No. 10: The Roundtree – A New Year’s Tradition

Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, can get a bit redundant, so my friends and I would find ways to amuse ourselves during the holidays. And, being certified band nerds (I was Band President — the nerd leader), my friends and I were never really invited to the cool kids’ parties on New Years Eve. Therefore, […]

No.8: A Glögging Contest

They don’t call it Heroes Glögg for nothing. And when Mrs. Hunter brings home 3.5 litres of port, brandy, and wine, you don’t ask questions. You roll up your sleeves and dig in. A few times I’ve talked about my mother on Denver off the Wagon.  She’s a fantastic lady.  And she gets a lot […]

No 7: Manischewitz

Tonight is the 8th and last night of Hanukkah. That number is fitting. How old were you when you had your first drop of alcohol? I was 8. Eight days, that is. I won’t go into too much detail, but it was my בְּרִית מִילָה. Obviously. Part of the ceremony involves a blessing over wine. Thankfully, […]

No. 6: Jack, Tom and Jerry, and Don’t Forget the Slush

There are a lot of holiday family boozing traditions out there. I come from a very large family. My grandparents had 10 kids and I am the oldest of 40+ grandkids. This led to pretty big Christmas events and none of the family shied away from the drinks. My dad is a Jack and Coke […]

No. 5: Anisette

Some of my most treasured memories around the holidays are centered around a specific aroma. It always amazes me that a smell can bring you back to an exact moment of your childhood, good or bad. For instance, the magic scent of apple pie baking reminds me of the painful ceremony when parents asked to […]

No. 4: A License to Drink…an Irish Christmas

I come from a long lineage of Irish drinkers (please note: I did NOT say alcoholics, I said “drinkers”) so drinking at the holidays always seemed normal. Being given a half glass of beer or a taste of this or that was never unusual but about the time I turned 12 or 13, I had […]

No. 3: Your Christmas Workout aka Grand-ma’s Eggnog

Eggnog comes in two varieties: shitty store bought and teen-age-male forearm of fortitude. Why the fuck anyone would mess with that stuff called ‘eggnog’ on the shelves is beyond me. If you want to drink that stuff, go full-hobo and sneak a shot of bourbon into your Starbucks Eggnog Latte. The first step to making […]

No. 2: The drink that brings out the kid in every alcoholic

While I come from a predominately beer-centric family, we do mix things up a little during the holidays by cracking open the hard stuff.  Since I was a kid and into the present, two of my aunts (both nuns) have made Christmastime synonymous with a special type of cocktail that you don’t drink—you eat. Called a Bourbon […]

12 Days of a Wagon Christmakwanzakah

By now, you’ve seen a million emails and TV commercials touting the 12 Days of Christmas in order to get you to open your wallet. Per Wikipedia, “the lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas may have no meaning at all. Its meaning, if it has any, has yet to be satisfactorily explained.” Reminiscing about our crazy […]