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Christmas Events 2007

CL's Christmas and Holiday Event Calendar for 2007


Below is our coverage and events for the 2007 Christmas.

List of Christmas Events:

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Appetizers – Assorted cheese and crackers and artichoke dip with Allagash Curieux. Curieux is a Belgian-style tripel, aged in oak bourbon barrels, then triple fermented for a clean, dry taste. At 11% ABV it is not unlike a sweet, white wine in terms of body and finish, as well as price (expect to pay nearly $15 for a 750 ml bottle. The yeasty, fruity aroma is not unexpected from an unfiltered, Belgian-style ale, but the strong alcohol suggests macerated tropical fruits or apricot brandy. A white grape sweetness greets the tongue, followed by alcohol warmth and a citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. Gradually the bourbon notes emerge, with hints of cherry and vanilla. “This doesn’t suck,” declared Lance, he being the master of understatement. “Mmmm,” is the only quote I could get from Lea. The dry finish and strong presence of the Curieux stood up well to even the Wisconsin cheddars, although it was a particularly nice complement to the creamy, slightly spicy, red pepper chevre.

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Victory Beer Dinner at Spotted Dog

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Victory’s V-Saison, a fine choice for a New Year’s Eve toast, and this week’s Beer Pick, will get you warmed up for Victory’s excellent beers.

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Appetizers – Assorted cheese and crackers and artichoke dip with Allagash Curieux. Curieux is a Belgian-style tripel, aged in oak bourbon barrels, then triple fermented for a clean, dry taste. At 11% ABV it is not unlike a sweet, white wine in terms of body and finish, as well as price (expect to pay nearly $15 for a 750 ml bottle. The yeasty, fruity aroma is not unexpected from an unfiltered, Belgian-style ale, but the strong alcohol suggests macerated tropical fruits or apricot brandy. A white grape sweetness greets the tongue, followed by alcohol warmth and a citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. Gradually the bourbon notes emerge, with hints of cherry and vanilla. “This doesn’t suck,” declared Lance, he being the master of understatement. “Mmmm,” is the only quote I could get from Lea. The dry finish and strong presence of the Curieux stood up well to even the Wisconsin cheddars, although it was a particularly nice complement to the creamy, slightly spicy, red pepper chevre.

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Victory Beer Dinner at Spotted Dog

On January 15, the Spotted Dog in Midtown, part of the chain of Derek Lawford pubs, will serve a 5-course dinner prepared by Consulting Chef Shaun Doty of Shaun’s in Inman Park with beer pairings from Victory Brewing Company.  The cost is a mere $35 per person (plus tax and tip). The welcome beer reception begins at 7 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 404.347.7337 or email info@dereklawfordpubs.com and mention Spotted Dog Victory Beer Dinner in the subject line. 

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Victory Beer Dinner at Spotted Dog

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  string(4272) "In the week after my father's death on Nov. 25, I was haunted by a dream image: a cabin on a wide-open field. I was inside the unfurnished house, which was serenely quiet. But outside, winds churned noiselessly about the house, growing in ferocity every minute. As long as I didn't look out the windows, I remained calm.

I saw this as a metaphor for my circumstances. As I wrote two weeks ago, I made a decision to focus on the good qualities of my father, even though we'd been estranged for many years. That estrangement seemed to change in the months before my mother's death. When I called him on Father's Day this year, he told me over and over again that he loved me, as he had last Christmas. I felt calm during the days after his death.

But I knew the image described the potential volatility of my emotional state. I knew the calm could be overwhelmed by the winds of grief and unpleasant memories. After decades of psychotherapy, I did not want to ruminate my painful history with my father again. And so I kept my eyes off the unpleasant past.

But then my youngest brother called me while I was having lunch with a friend. He informed me that shortly after my mother's death about 18 months ago, my father struck me from his will. I was completely disinherited without explanation.

Those winds of grief and memory immediately overcame me. I got through lunch with my friend and drove to a deserted parking lot and cried. I'm grown-up enough that I don't get so overwhelmed by my feelings that I lose the "observer" part of myself. So, part of me was in terrible pain and part of me was amazed to find myself with such an old, familiar feeling.

I felt, and continue to feel off and on, exactly as I did throughout my childhood. Above all, there was the loneliness. I hadn't thought about it in years – the way my mother would stop speaking to me for weeks at a time, once at Christmas, and my father would berate me about the misery I caused her. After I went to bed, I listened to them discussing what a terrible kid I was. My mother's shunning would not end until I made an adequately pleading apology, usually for saying something angry to her.

During these "silent treatments" and many other times, I curled into a ball and pretended I was dead. I imagined myself falling through gray space, like an asteroid, every feeling drained from my body. I found myself doing the same thing when I tried to sleep after my brother's call.

