Winter Wonderland

Posted By on December 15, 2009

It’s easy to get  into the Christmas spirit after such an great turnout at our annual Cigar Night Christmas Party that was held on the first.  We hosted our largest gift exchange to date and shared some Holiday cheer with our fellow members of the Brotherhood.  The pictures are posted so take a look at all the fun!  On top of that, we just weathered through Winter Storm Allison that dumped near record snowfalls throughout Northeast Wisconsin so a White Christmas is definitely in our forecast.  The piles of snow and now extreme frigid temps (thanks to global warming of course) make spending much time outside more of a chore than enjoyable.  This allows me endless hours to catch up on some of my favorite Christmas movies and specials.  Of course I also have to suffer through some of the most god awful commercials ever created.   Besides being beaten over the head with countless advertisements promising to make my johnson stand at attention anytime a semi-do-able milf walks in the room, the barrage of mindless Christmas/Holiday ads make me want to jam a candy cane down the throats of those idiots that create them.

My wife will not be pulling a big red bow off any automobile parked in the driveway nor will she be texting her BFF that bowcar“he went to Jared”.  Watching the island of misfit toys figure out if they have 3G coverage and those dancing fools from GAP who flop around more than a baby in a roll over just piss me off.  At least it’s better then those stupid mannequins from Old Navy!  Whoever thought that dressing up a dummy in winter wear was a good idea needs to be shot in the face with pepper spray then tossed into a snow drift.  The nonstop mind fuck we witness tries to enforces the fact that the only way your friends and family will love you is if you buy them expensive gifts.  Those douche-bags in the Best Buy commercials standing in the parking lot singing altered Christmas carols to a passersby convince some delusional woman to buy her husband a big screen TV.  Might as well get him a PlayStation and mini fridge so he can completely ignore you for the rest of the year since he is not shopping for you at all.  No, seriously.  He is not putting that much thought into your gift because now that you’re married to him  he knows that no gift,  no matter how expensive, will turn you back into the hot and slender sex crazed woman he fell in love with 20 years ago.  That’s the way it is so learn to live with it.  Any gift that requires the receiver of said gift to make monthly payments is also a really shitty gift.  I love commercials that show dad all excited to unwrap his new Blackberry phone but fail to show him the day after Christmas trying to figure out how to scrape up the hundred plus dollars a month to use the fucking thing since his snaggletooth kid needs braces and his wife is still shelling out much needed income on that gym membership she just had to have but hasn’t used in well over 7 months.  And nobody in my household is gonna “Get a get a get a get a Garmin”.  As one who really loves what this time of year means and what it brings out in people that they normally keep bottled up, I can do without the total commercialization of the season.  Maybe I’m just getting old.  I know that it takes some real effort to get mangerstores ready and place the never ending array of products on the shelf in an attempt to capture every last usable dollar Joe Customer has to spend, but can we at least get through Halloween before bombarding us with it?  To me there is something a bit unsettling about seeing ghosts, goblins and witches next to the manger and Santa Clause.

At least I can still watch little Ralphie get his official Red Ryder carbine-action 200 shot range model air rifle and see the look on his fathers face as he opens quite possibly the best present ever.  Yes, the famous and always sought after leglampleg lamp.  How can you go wrong with 24 nonstop hours of  A Christmas Story to occupy your time once the kids have shredded pounds of wrapping paper and your living room resembles a scene from Twister.  You can flip to the channel that plays a fireplace scene with Christmas music in the background to really set the mood if all else fails.   “Shhhhh honey, I’m watching the Yule Log channel!”  A high point is that there is one NFL game to be watched later that evening unless of course you have Time Warner Cable, then you’re screwed!  No game bitches.  I guess that would be a perfect time to retire to the man cave and enjoy that precious stogie you have been ageing for the perfect occasion.   Praise the heavens that you survived another Christmas with the family and be thankful you had the opportunity to do so.  Light it up and enjoy.

It’s almost time to wrap up 2009 and it really has been a great year for The Brotherhood of the Leaf as our membership more than doubled and we hit 27 paid members who realized the benefits of the club.  We saw new laws go into effect that try to hamper our enjoyment of fine cigars but we also witnessed the grand opening of Titletown Tobacco right in our backyard.  Who ever thought we would have a place like this to call our own?  Even in the face of  ever increasing restrictions, the opportunities to share your passion for cigars are available if you just take the time to get involved.  Make the effort to get your friends signed up online, get them to Cigar Nights and lets make next year the best yet.  It has been an absolute pleasure busting my hump to provide you guys with organized activities and endless streams of conscious thought on  But most of all it has been my pleasure to call you not only my friends, but my Brothers of the Leaf. 

Thank you to all of the guys that help make this site a reality, and to all of you that devote your time and energies to make us the only true Cigar Club in Northeast Wisconsin.  From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!

About the author

The Cigar Soldier is the founding father and President of The Brotherhood of the Leaf, an internet community of cigar enthusiasts and Northeast Wisconsin’s only true membership based cigar club. As the main writer for Cigar Night, his rants can sting, stir or inspire your emotions, as he leaves no topic of enjoying the cigar lifestyle off his hit list.


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