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HAPPY 2010!!

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in 2010 · christmas · george clooney · new year

Have you ever wondered why New Year’s Eve dances on the heels of Christmas?  I have a theory about that. 
See, the Christmas fuse is lit after the last “trick-or-treat” is hollered, and the sparks fly.  There is all the cooking and baking for Turkey Day, the cooking and baking for Christmas, the addressing of Christmas cards, decorating (inside and out), wrapping gifts, delivering gifts, and keeping the pets out of the Christmas ornaments.  By the end of December everyone is either comatose or desiring to be.
Then, hallelujah, New Year’s Eve beckons.  New Year’s Eve is the culmination of all that craziness.  It is the last hurrah before the New Year sets in and life returns to some version of normal.  Even people who crawl into bed before the Times Square Ball Drop (or the Underground Atlanta Peach Drop for us Georgians) recognize that the madness is—thank you, Lord—boxed up ‘til next year.
Now, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking I’m using New Year’s Eve as an excuse to drink too many margaritas, eat too many goodies and wear a silly hat. 
Okay, well, maybe you’re right about the hat. . .and I might concede the margaritas and goodies, too.  But that’s just the point! After all the stress and end-of-year build-up, the New Year’s Eve doctor arrives and his prescription is to “let off some holiday steam” and most people do. (As the NYE doc is a metaphor he can look however you want him to.  Mine looks like George Clooney and he has a brownie in one hand, a margarita on the rocks in the other, and he is wearing a big, sexy smile.)
Can you imagine the end of the Christmas rush without New Year’s Eve following after? Whatever would we do with all that pent up frustration and stress?  If there were no New Year’s Eve to set us up for January how would we muster the energy to de-ornament the tree, the house, the yard and put Frosty-the-giant-balloon-Snowman back in the attic?
New Year’s Eve is medically required therapy and good for our mental health.  The margaritas and brownies have nothing to do with it.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and may all your doctors in 2010 look like George Clooney!
‘Til next time –
Lisa

6 Responses to "HAPPY 2010!!"

  1. Comment by Sophie
    December 30, 2009 at 7:32 am  

    How write you are!!! I've never looked at New Year's Eve quite that way, but I'm glad for the visual! You can't go wrong with a doc who looks like George Clooney!Happy New Year, Sweetie!Sophie

  2. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    December 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm  

    I am so down with that whole NYE medically required therapy thing. BRILLIANT! AND, what about the NYE "packing on extra weight to get you through those long winter months" thing? I mean, Mr. Hall can be a bear if he doesn't get his chips and dip :-)Happy, happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm  

    A doc who looks like George added to "getting through those long winter months" is gonna make me hyperventilate. I better stick with the margaritas and brownies…

  4. Comment by anita
    January 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm  

    I have one doctor who is a slightly older version of GC and helped start my holiday season a bit cheerier. I think we need all the Christmas and New Years hooplah just to get us through the cold, gray days of January with a good excuse to finish the booze left over from the holidays! Happy New Year, Lisa. Your piece was magnifique.

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    January 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm  

    Okay, Anita, a couple things. First, you've been holding out on me. There is actually a real doc who looks like GC? Be still my heart…gimme his number, cuz I'm suddenly feeling a little under the weather! 🙂 Second, booze left over from the holidays? Was there supposed to be an overage? I'll remember that for next year and make sure to have extra on hand. I think you're right…a little hot toddy to get through January sounds like a great idea.

  6. Comment by anita
    January 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm  

    Hi Lisa — As the old saying goes, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder," so you may not see my doc as GC-beautiful but then I have a few years on you and on GC! The only problem is I feel a bit funny having my hunky gynocologist examine me and answer my off-the-wall questions. I guess he figures it's all in a day's work — I'm sure his wife gets a good laugh after my visits with him!


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