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They say “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But with so many parties and so many presents to buy and wrap, and so many friends and family members to disappoint because you just can’t do it all, I’m not so sure it’s all that wonderful. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed this year. I know, I know. Boo hoo, Boozie.

I know you don’t come here to hear me bellyache. You come here for the scoop and that’s what I’m going to give you. So sit down, relax and enjoy. I’m going to try and do the same thing after I scratch this thing out!

(Local) celebrities, they’re just like us!

It’s been a little quiet on the celebrity-sighting front since Vince Vaughn and Liam Hemsworth finished filming their flick here and left town. But I did have a spy file a report about one of our favorite local celebs, WKRG news anchor Peter “the Silver Fox” Albrecht. The spy reported seeing him in the Dollar Tree near the mall, (allegedly) “buying Sprees, dish soap and maybe batteries.”

The spy said another lady in line recognized him and got very excited. See, who cares about Liam when you’ve got Pete!

Lagniappe Christmas party hits all the notes

Lagniappe World HQ was transformed into a red and Lagniappe purple Christmas wonderland for its annual holiday party last Friday night. The food from Stevie’s Kitchen was delish, and the drinks, oh how they were a-flowing, which helped get everyone socially lubricated enough for a night of karaoke hosted by the fabulous Dalton Muse.

Lagniappe arts editor Kevin Lee and sports reporter Mark Bryant gave a particularly wonderful rendition of “Rocket Man” in William Shatner style.

Mrs. Kevin Lee (or as we refer to her, Mrs. Klee) impressed with some Crystal Gayle, while reporter Dale Liesch lovingly dedicated the Train song “Meet Virginia” to co-publisher Rob Holbert, as Train is one of his favorite bands. Holbert even jumped in at the end to sing this tune along with Liesch, as it is one of his all-time faves.

Reporter Jason Johnson showed he could do more than just cover cops and the county by belting out Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Mrs. Rob Holbert gave us a little Shania Twain and impressed us much. And co-publisher Ashley Trice and her husband Frank “sang” a festive version of a Divinyls song, “I Touch My Elf.” I’m told the sound was reminiscent of a cat being murdered.

The highlight of the evening was at the end, though, when the staff came together to spread peace, joy and harmony by singing “We Are the World.”

A good time was had by all. And many people felt terrible the next day, as it should be.

Well, kids, that’s all I got. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ “Rocket Man” lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!