December 1
Blanch carcass from Thanksgiving turkey. Apply gold leaf, turn upside
down and use as a sleigh to hold Christmas Cards.

December 2
Have Mormon Tabernacle Choir record outgoing Christmas message for
answering machine.

December 3
Using candlewick and handgilded miniature pine cones, fashion
cat-o-nine-tails. Flog Gardener.

December 4
Repaint Sistine Chapel ceiling in ecru, with mocha trim.

December 5
Grind lenses for new eyeglasses.

December 6
Fax family Christmas newsletter to Pulitzer committee for consideration.

December 7
Debug Windows '98

December 10
Align carpets to adjust for curvature of Earth.

December 11
Lay Faberge egg.

December 12
Take Dog apart. Disinfect. Reassemble.

December 13
Collect dentures. They make excellent pastry cutters, particularly for decorative pie crusts.

December 14
Install plumbing in gingerbread house.

December 15
Replace air in mini-van tires with Glade "holiday scents" in case tires
are shot out at mall.

December 17
Blow glass Christmas tree ornaments. Cut tree in Montana.

December 19
Adjust legs of chairs so each Christmas dinner guest will be same
height when sitting at his or her assigned seat.

December 20
Dip sheep and cows in egg whites and roll in confectioner's sugar to
add a festive sparkle to the pasture.

December 21
Drain city reservoir; refill with mulled cider, orange slices and
cinnamon sticks.

December 22
Float votive candles in toilet tank.

December 23
Seed clouds for white Christmas.

December 24
Do my annual good deed. Go to several stores. Be seen engaged in
last minute Christmas shopping, thus making many people feel less
inadequate than they really are.

December 25
Bear son. Swaddle. Scent manger with homemade potpourri.

December 26
Organize spice racks by genus and phylum.

December 27
Build snowman in exact likeness of God.

December 28
Say it is good. Rest for five minutes.

December 29
Dig up sand from quarry and make new chips for my four computers.

December 30
Float wicks in 4000 dishes of oil, place on lawn, and spell out
Happy New Year as a greeting to my friends on the MIR space station.

December 31
New Year's Eve! Give staff their resolutions. Call one friend in
each time zone of the world as the calendar changes.