Holiday Guest Post by Julie Hutchings!
Dec14

Holiday Guest Post by Julie Hutchings!

TODAY’S BREW: Spikey Eggnog! Until my liver screams for Christmas to be over! By Julie I am a smelly person. WAIT! I don’t have an odor, I mean that I’m very scent-driven, as I’m sure most of us are. Scent is the most evocative of the senses, and Christmas is the most smelliest time of year! Being the anti-Grinch, I look forward all year long to the baking of cookies, the scent of Christmas tree lots, the cinnamon pine cones that smack you in the face at your local country store, the zing in the air before a fresh snow, the cooking turkey and steaming cocoa—I can’t wait for them. It’s why my first book was what someone once said should be scratch and sniff, and is set in the deep woods during the holidays. Another thing I look forward to this time of year is the chaos and hilarity of the many Hutchings Family Events. My husband’s family—my family—is enormous, and constitutes approximately 75% of the world’s personality. From Uncle Mike, who wears a three piece suit around the house, to the cousins who once rolled naked in white paint all over the basement floor so they could be polar bears, there is constant entertainment. I’ve been known to live tweet these events, inclusive of photos. Next weekend is Aunt Terri’s Annual Christmas Party. I am positively giddy, albeit some of it morbidly so. These particular events always include these things that make your mouth gape: 1.    Racist comments that don’t make sense from one particular aunt. 2.    At least one family member falling down. 3.    Complaints about the Yankee Swap scratch tickets that did not win anything. 4.    One unnamed uncle that cries if people refuse to eat his venison. 5.    One anonymous plate of cookies of unknown origin that someone is bound to get sick on. 6.    Same aunt from above ogling my chest until everyone squirms. 7.    Heat so oppressive we all end up on the porch with beer in hand. 8.    A different uncle that will show up with a new child no one knew about. 9.    The kid who tries to climb into the fireplace. 10.  The 3 legged dog that drools. I have a twisted streak that finds all of this pretty funny. The best part about them is that they accept their faults and celebrate them a bit. It’s one of the things that attracted me to the Hutchings family to begin with. They are so completely themselves that you can’t help but feel at ease around them to laugh and be yourself, too. And that’s when you start to get...

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