Okay, I have a regular Christmas Eve tradition. As a family, we all watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation together (it used to just be me and MrMountain, but the kids are old enough to join us now). Then usually around 11:00 or so, the kids and my husband head off to bed and it's time for me to get my Christmas spirit on. I get all the equipment and start wrapping like a fool. I had started delaying my wrapping 1) because my kids were really bad about peeking into packages under the tree, and 2) I'm so damned busy at the end of the semester with exams and grading that lots of times I don't get stuff bought until right before Christmas anyway, so it works.

By the time I have all the gifts out of their hiding places and my wrapping equipment set up, it's right around 11:30. Perfect timing for David Letterman. And David Letterman has the same guests every Christmas Eve. It seems odd, but he has on Jay Thomas. And Jay Thomas does two things. First, he tells the following story about the Lone Ranger and then he tosses a football at the meatball on top of the Christmas tree.

It's all great fun. Every single year, he comes back and does the same thing. He has such a good time doing it, Dave enjoys it and gets so tickled with all of it, it just makes wrapping presents less work. And then Darlene Love comes out and sings, "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)". It's the perfect ending.

Last year because of where Christmas Eve fell, I had to DVR the show (it was a few days early) and watch it on Christmas Eve. That's okay. I looked at the schedule and thought I might have to do that again this year ... oh no. Jay Thomas had some health issue and couldn't make it. WHAT? How am I going to wrap presents? I just ... I don't know. It's just not right.

[And does anyone know how you embed video in a post? I can do it in a comment but not in the post - thanks!]

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