Naughty or nice?

We know the big guy is checking his lists. Twice. Are you checking ours?

Naughty or nice list

Killing people with guns

Donating to a charity

Judging based on appearance

Praying that people will stop killing others with guns

Writing sensible gun laws

Decreasing consumption

Treating everyone with respect

Broadening travel horizons

Taking a bag for litter on hikes

Eating your sister’s dessert

Some places to shop besides chains

Artists Co-op of Reno, 627 Mill St.

Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave.

Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St.

Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N Virginia St., Carson City

Nevada Legislature Gift Shop, Fifth and Carson streets, Carson City

Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W. Liberty St.

Western Folklife Center, 501 Railroad St., Elko

The worst Christmas music

“Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney

“Santa Baby,” by anybody

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Band Aid

“Winter Wonderland,” any version

“Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms

“All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey

“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t be Late),” Alvin and the Chipmunks

“The Christmas Shoes,” NewSong

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” Bob Dylan

“Step into Christmas,” Elton John

“Here Comes Santa Claus,” any version

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” any version recorded after 1960

“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” Elmo & Patsy

Messiah, George Frideric Handel

Things that belong in Christmas trees








Carbon dioxide


Animated shorts

» Seasin’s Greetinks! (Popeye)

» Christmas Comes But Once a Year

» Gift Wrapped (Sylvester and Tweety)

» Mickey’s Good Deed

» The Night Before Christmas (Tom and Jerry)

» The Nutcracker (1973)

» Peace on Earth (1939)

» Pluto’s Christmas Tree

» Good Will to Men (1955)

» The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (Merrie Melodies)

» Toy Tinkers (Chip ’n’ Dale and Donald)

Christmas shopping list

1 dozen eggs

1 pound confectioner’s sugar

3 cups brandy

1 cup peach brandy

2 quarts half and half

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons vanilla

nutmeg for garnish

Nevada children's book authors and their titles

Ann Herbert Scott

On Mother’s Lap

Grandmother’s Chair

Brave as a Mountain Lion


Teddy Swecker

Spirit Walkers

Ducks Ducks

Children In Distress

Under Open Skies

Karen Collett Wilson/ Susan Zerga

Pogonip Magic

Autumn Rescue

The Curious Adventure: a Summer Deer Tale

Terri Farley

7 Tears into the Sea

Wild at Heart

Movies to seek out at Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 animation)

Miracle on 34th Street

The Lemon Drop Kid

The Princess Bride

The Bishop’s Wife

We’re No Angels

Love Actually

The Holiday

Holiday Inn


ReindeerWhose Names You Might Not Recall

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Gregor the Fish-Eating Reindeer

Goldie Fawn

Roderick Something-Something

John Deer



Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Joe Buck

John Doe

Movies to avoid at Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Home Alone

The Santa Clause

Die Hard

The Family Stone

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Four Christmases

The best Christmas music

“Happy Xmas (War is Over),” John Lennon

“Frosty the Snowman,” The Ronettes

“It’s Christmastime,” James Brown

“Fairytale of New York,” The Pogues & Kristy MacColl

“Merry Christmas, Baby,” Otis Redding

“Christmas Time is Here,” Vince Guaraldi Trio

“Santa Claus,” The Sonics

“Christmas in Hollis,” Run-DMC

“Blue Christmas,” Elvis Presley

“River,” Joni Mitchell

“White Christmas,” Bing Crosby

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Frank Sinatra

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” Nat King Cole

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Darlene Love

“Little Drummer Boy,” Low

“Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul,” The Poets of Rhythm

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

“A Christmas Fucking Miracle,” Run the Jewels

The Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Things to do before Christmas

Separate 12 eggs, saving the whites from 8

Beat the yolks until light-colored.

Slowly add 2 cups brandy

Slowly add the sugar

Slowly blend in the half and half and then the remaining brandy and peach brandy. Sprinkle the spices over the mixture and continue blending.

Beat the 8 egg whites until fluffy, then fold onto the rest

Garnish each serving with nutmeg

Drink and repeat

Other December Holidays

Hanukkah: Dec. 6-14

Bodhi Day: Dec. 8

Saturnalia: Dec. 17

The premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Dec. 18

Winter Solstice: Dec. 22

Festivus: Dec. 23

Boxing Day: Dec. 26

Saint Stephen’s Day: Dec. 26

Kwanzaa: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Dennis Myers’ birthday: Dec. 28

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

Top religions that did not invent the Winter Solstice holiday

» Christianity

» Islam

» Hinduism

» Buddhism

» Sikhism

» Juche

» Judaism

» Baha’i

» Jainism

» Shinto

» Cao Dai

» Zoroastrianism

» Tenrikyo

» Unitarian-Universalism

» Rastafarianism

» Scientology

People I'm taking off my Christmas gift list

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Donald Trump

Wayne LaPierre

Anyone who says there’s a war on Christmas

Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Edward D. Breen

Marijn Dekkers

That guy who just cut me off

Ben Carson

Andrew N. Liveris