December 2, 2004
I’ve started using the Holidailies logo, even though the project is not quite underway yet for this year. Holidailes is an idea that was started by longtime journaller Jette in 2000 when she decided it would be fun to post something to her site every day in December. Others joined her, and a ring was born that grew to 100 sites. I wanted to be included last year but I missed the cutoff date for registering. This year I looked for the information early in November. Jette’s been busy but she still wants to host the portal, and she made the new logo. I’ll sign up when she opens registration tomorrow or the next day.
For the next week or so I’ll be working on staging my Big Fat Holiday Extravaganza. I wrote about it the first year I kept this online journal. This will be the Twelfth Almost Annual edition of the party (I skipped a few years when other matters were just too pressing), and for the first time we’ll be having it not on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) but on the fourth, December 19, so that Lynn and her friends will be home from college. Today I wrote the invitation and checked my address list. Lots of new names got added. Back in September I attended the Fortieth Reunion of the Combined Classes of 1964 and 1965 of Bishop McDevitt High School (I’m a ’65er), a project I’d worked on with others for more than a year. I reconnected with a lot of people, and I’m inviting anyone I had even a casual conversation with, lest it be five years or more until I see them again. And I made sure I looked at the place in my party notebook where I’ve written in big letters, “Remember that it takes four hours to assemble, stamp, and address the invitations, even if you already have them duplicated and the address labels printed.”