December 1 Blanch carcass from Thanksgiving turkey. Apply gold leaf, turn upside down and use as a sleigh to hold Christmas Cards.December 2 Have Mormon Tabernacle Choir record outgoing Christmas message for answering machine.December 3 Using candlewick and handgilded miniature pine cones, fashion cat-o-nine-tails. Flog Gardener.December 4 Repaint Sistine Chapel ceiling in ecru, with mocha trim.December 5 Grind lenses for new eyeglasses.December 6 Fax family Christmas newsletter to Pulitzer committee for consideration.December 7 Debug Windows ’98December 10 Align carpets to adjust for curvature of Earth.December 11 Lay Faberge egg.December 12 Take Dog apart. Disinfect. Reassemble.December 13 Collect dentures. They make excellent pastry cutters, particularly for decorative pie crusts.December 14 Install plumbing in gingerbread house.December 15 Replace air in mini-van tires with Glade “holiday scents” in case tires are shot out at mall.December 17 Blow glass Christmas tree ornaments. Cut tree in Montana.December 19 Adjust legs of chairs so each Christmas dinner guest will be same height when sitting at his or her assigned seat.December 20 Dip sheep and cows in egg whites and roll in confectioner’s sugar to add a festive sparkle to the pasture.December 21 Drain city reservoir; refill with mulled cider, orange slices and cinnamon sticks.December 22 Float votive candles in toilet tank.December 23 Seed clouds for white Christmas.December 24 Do my annual good deed. Go to several stores. Be seen engaged in last minute Christmas shopping, thus making many people feel less inadequate than they really are.December 25 Bear son. Swaddle. Scent manger with homemade potpourri.December 26 Organize spice racks by genus and phylum.December 27 Build snowman in exact likeness of God.December 28 Say it is good. Rest for five minutes.December 29 Dig up sand from quarry and make new chips for my four computers.December 30 Float wicks in 4000 dishes of oil, place on lawn, and spell out Happy New Year as a greeting to my friends on the MIR space station.December 31 New Year’s Eve! Give staff their resolutions. Call one friend in each time zone of the world as the calendar changes.January 1 Stay out of jail.