Recover from your eggnog-fogginess and send thank-you notes to your relatives for their gifts. While you're at it, demand the names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers of their in-laws.
Make snow angels on the graves of your ancestors.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by drinking a toast to each of your Irish forebears. Stop at fifty if your name is "Colin Farrell."
Sign up for a 14-day trial at Ancestry.com. When you call to cancel, ask them to immediately sign you up for another 14-day trial.
Surprise your family on Mother's Day by not showing up drunk.
Attend the NGS Conference in Chicago. While there, attend a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show and pretend you've read her latest Book Club selection. Maybe she'll give you a new car!
Spend your vacation looking for an ancestor's homestead in central Kansas. Don't ruin the experience by looking at a map.
Prepare your kids for the coming school year by having them transcribe 18th-century baptism registers.
Attend the family reunion only if they'll let you perform Wind Beneath My Wings with maracas.
Celebrate Family History Month by skipping work.
Spend the month looking for a new job.
Pick a Christmas tree that suits your family: large in girth and always needing a drink.
Sunday, January 01, 2006