There was also humiliation – and I suppose that's part of why I've made myself write this column. I refuse to hide. I spent most of my childhood feeling humiliated, hiding in my room. There's no question that I was an odd kid, but my parents' solution to everything was that I should change or hide who I was, not that I was OK the way I was.

Being disinherited is humiliating. I've never known anyone to whom it's happened. It's calculated to hurt for the rest of one's life. In honesty, I used to say it wouldn't surprise me if my father did this, but it's still stunning that he chose to be remembered as the man who rejected his child rather than the one who loved him.

I suppose, were he here, he might say I had rejected him and my mother in our estrangement. But that is what I heard as a kid, too. It was my job to keep them happy and not the other way around. Even my grandmother, my father's mother, once told me, "Your father will always be a child."

I refuse to hate my father. As I wrote earlier, he showed me love and generosity at different times. But in truth, he was also mean and spiteful.

I have a wish. I hear my father's voice every year at this time, "It's Christmas, damn it!" he would say when he wanted my brothers and me to behave well.

Christmas, no matter your religion, honors the divinity of human nature incarnated in the child. My wish is that every parent who reads this will treat their children with the love I was mainly denied as a kid. And, for God's sake, don't leave your kids with a legacy of contempt, no matter how rough things get. Love is the thing everyone most wants and needs in life. My father put a price on love. I refuse to do the same thing.

Cliff Bostock holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology. For information on his private practice, go to www.cliffbostock.com."
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I saw this as a metaphor for my circumstances. As I wrote two weeks ago, I made a decision to focus on the good qualities of my father, even though we'd been estranged for many years. That estrangement seemed to change in the months before my mother's death. When I called him on Father's Day this year, he told me over and over again that he loved me, as he had last Christmas. I felt calm during the days after his death.

But I knew the image described the potential volatility of my emotional state. I knew the calm could be overwhelmed by the winds of grief and unpleasant memories. After decades of psychotherapy, I did not want to ruminate my painful history with my father again. And so I kept my eyes off the unpleasant past.

But then my youngest brother called me while I was having lunch with a friend. He informed me that shortly after my mother's death about 18 months ago, my father struck me from his will. I was completely disinherited without explanation.

Those winds of grief and memory immediately overcame me. I got through lunch with my friend and drove to a deserted parking lot and cried. I'm grown-up enough that I don't get so overwhelmed by my feelings that I lose the "observer" part of myself. So, part of me was in terrible pain and part of me was amazed to find myself with such an old, familiar feeling.

I felt, and continue to feel off and on, exactly as I did throughout my childhood. Above all, there was the loneliness. I hadn't thought about it in years – the way my mother would stop speaking to me for weeks at a time, once at Christmas, and my father would berate me about the misery I caused her. After I went to bed, I listened to them discussing what a terrible kid I was. My mother's shunning would not end until I made an adequately pleading apology, usually for saying something angry to her.

During these "silent treatments" and many other times, I curled into a ball and pretended I was dead. I imagined myself falling through gray space, like an asteroid, every feeling drained from my body. I found myself doing the same thing when I tried to sleep after my brother's call.

There was also humiliation – and I suppose that's part of why I've made myself write this column. I refuse to hide. I spent most of my childhood feeling humiliated, hiding in my room. There's no question that I was an odd kid, but my parents' solution to everything was that I should change or hide who I was, not that I was OK the way I was.

Being disinherited is humiliating. I've never known anyone to whom it's happened. It's calculated to hurt for the rest of one's life. In honesty, I used to say it wouldn't surprise me if my father did this, but it's still stunning that he chose to be remembered as the man who rejected his child rather than the one who loved him.

I suppose, were he here, he might say I had rejected him and my mother in our estrangement. But that is what I heard as a kid, too. It was my job to keep them happy and not the other way around. Even my grandmother, my father's mother, once told me, "Your father will always be a child."

I refuse to hate my father. As I wrote earlier, he showed me love and generosity at different times. But in truth, he was also mean and spiteful.

I have a wish. I hear my father's voice every year at this time, "It's Christmas, damn it!" he would say when he wanted my brothers and me to behave well.

Christmas, no matter your religion, honors the divinity of human nature incarnated in the child. My wish is that every parent who reads this will treat their children with the love I was mainly denied as a kid. And, for God's sake, don't leave your kids with a legacy of contempt, no matter how rough things get. Love is the thing everyone most wants and needs in life. My father put a price on love. I refuse to do the same thing.

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    Grant has about 2,000 trees on 35 acres. He used to have three times that many. He blames artificial trees for lower sales.

    Grant once camped on his farm to keep some white pines from getting stolen. When a pickup pulled up and two guys lept out with a saw, he stepped out with a shotgun. "You've never seen anyone run so fast," he says.

