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Merry Christmas!


It is the most wonderful time of the year!
  It is time for Santa, and cookies and food and presents and food and family and food.
  OK, OK, I may have a little bit of a problem with food this time of year. In my defense, I’m Italian and we can’t help ourselves!
  As of right now (8 days before Christmas), I have next to nothing accomplished. But that’s nothing new. I generally do a Christmas ‘blitz’ the weekend before the big day. So this weekend, I will get most of my shopping done, get a tree and get the house decorated. I will also formulate a game plan for my annual Christmas Eve party.
  Christmas Eve is all about food, family and friends! Last year I had an incident with my pasta e fagioli—and by incident I mean I burned the bejesus out of it. I’m generally a pretty good cook so that was out of character for me, so I have to redeem myself this year! I am also making aglio e olio, which is pasta in a garlic, oil and anchovy sauce. This dish is also as close as I get to the Italian ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’. My mom will bring a metric ton of appetizers and everyone will feast! For those not willing to try the aglio e olio, I also do up some good old fashion spaghetti and meatballs.
  Christmas Day I take things easy with Christmas Eve leftovers and lasagna. I can make the lasagna up a couple of weeks ahead and freeze it, so it’s just thaw, bake and done! After the craziness that is Christmas Eve it’s nice to have an easy, relaxing lunch with the ‘rents and spend some quality time with the hubby.
  It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas so make sure you take some time to be thankful. Thankful for your family and friends. Thankful for the roof over your head and food in your belly. Thankful for those serving our Country that can’t be with their friends and family this holiday season. Thankful for all that we have this Christmas.
  From all of us at Webb Weekly—Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! May your holiday be filled with love!

Christmas Coloring Contest
  Once again, we had an amazing turn out for our Blaise Alexander Christmas Coloring Contest! With around 500 entries, judging was no easy feat! Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered! It never ceases to amaze me how talented all the kids are! You can check out the winners and see all the kids who entered starting on page 6.
  I’m sad to see the contest end, but happy to get those dang elves out of the office. The get a quick vacay and then it’s back to the North Pole for them! I feel like someone gave them extra Reindeer Fuel this year!

Giving in the New Year
  Last year Jimmy gave each full-time employee at Webb Weekly a page of the paper to donate to the charity of their choice. It went over so well, he decided to do it again this year. Be sure to check out next week’s issue to see which charities we chose this year.
  It makes me proud to know that I work for someone who is so willing to give back to his community and allow his employees to do the same.

  Once again, Merry Christmas everyone! ‘Wishing you more happiness than all my words can tell, not just alone for Christmas, but for all the year as well.’