Since I'm now willing to accept that the holiday season is upon us (anything prior to Thanksgiving is NOT the holiday season, in my opinion), I wanted to start a whimsical list of all things New York Islanders related that us here on Lighthouse Hockey do for the holiday season. I'll begin...
- Watching an Islanders game in person during the holiday season. For me, this is more difficult for some years than other years, due to the fact that I live a few hours north of Long Island. If I am visiting Long Island during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday, I try to make it to an Isles game if my schedule allows me to do so.
- Hanging my Christmas tree with Islanders-themed ornaments. Granted, the tree isn't filled with only Islanders related ornaments (although that would be cool and funny), but I have enough ornaments to let the world know that my small Christmas tree that I lug out every year is an Islanders fan amongst Christmas trees.
- Giving gifts under the alias of "John Tavares Claus". Yes, I actually do this. Unlike Santa Claus, John Tavares is alive in both body and spirit. Also, it's a great way to introduce young children as well as adults to the Islanders. Plus, he has delivered many gifts for us fans. However, I do await the day where he delivers the grandest gift of all for the Islanders, the Stanley Cup.
That's all I've got for now. I'll let others tell the Islanders' version of a Christmas Carol or 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. For a final note, lately, Gary Bettman and Don Fehr have reminded me of the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser from one of those Rankin-Bass Christmas specials.