christmas Eve, so that will be my pipe of the day.

    Al

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    Christmas Eve is a big event for my family. We still do the traditional, Italian, Feast of the 7 Fish.

    We start cooking today and it culminates in 30 people at my parents house for Christmas Eve. That's just for dinner. After, we have an open house for friends and acquaintances. There will be spreads of cookies and meat, cheese and olive trays to pick on after dinner, and plenty of drink and merriment. If the last couple years are any tell, festivities should wrap up about 2 am.

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    been saving this one for Christmas eve

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    I'll be making up a pot of venison chili from the buck I killed last month. It will be most delicious. My folks will be here as well as my daughter, husband and two of my grandchildren. Then for desert we will light the candle on the cake to celebrate Jesus' birthday. That is a new tradition that I'm starting to maybe jog the kids minds away from presents and toward the real reason for the celebration if only for a little while. Oh yea I'll get a bowl of something in there later after everyone has left. Wonderful times.

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    Like Gigger, I'm probably going to be sharing holiday festivities with my cat.

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    My plans to go up north got scuttled when our top management cancelled the traditional Christmas break a couple of days ago. So I'll enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday here, rather than up north with my fiancée. We'll have to do a phone-in Christmas Eve.

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    Dinner at home with my wife and three sons (my daughter will be at her in-laws in NC this year). Then a drink and a pipeful with my two oldest sons, followed by midnight Mass.

    Since you have to die anyway, you might as well die from something you like.
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    As many of you know I am deployed and away from home. My lovely wife, 12 year old daughter, and 8 year old son will be in Denver with most of her family. They are in for a really nice time and every inch but one wishes I could be with them. That one inch will be glad to put on the uniform and return to the flight line. Maintenance should be slow and I'll send most of my people back to their rooms for Christmas Eve for a rare extra evening off. We can't shut down completely so I will be here through the night. With any luck I will see Chevy Chase's Christmas Star right before sunrise. I just received my Peterson, Holiday Season 2014 from SmokingPipes.Com. I will enjoy multiple bowls of that while listening to Christmas music and reading.

    I want you all to know that I have enjoyed this thread immensely. I have read every single person's contribution thus far and it warms my heart to know what you all have in store. I am new around here but I will be thinking of some of the plans shared above. Please enjoy your time with your families and friends and only think of folks like me for a small moment but please do not linger. There are thousands of us who do what we do to play our part in making all the above possible. We do it with great pride. Merry Christmas to you all!

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    Pipebaum81, thank you for your service and I sure hope next Christmas you get to spend every minute with your family.

    Sablebrush52, that's really too bad. I say we send cousin Eddy after the boss man.

    I will be up early preparing dinner for my family. My parents, sister's family, nephew's family and grandparents will be in attendance. Most everyone will bring a dish, dessert or appetizer so I can concentrate a bit. I think I'll be doing roasted winter vegetables and Sriracha deviled eggs but definitely a crown rack of lamb and Yorkshire pudding. I think the wife will be making some rolls and assisting me with prep. The kids will be busying trying to undue all our efforts at cleaning. Some friends should be stopping by later in the evening and I pan to smoke a bowl or two as the day allows. Regardless I hope to retire to the garage after the final presents are placed under the tree for morning for some 2008 Christmas Cheer. Here's hoping you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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    My middle daughter and her SO are coming up from Illinois for the holidays. We will attend Christmas Eve services at my UU church; I think my oldest daughter, son-in-law, and toddler grandson will join us. The minister has asked me to read the Christmas story from Luke; I've been doing this for a number of years. Then we will go back to the house for tacos. (I have no idea how it started, but tacos are a Christmas Eve tradition.) I will probably have a Christmas Eve dram; tobacco is out of the question while my eldest is there, because she has some severe allergies.
    Christmas morning we will gather again, along with my youngest daughter and her husband.

    Most of all, we will love each other and hold each other close. This is our first Christmas without my wife and their mother, who died in April. We got through Thanksgiving, which our favorite holiday; now comes Christmas.

    Thought in the early morning, solace in time of woes,
    Peace in the hush of the twilight, balm ere my eyelids close
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    @pipebaum81: I didn't realize you were deployed. Have a peaceful and safe night, you will be in my prayers for a safe return.

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    Pbaum, stay safe, people like you are the backbone of this country. My twin son will be in early from Houston, we"ll , wife and I will be putting on a seafood gumbo on, wrapping presents for Christmas Day when my Oldest son and family may or may not come, Exxon has deemed the project he's working on must be completed. He's Airborne so he won't complain if he can't . My twin daughter will come with her family on Christmas, she married an Italian and they tradionally spend Christmas Eve with his family and Christmas Day with us, Grandaughter says she loves our home cause it always smells like Food HaHa. We don't have a tree up this year I am in a neck brace and couldn't help wife get out the big tree in the attic . PMon knows something is up but not what, he's watched the wife stuff the Pork roast and debone the turkey all while laying on rug at wife's feet hopeing for a morsel . All in all I wish anyone reading this to be warm and safe for Christmas as I have also been deployed for Christmas and remember tears comeing down hearing Bing Crosbys White Christmas, yes even the tough cry. Merry Christmas All.

