Las Madres '80 East
December 2001 NEWSLETTER

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season filled with wonder!


December 12th
Christmas Party
RSVP:  Laura Angel

2nd        Phil Martinez
3rd        Sean Nevoli (Happy 19th!)
8th         Bud Butler
11th        Eddie Butler(Happy 21st!)
17th       Steve Grady
20th      Alicia Martinez (Happy 18th!)
21st       Jennifer Butler (Happy 19th!)
             Carol Grady
26th      Jared Katz (Happy 16th!)
28th      Sharon Simmons

December Christmas Party
What: Our Annual Party
When:  Wednesday, December 12, 6:30pm
Where:  Laura Angel's

Laura Angel will be hosting our Christmas Party this year.  Bring a main dish,  salad, bread, or dessert.  Drinks will be provided.  First to call gets first choice.  The gift exchange is Christmas accessories - gloves, scarves, jewelry, belts(?)....anything along that line.
RSVP:  Phone Laura to tell her what you want to bring (929-3172)

Ladies Weekend Getaway 
Those who went had a great time......Thank You, Cindy! (Hope your "hobbling" days will soon be over!) Those who didn' missed out!

Holiday Appetizers with Wanda
Thank you, Wanda, for the lesson and the "eats" can cook for me anytime!

Happy Anniversary
Congratulations to Randi and Dave Heinrichsen
who will be celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss on the 19th!

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue

Meet your Las Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at the Starbuck's at White and Aborn on Saturday mornings at 9am.  Every third Saturday is a "field trip" - check the Coming Events calendar for the location of this month's excursion.  This month we probably won't be having a "field trip" due to our hectic holiday schedules.

Politically Correct Santa

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?

His workers no longer would answer to "Elves,"
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.

And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.

And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.

So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.

And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.

Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur-trimmed red suit was called "unenlightened."

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose

And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.

Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.

Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.

Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's war-like or non-pacific.

No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.

And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.

For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.

Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.

So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.

His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;

Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.

So here is that gift, its price beyond worth...
"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth."

Find some new holiday recipes
...things to do for those visiting "little ones" (check it out Shaela!)
...even gift tags to print out (for those who haven't made their embossed ones!)

President - Merrilee Claverie
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Treasurer - Sharon Simmons
Coffee Coordinator - Sue Ballard 1