    Grant sprays his trees for aphids. "They're dormant when it's cold. But when someone takes the tree into a nice, warm house, the aphids start running all over. Then I get a call, 'There's spiders all over my house!'"

    Grant says he doesn't prefer any type of tree. "Sometimes people will cut down a tree and not like it, so we'll use it. They all look good to me."

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Spencer Grant, owner of Yule Forest in Stockbridge, has been farming Christmas trees for 35 years. The former WWII, Korean War and Eastern Airlines pilot also drops toys to kids on his farm from his plane.

Grant has about 2,000 trees on 35 acres. He used to have three times that many. He blames artificial trees for lower sales.

Grant once...

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    The week before Thanksgiving I had a fun talk with Will Packer, Atlanta-based co-founder of Rainforest Films and one of the producers of the enjoyable holiday film This Christmas. Back in 2002, I profiled Packer and his collaborator, director Rob Hardy, for a Creative Loafing feature story when they were up-and-coming talents on the Atlanta film scene. Six-and-a-half years later, Packer magnanimously said the story helped put Rainforest Films on the map.

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium. Everything a special holiday beer should be: complex, potent, and enjoyable to the last sip. Pours cloudy brown with a big rocky head that dissipates into a clingy mess. Sweet, toasted malts dominate the aroma, along with typical Belgian yeast aromas of brown bread, clove, and nutmeg. A parade of sweet flavors manifest themselves with each taste: caramel and toffee lead the procession followed by raisins and dates. A fairly assertive piney hop flavor, along with spices and a tannic tartness moves in to counter the malts. Full-bodied with a lively, round carbonation and a slick finish that will have you diving back in like a fat man at a pie-eating contest. 

Bad Elf Winter Ale (English IPA, 6% ABV),Ridgeway Brewing, South Stoke, UK. Ridgeway produces several humorously named winter beers. I was unable to locate the Santa’s Butt Porter, but this is the best-regarded of the Bad Elf series. I’d like to get a taste of the Insanely Bad Elf Barley Wine at 11.5% ABV, but if you are looking for something that will stand up to the rich flavors of a holiday meal without being a meal in itself, this straight-forward English IPA is a fine choice. It pours a bright yellow-gold with a slight chill haze and minimal head. Spicy and floral hops ride over a moderate biscuity malt sweetness. A fizzy, puckery mouthfeel and a bright finish make it a perfect companion to a gut-busting feast.

Delirium Noel (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Belgium. The procession of pink elephants in Santa caps on the label gives you an idea of what you are in for from this seasonal special from the brewers of the excellent Delirium series. A bottle of this just might drown out your mother's nagging about how worthless you are. Amber-gold with a rich, yeasty, caramel flavor, notes of whiskey and cherry, and a mild, spicy hop bitterness. 

Samichlaus Bier (Doppelbock, 14% ABV),Brewery Castle Eggenberg, Eggenberg, Austria. Brewed once a year on December 6 by the oldest family-owned brewery in Austria and aged for 10 months, this is one of the strongest beers that you can buy legally in Georgia and the strongest lager beer in the world. This year's vintage was brewed in 2006 and can be enjoyed for years to come with proper cellaring. Although brewed only with malt, hops, and yeast according to the German Purity Law of 1516, this brandy-like dessert beer is thick with the essence of green apple, apricot, and fig. A hint of cinnamon and a bracing tartness give it a clean finish. Enjoy it in front of the fireplace with someone you love.

Twelve Days (English Strong Ale, 5.5% ABV), Hook Norton Brewery Company, Ltd., Banbury, UK. Certainly not strong by American standards, this is nevertheless a satisfying ale with a floral hop aroma, a bit of spice, and a mild, malty sweetness with fruit and nut flavors dominating. The delicate balance is upset by too much burnt sugar harshness and a thin mouthfeel, however.

Last Minute Beer Event Department
On Friday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. join Athens’ Dynamic Beer Duo Owen Ogletree and Kerri Allen at 5th Earl Market in Decatur for a tasting of gourmet cheeses paired with Dogfish Head Ales. Five courses of cheese will be served with five rare Dogfish Head drafts like Punkin Ale and Chateau Jiahu for just $20. Contact Brian or David at 404-377-5477 or email brian at 5thearlmarket.com."
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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium. Everything a special holiday beer should be: complex, potent, and enjoyable to the last sip. Pours cloudy brown with a big rocky head that dissipates into a clingy mess. Sweet, toasted malts dominate the aroma, along with typical Belgian yeast aromas of brown bread, clove, and nutmeg. A parade of sweet flavors manifest themselves with each taste: caramel and toffee lead the procession followed by raisins and dates. A fairly assertive piney hop flavor, along with spices and a tannic tartness moves in to counter the malts. Full-bodied with a lively, round carbonation and a slick finish that will have you diving back in like a fat man at a pie-eating contest. 

