CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's made a list, checked it twice, and soon West Virginia politicos will find out if they've been naughty or nice.
Invitations soon will be in the mail for the five holiday parties Tomblin and first lady Joanne are hosting this year at the Governor's Mansion.
The yuletide fetes have become an annual tradition at the state's executive residence.
The invitation-only, black-tie-optional affairs attract about 2,000 partygoers each year. Guests are typically members of the state's political elite, including elected officials, lobbyists and political constituents.
The festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 30, with other parties following Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 13 and Dec. 15. The events are slated to begin at 6 p.m. each night, Tomblin communications director Amy Shuler-Goodwin said.
The last couple of governors held four parties each year. Tomblin opted for five last year.
The decision wasn't to give Tomblin another night to rock around the Christmas tree. It was because the Tomblins had a smaller hall to deck.
Starting in 2007, Gov. Joe Manchin started throwing parties in what became known as the "governor's party tent" - a 4,000-square-foot white plastic structure tacked onto the west side of the Governor's Mansion.
The $126,000 tent became a permanent, visible addition to the Capitol grounds during the Manchin years - much to the chagrin of some in Charleston's chattering class.
In 2011, Tomblin made the executive decision to pull up stakes on the tent. Critics rejoiced.