Ho Ho Ho, How’d It Go?

Now THAT is a Christmas Tree!It’s an anticlimactic Boxing Day here at the desk in the Manastery. (For those of you who don’t know, that’s the official, wife-recognized name of my office cum cigar lounge and library. However, she also calls one of the closets “the pantry“. Hey, You win some, you lose some.) Christmas has come an gone, and breaking with about five years of tradition, I’ve spent the day working instead of wandering the streets of a distant city looking for an exotic drink and bite to eat. Like any other day, the sun is out, a cigar is blazing and my wife keeps peeking her head in to remind me about the chores I’ve been putting off. Doesn’t sound terribly inspired does it?

I may be in a bit of a blue funk over the day after Christmas, but Christmas itself was actually a lot of fun, and pretty restful. As much as I enjoy travel, it was nice to not have to deal with airports, hotels, and over packed luggage. Though I do have to say I miss the holiday change of scenery.

My favorite part of this Christmas was my elaborate plot to sneak some presents for my wife under the Christmas tree. The execution of said plan involved pretending to be intoxicated (which wasn’t too much of a stretch with the assistance of dollar beer night at a nearby Irish pub) and playing computer games until my wife was sound asleep. Once I was convinced she was out cold, and after I got a few past an acceptable number of levels on the game, I sprung into action. I retrieved the carefully hidden gifts and the secretly stashed wrapping paper and got to work. I knew my devious designs were a complete success when angrily muttered at me for staying up so late as I hopped into bed. And the best part is she walked past the presents several times before she noticed they were there!

We also had a friend over for a late Christmas lunch, which gave us the opportunity to “entertain” as they say. The multi-course lunch and nice place settings were good fun, the highlight of the evening was several hours of competitive rounds of bowling, baseball and golf, compliments of my Nintendo Wii. As much fun as it is to play by yourself, it’s even better to go head to head with friends. (Is there a better party game than the Wii?) By the end of the evening, our friend was determined to get a Wii of his own, once they’re a easier to find.

But what my cigar smoking brethren are wondering right now is, what cigar did I smoke to celebrate the holiday? I’m not going to tell you. I’m going to show you!

Ashton VSG Enchantment
Hard to go wrong with an Ashton VSG Enchantment!

What was a surprise was how little time I actually had to enjoy a fine cigar. I didn’t get one in Christmas Eve, but I did settle down with a fine cigar once my Wii-playing buddy hit the road. And I made the most of it. If you think you see a paper clip in the picture, your eyesight isn’t failing you. I didn’t have a toothpick handy, and a paper clip affords one a nice little handle for that treacherously shrinking bundle of tobacco joy.

Though I didn’t take any notes for a proper review, I can tell you it I tasted excellent leather, caramel and toffee flavors. And as you can see, the burn was immaculate. All in all, it was a fantastic end to a very cozy Christmas. Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to smoke for New Years!

How was your Christmas? Did you enjoy a fine cigar? (Or for non smokers, a fine dessert or great beverage?)

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4 Comments

  1. Joe Drinker said,

    December 27, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I spent Christmas day at my parent’s house, where my father sung the praises of the Wii that he and his buddies play. He even complained that his back was sore after a night of bowling…and he never even left the house! The day that a video game makes you sore it may be the day it’s time to take up reading…

    Glad you had a relaxing day.

    Cheers,

    Joe

  2. Brian said,

    December 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Ah man! You had to go and tell me that your dad is into the whole Wii thing… Now I don’t know if I can like it any more. Actually, wait, my own dad used to be really into the old school Nintendo “NES” system! I used to have to fight with him for gaming time… (Explains a lot, doesn’t it?)

    You gotta try it out JD! It’s the good kind of pain. (Actually, I’m not sure what “good” pain is, but it sounds convincing.) And admit it, didn’t always wanna go bowling with the old man?

    Cheers!
    Brian

  3. Joe Drinker said,

    January 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This ought to rattle your brain then…I just heard today on the radio that the Queen of England, yes, that one, enjoys playing the Wii and is good at the bowling game.

    How’s that for…uh…something!

  4. Brian said,

    January 9, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    So that’s who’s kicking my ass at bowling! Don’t go up against Royal_Highness_UK online… And if you do, don’t put any money on the game! LOL!


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