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Delirium Noel (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Belgium. The procession of pink elephants in Santa caps on the label gives you an idea of what you are in for from this seasonal special from the brewers of the excellent Delirium series. A bottle of this just might drown out your mother's nagging about how worthless you are. Amber-gold with a rich, yeasty, caramel flavor, notes of whiskey and cherry, and a mild, spicy hop bitterness. 

Samichlaus Bier (Doppelbock, 14% ABV),Brewery Castle Eggenberg, Eggenberg, Austria. Brewed once a year on December 6 by the oldest family-owned brewery in Austria and aged for 10 months, this is one of the strongest beers that you can buy legally in Georgia and the strongest lager beer in the world. This year's vintage was brewed in 2006 and can be enjoyed for years to come with proper cellaring. Although brewed only with malt, hops, and yeast according to the German Purity Law of 1516, this brandy-like dessert beer is thick with the essence of green apple, apricot, and fig. A hint of cinnamon and a bracing tartness give it a clean finish. Enjoy it in front of the fireplace with someone you love.

Twelve Days (English Strong Ale, 5.5% ABV), Hook Norton Brewery Company, Ltd., Banbury, UK. Certainly not strong by American standards, this is nevertheless a satisfying ale with a floral hop aroma, a bit of spice, and a mild, malty sweetness with fruit and nut flavors dominating. The delicate balance is upset by too much burnt sugar harshness and a thin mouthfeel, however.

Last Minute Beer Event Department
On Friday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. join Athens’ Dynamic Beer Duo Owen Ogletree and Kerri Allen at 5th Earl Market in Decatur for a tasting of gourmet cheeses paired with Dogfish Head Ales. Five courses of cheese will be served with five rare Dogfish Head drafts like Punkin Ale and Chateau Jiahu for just $20. Contact Brian or David at 404-377-5477 or email brian@5thearlmarket.com."
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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium. Everything a special holiday beer should be: complex, potent, and enjoyable to the last sip. Pours cloudy brown with a big rocky head that dissipates into a clingy mess. Sweet, toasted malts dominate the aroma, along with typical Belgian yeast aromas of brown bread, clove, and nutmeg. A parade of sweet flavors manifest themselves with each taste: caramel and toffee lead the procession followed by raisins and dates. A fairly assertive piney hop flavor, along with spices and a tannic tartness moves in to counter the malts. Full-bodied with a lively, round carbonation and a slick finish that will have you diving back in like a fat man at a pie-eating contest. 

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Delirium Noel (Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 10% ABV), Brouwerij Huyghe, Melle, Belgium. The procession of pink elephants in Santa caps on the label gives you an idea of what you are in for from this seasonal special from the brewers of the excellent Delirium series. A bottle of this just might drown out your mother's nagging about how worthless you are. Amber-gold with a rich, yeasty, caramel flavor, notes of whiskey and cherry, and a mild, spicy hop bitterness. 

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Last Minute Beer Event Department
On Friday, November 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. join Athens’ Dynamic Beer Duo Owen Ogletree and Kerri Allen at 5th Earl Market in Decatur for a tasting of gourmet cheeses paired with Dogfish Head Ales. Five courses of cheese will be served with five rare Dogfish Head drafts like Punkin Ale and Chateau Jiahu for just $20. Contact Brian or David at 404-377-5477 or email brian at 5thearlmarket.com.             13026143 1270821                          Beer - A sampling of Christmas ales "
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Christmas at Sweet Apple. Through Dec. 30. $7-$35. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Theatre in the Square's Alley Stage, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770-422-8369. www.theatreinthesquare.com."
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As Atlanta starts to venture outdoors once again, the Festival season springs to life. The Atlanta Dogwood Festival marks the unofficial start of the Spring. Here's a list of the festivals and fairs that happen all ((atlanta events 2020|year round)). If you are looking for things to do this [atlanta-events/this weekend|weekend], [atlanta-events/today|today] or [atlanta-events/tomorrow|tomorrow]. See our handy guide to the ((things to do|5 things to do in Atlanta today)). We've got critics and reader recommendations for [atlanta-events/music|live music], [atlanta-events/food|food and wine events], [atlanta-events/sports|sports], [atlanta-events/free|free] or those for the [atlanta-events/family|family]. For a list of ((whats going on in atlanta|neighborhood centric-events)) or our page of ((things to do|Things to Do in ATL)).

If you're in a band, an artist, run a venue, or keep your organization's calendar, we'd love to have your event on the site. Submit your event ((add-event|here)) and we'll get you on Atlanta's most comprehensive listing of [atlanta-events|events].

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