Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, please have your package wrapped, remember where you’re at. I happen to love the U.S. Postal Service, particularly since that cold Christmas Day when they brought the package from my far-away daughter.

But somewhere along the way, someone decided it was the postal employee’s duty to wrap packages. This is absolutely not the case.

“The most memorable one was the chicken,” said a local civil servant. “Usually they come already wrapped in a box with holes. Then there were the bees. They got loose in the back.”

Since it’s hard to trace an epidemic to its origin, I will address all those afflicted.

It might interest you to know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, served as a postmaster in New Salem, Illinois. Aviator Charles Lindbergh, famous for making the first solo transatlantic flight in 1927, worked as an airmail pilot for the U.S. Postal Service. Bing Crosby worked as a postal clerk in Spokane, and his dreaming of a white Christmas did not include wrapping your package. Clearly, none of these men had time for such nonsense, and postal employees still don’t.

Mailmen used to deliver your mail via Pony Express, braving hostile Indians, dangerous terrain and conditions exceeding anything you will ever encounter. The least you can do to repay them is wrap your own packages. To do otherwise is un-American.

God bless the mailmen, every one, for they have better things to do. Because in a post-apocalyptic world, Kevin Costner is going to save human society by giving it hope again via mail delivery. All you have to do is watch "The Postman" this holiday season. And do your own wrapping.

Merry Christmas.


Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.

Dashing all the Way

And no wonder, with court closed due to the weather forecast, the Lafayette Bar Association had even more reason for an office party. Judges and lawyers alike gathered for some Christmas cheer and Poupart’s catering at LBA headquarters, not the least among them Dona Renegar; hizzoner David Blanchet, chief judge of the 15th Judicial Court; Cyd Anderson and smooth-talker Brian Beduze, who has the best picture-taking line we’ve ever heard: “I knew if I hung around beauty long enough, something good would happen.” The Young Lawyers Section also collected donations for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of South Louisiana, who assist neglected and abused children. The evening’s donations will help train advocates.

Christmas Social

Chapter Y of P.E.O. held its Christmas luncheon and silent auction fundraiser at River Oaks. “P.E.O. is an international — U.S. and Canada — philanthropic education organization with a quarter-million members,” said President Lisa Farmer. “Since 1907, we’ve given over $300 million in loans and scholarships to women.” Gilda McBride greeted guests at the door, Marlene Milam was extra-entertaining and past state President Margaret Berry and Lanell Causey drove two hours from Natchitoches, lured by the promise of some Zea’s pepper jelly vinaigrette. Established in 1869, P.E.O. owns its own accredited liberal arts college in Nevada, Missouri, and administers multiple loan and scholarship funds.

Holiday Tea

Gina Foster hosted the Krewe of Victoria for some holiday merriment at her Valerie Drive home. All was merry and bright, especially the tiaras, as the ladies enjoyed caviar, caprese bites, shrimp and sweets, courtesy of Stacy Landry catering. Queen Victoria Renee Borne was striking in a fisherman’s knit sweater dress, the house was beautiful inside and out, and the 25th-anniversary quilt handmade by President Teresa Meza equally so, with its squares made from commemorative krewe shirts. “I saved all those T-shirts,” said Meza. Victoria’s ball will be held on Feb. 2.

Adeste Fideles

Chorale Acadienne packed them in at St. John’s for Christmas music, despite the icy weather warnings and travel advisories. The beautiful concert directed by Frank Reeve included excerpts from "Handel’s Messiah," “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Gloria” and traditional carols "O Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noel," and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." The Episcopal School of Acadiana Children’s Choir also sang, directed by Rusty Roden. The concert closed with “Silent Night” by candlelight. In the audience: Robert Clement, Roger Waggoner, Drs. Patricia Cran and Ronnie Daigle and Dr. Terry Cromwell and wife Jan. Singer Stuart Burgess hosted the après party.