There's holiday lights, trees, gift buying, gift giving, constant assault by charities, piles and piles of junk mail, standing in line 2.5 hours to pay $40 for a grainy 5x7 of your child's terrified expression while sitting on a fat man's lap, wondering just how firm the figure in the "agreed upon amount" of your spouse's gift is, Christmas carols, outrageous traffic, holiday parties, hangovers, and seasonal movies.
That last category is where I'll do my lazy tie-in for this week.
And who doesn't enjoy the story of Rudolph, the social outcast who rises up to the moment to save Christmas through sheer force of will and genetic abnormality?
Well, OK, so he had some help from an effeminate elf that doesn't share the same interests as the other male elves.
Oops, sorry. Wrong image.
But, as good, classic and timeless as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is, it not the best Christmas movie.
This one is.
RUDOLPH'S TIPSY SPRITZER
1.5 oz Vodka
5 oz Orange Juice
2 oz 7-Up
1/2 oz Grenadine
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
In a mixing glass with ice combine vodka, OJ, grenadine and lemon juice
Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice Garnish with lemon wedge
Ho Ho Ho!