Like a kid at Christmas, or at least very immature

This being a full-service newsletter, ole ryan went ahead and included below a few gentle suggestions to help manage holiday stress.

  • Egg nog makes a fine breakfast drink.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, start a band.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, book United.
  • Keep reindeer (any livestock really) off the roof to prevent damage to shingles and tamp down on noise
  • Vince Guaraldi
  • Give tastefully wrapped can of WD40 to your Secret Santa. You’ll not be invited to participate again – huge time-saver there.
  • Ask first before petting anyone’s emotional support animal – be it a dog, pony or pheasant.
  • No need to roll the dice on 4+ hour un-refrigerated meat at the office pot luck – that’s just asking for trouble.
  • Hang out with the J Ryan Trio at any of our upcoming sets – you know we’d love to see you!
  • Lastly, remember why we do this Christmas thing every year – placing the real reason for Christmas front and center can be a good thing.

Ally’s Bistro
N72W13350 Lund Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Friday Dec 13

A special evening of Christmas tunes, Motown, Beatles all stitched together with jazz (and love) with every penny raised on this outing benefiting The Women’s Center of Waukesha County (

Von Maur
20111 Lord Street in Brookfield
(Bluemound just east of Barker)
Saturday Dec 14
11am – 2pm

Beautifully decorated for the holidays, Von Maur offers an unparalleled Christmas shopping experience replete with the best brands, impeccable personal service, a JRT jazz Christmas set and a rollicking jolly Santa Claus. Who knew Santa could shake sleigh bells on the downbeat in 5:4 time? Hey I’m on record: Santa is very real – although once his shift is done at 5 we’re meeting him at Applebee’s for drinks.