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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

ETA 0900

In an hour and a half, we leave to go to the airport to bring D~ home! She's actually going to be here, in the house with us. I get to pat her alot. and hug her. and laugh with her and listen to all her stories of her new life. I think the dogs know. Well, I told them she was coming home. And they've been acting very bratty, just like little kids before a Big Event. The cats continue to hide their excitement well. Yes, I told them too.
About a month after D~ left, N~ and I were coming home from taking our neurotic dogs to the beach. As we were getting out of the car, another car pulled up and parked across the street. All of a sudden, the dogs jumped out of the car and ran over to the car, startling the kids getting out. Luna and Joey proceeded to sniff each person and try to get into the car. N~ started calling them back as they were definitely terrifying the kids. Then I realized Luna and Joey were looking for D~! They thought she was in the car and that her friends were bringing her home. Oh lord, they were so excited. I went over and got them, explaining to the kids that my daughter had left a month ago and the dogs thought that they had finally brought her home. They laughed and petted the dogs. But Luna and Joey were very confused when D~ didn't get out of the car as she had on so many previous occasions when her friends dropped her off. Oh, they are going to be beside themselves when we pull up in front of the house today and D~ does get out this time!
I spent yesterday getting the last of the presents to be mailed wrapped and actually mailed, getting D~'s room all set up for her, cleaning and baking. The tree remains undecorated. But since D~ is going to her father's house for a couple of days, I'll get to the decorating while she's there. I don't like that she's going away as soon as she gets here, but she's a good daughter and will do what's right. (Yes, there is an underlying current here and a long story but one that I can't be this public about.)
We did get the outside lights up on Monday. We look like a house in "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" ~ quite retro and very cute. I bought the biggest wreath I could find to hang on the door. N~ bought 6 poinsettias and put them in planters that line the front of the porch. So we're finally looking very festive ~ at least outside anyway.
I love Christmas! My Dad always brought the magic of Christmas to us as kids. He very subtley built up the anticipation by making us wait just a little bit longer for all the things that made up Christmas ~ bringing the tree home, letting it stand a day so the branches would fall, getting the lights on ( a job only he would do, as he was a bit of a perfectionist), and then finally putting on the decorations. Making us wait at the top of the stairs for a LONG time while he went down to turn the tree lights on. When I became an adult ( heh!) and had a kid of my own, I realized that what he actually was doing was having a cup of coffee and a cigarette to fortify himself before the mayhem commenced!
We never found our presents in the house. He always kept them at his office. My Mom would also stop by there on the way home and drop off the ones she had bought off. So I knew there was a Santa! Nobody ever walked into the house with bags from stores, unless they were gifts for neighbors and friends. He did a great job of making Christmas even more special for my brother and me every year. And it's my wish for you this Christmas that you also can receive the Magic and pass it along.
Time to go get dressed!

Army Christmas
Army Christmas Operations Order 00-5689:
Subject: Christmas

1. An official visit by MG Santa (NMI) Claus is expected at this headquarters 25 December 1999.

The following instructions will be in effect and govern the activities of all personnel during the visit.

a. Not a creature will stir without official permission. This will include indigenous mice. Special stirring permits for necessary administrative actions will be obtained through the C1. Mice stirring permits will be processed through the C2 for proper clearances and obtained through Veterinary Services, ARCENT-KU.

b. Personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap prior to 2200 hours, 24 December 1999. See MAJ Dickenson for pre-napping medical requirements. See MAJ Adams for napping demonstration. Uniform for the nap will be: Pajamas, cotton, light, drowsing, with kerchief, general purpose, camouflage; and Cap, camouflage w/ear flaps. Equipment should have been drawn from homestation CIF prior to deployment.

c. Personnel will utilize standard Sharq Market sugar plums for visions to dance through their heads. Artificially sweetened plums are authorized for those in the unit weight control program. Specifications for this item will be provided by the servicing dining facility.

d. Stockings, wool, cushion sole, will be hung by the chimney with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fire hazards caused by carelessly hung stockings. ARCENT-KU safety officer will submit stocking hanging plans to this headquarters prior to 0800 hours, 24 December 1999, ATTN: MAJ Salada, for approval.

e. At the first sign of clatter from the lawn, all troops will spring from their beds to evaluate noise and cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw open the window sashes. PMO Plan (Saint Nick), Reference LO No. 3, paragraph 6c, this headquarters, 2 February 1998, will be in effect to facilitate shutter tearing and sash throwing. Section OICs will familiarize all personnel with procedures and are responsible for ensuring that no shutters are torn open nor window sashes thrown open prior to start of official clatter. See CPT Donley for hardcopy.

f. Prior to 2400, 24 December 1999, all personnel will be assigned "Wondering Eye" stations. After shutters are thrown open and sashes are torn, these stations will be manned.

g. SSG Bekono will assign one each Sleigh, miniature, M-66, and eight (8) deer, rein, tiny, for use of MG Claus' driver who, in accordance with current directives and other applicable regulations, must have a valid SF56 properly annotated by Driver Testing; be authorized rooftop parking and be able to shout "On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen, up Comet, up Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen".

2. MG Claus will enter quarters through standard chimneys. All units without chimneys will draw Chimney Simulator, M-6, for use during ceremonies. Chimney simulator units will be requested through SPC Oswalt on Job Order Request Form submitted to the Furniture Warehouse prior to 19 December1999, and issued on DA Form 3161, Request for Issue or
Turn-in.

3. Personnel will be rehearsed on shouting "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night."
See LTC Pride for demonstration. This shout will be given on termination of General Claus' visit. Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of section NCOICs.

/s/
CHRISTOPHER K. RINGLE
Colonel, USA
OIC, Special Services

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