I like your first two, especially your idea of inviting your friends to meet up. And the year end BBQ always makes me chuckle - around here that means somebody stationed by the back patio door in a heavy coat dashing outside to tend the meat every so often.
I'll try to frequently chime in on this one. But for starters, I'm thankful for this team and forum where people all across the globe can share interests, beliefs, and parts of our lives.
Even if I never meet any of you guys on earth, I hope we recognize each other in heaven. "You're that crazy guy from farmland, USA. Hey, I crunched WCG with you!"