It’s an annual tradition as familiar as a Christmas ham or a Labor Day taffy pull. (What? You never had a Labor Day taffy pull? Me either, but it sounds like a great tradition. Let’s start it.)

I’m referring to my favorite posts of the year. The top ten things that made me laugh, made me cry, or generally made me glad that they weren’t one of the other horrid pieces of parakeet cage lining that I usually crank out. (Did I write that out loud?)

Here they are, in order of appearance: