10 holiday help(h)er tips for husbands and dads

Maybe I'm alone, but I find it impossible to believe we're staring the holidays right in the face. How did this happen? Looking at my November and December calendars has me feeling like a reindeer in the headlights.

Yesterday I was taking my kids to the pool, fixing a flat tire on my go-kart and taking out a loan to treat my family to popcorn, Milk Duds and another animated blockbuster with talking reptiles.

Then, all of a sudden, it's time to bundle up for school choir concerts, office parties and church potlucks. Or, as I like to call them, pot-not-so-luckies.

Fight as I might, it is indisputable that Christmas will come, the calendar will turn to 2011, and I will ask each of these questions: "What time is that dinner again? Is there leftover fudge? Hey, who hid my favorite tie, the one that plays 'Jungle Bell Rock' when you squeeze Rudolph's nose?"

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