When I was growing up, my family always went to my grandparents' house for Christmas Eve. Before we left every Christmas Eve morning, we would put a plate of cookies and a glass of wine on the kitchen table for Santa Claus. "Santa gets enough milk at the other houses," my mom would explain.
On Christmas Eve morning, 25 years ago today, we put out the cookies and wine and I dutifully jumped into the backseat of our car, when I realized that I had forgotten my hat. I went back into the house to get my hat, and it was then that I found my mom drinking the glass of wine.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this emotionally scarring moment, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville looked at his playcard and called the 'football embodiment of the swift destruction of a child's Christmas belief system' play.