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    Working until 5pm Christmas Eve for no damn apparent good reason. Then will go home and finish the preparations for entire family visiting on Christmas Day. 16 people in total.

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

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    Should be a good Christmas Eve this year, many of the neighbors grandkids will be visiting so I'm planning to sit outside with a couple of cigars sipping on some nice rum while waiting for the chubby dude in the red suit to stop by the neighbors house and while he is breaking in to steal those cookies I'm going to try and score me some fresh reindeer meat to have for my Christmas meal. Yep after blasting Rudolph with a load of reindeer shot from the shotgun I plan to chase Santa down the street till he drops them cookies so I can enjoy them while smoking a pipe and pondering on just how to cook my reindeer.

    Yep, should be a good Christmas for sure.

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    We will be going to a friends house for their annual get together. Then it will be off to church, where my family is supposed to help light the Advent Wreath and I'm supposed to read something, but we are still waiting on the Pastor to send me the verse. Then back to the house to have a bite to eat and wrestle my son to sleep. It will then be time to sit back with a glass of aged rum and briar full of some sublime blend yet to be picked and wait for the Belschnickle to arrive.

    "The value of tobacco is best understood when it is the last you possess, and there is no chance of getting more."
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    Having a few friends over for some steaks, and to exchange a few gifts. After they leave, I'll be in the big chair, watching christmas movies, and curled up with my fiance, smoking a bowl or two of Molto Dolce.

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    I will head over to my parents on Tues night. Wed, i will head to a flea market in search of good estate pipes. After a large family Christmas dinner ( I am going to be making Baklava, and it WILL trump my mothers..muahahaha!) our immediate family normally heads to the cinema. We will watch the final Hobbit. We watches LotR and Hobbit every Christmas in the cinemas, and we will again.

    Unfortunately, I dont have any family that I can gift the pipe, or else I would.

    Hoody Hoo! Roll for Initiative, Monkey-boy!
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    Dinner with my family

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    Christmas Eve is going to be busy for me. My FIL is coming into town and will be staying with us. First we will head to church for a 6pm service, I am the lay leader for my church so I have a lot to do to ensure the service goes off without a hitch. Then I have to ensure the 11pm service is all set as I wont be there for that one. Then its back to my house where my wife has invited at least 15 people over for dinner. I feel my PTSD flaring up already LOL I plan on ending the night smoking some Stonehaven that I save for special occasions.

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    Smoke.... A partagas series d no 4 and my new pipe.... While gazing out at at the street, pondering the nature of the universe and my place in it. I shall then proceded to cry a little because I'm alone. I'll then drink some expensive scotch and smoke more in an effort to improve my outlook. This won't work. I'll take an ambien and drift off into oblivion. I LOVE the holidays!! Merry Xmas!!! ☺️

    Nate @ Moody AL
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    Traditional Italian Xmas eve. Homemade pasta, meatballs, pork roast, beer battered smelt, Italian wedding soup, salad, lots of wine, cheese, and canoli's.

    I don't know where I'm going...but sooner or later I'll get there.
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    Merry Christmas, indianafrank.

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    I will be working until around 1 pm, then driving to my folks some 300 miles away; they're keeping my little girl since the daycare is closed all week. She's been gone since Sunday morning and I don't know how to act. I will probably meet Santa Claus on the way there. Nice four-and-a-half day weekend

    edit to add this picture of myself and Georgi from the SPC Christmas "thing"

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    I will work at the Shop until the last of the "I need a pipe or some tobacco for Dad (or Grandpa)crowd" is gone. I will drive the 35 miles up into the mountains and watch the landscape turn slowly white, for there will be a white Christmas this year at our house. I will start a fire in the glass front wood stove, and enjoy whatever the RedHead has prepared for dinner. The final preparation of the venison roast, and into the crockpot it goes. A shot of Bourbon after dinner, and eggnog for the Wife. No late night for us, as the crowd will arrive in the early afternoon Christmas Day, and the cats and dogs will have all the little ones petting them until time to wash up for dinner.
    escioe, that was my life for 17 years....it is good to know that there are still men that care enough to put in the time and hard work it takes to change lives.
    pipebaum81, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, for without you and the others like you we might well have nothing to celebrate. Thank you.

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    I suspect my wife and daughter will be in bed fairly early, my son will be working til midnight. After the gifts are under the tree, I'll probably enjoy a holiday movie marathon with whoever is still awake. Miracle on 34th Street (the original), Scrooge (the musical) and end with The Homecoming (for my money the best Christmas movie ever). Will probably alternate bowls of Peterson's Holiday Cheer 2014 with Dunhill Nightcap and keep myself hydrated with glasses of Jura single malt (10 yo) with just the tiniest splash of water in it.

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    pipebaum81, thanks, and back at ya. And Merry Xmas to everyone.

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    I'll head home from the office an hour early, and have dinner with my spouse (who has Christmas Eve off). Then we'll probably play World of Warcraft until the wee hours.

    We don't actually celebrate Christmas, so we've already done our ritual observance of the Solstice sunrise (accompanied by drumming and a pipeful of Odin's Wind this year). I'll have the day after Christmas off, so I'll probably head over to the B&M to spend part of my bonus on a new pipe for 2015...



    "De gustibus non est disputandum."
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