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This is known as priming the pump for future columns.

But pay no attention to that man over there behind the curtain.

Just finish these sentences.

We didn’t realize until we got our Christmas tree home and inside that hidden in its branches was a …

My little brother was playing with toy soldiers and had a Panzer division rolling toward the Nativity set until the tanks were repulsed by …

The first artificial tree on our block belonged to …

At this time of year, my old man never failed to see our elderly cat, motionless on the couch, and say “Not a creature was stirring.” Smokey would then look up at him with an expression that said …

When we would all pile into the car after dark and drive around looking at holiday lights, the sharpest critic of people’s decorating efforts was …

In our family, the legendary story about a department store Santa involved …

Within minutes of having the electric train set ready to go, one of my sister’s dolls would be stretched across the tracks and …

The Great Fruitcake Incident started innocently enough when …

We learned, vividly and conclusively, that letting the dog guzzle eggnog was a really bad idea when …

Even as a little kid, the remarkable transformation of the little Christmas tree in the “Charlie Brown” TV classic struck me as …

My favorite G-rated mistletoe story involves …

I worked for a guy once who made Mr. Potter seem like …

Every time I hear “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” I feel the urge to …

In our household, the church vs. commerce Christmas tug of war could best be seen in …

I used to work with a guy who went on these Christmas jags of referring to everything as the “littlest” this or the “littlest” that. It wasn’t really all that hilarious except for the time when …

I didn’t believe in Christmas miracles until …

Inland Northwest Believe It or Not: “In 1957, my 2nd grade class took a train ride from Cheney to Spokane,” wrote Jerry Hilton. “IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!”

Number of times The Slice has previously referred to Cheech and Chong’s “Santa Claus and His Old Lady”: Once. At least as far back as the digital archives go.

Today’s Slice question: Based on your career experience, what pro tip can you offer the layman?

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