The ten worst things about Christmas

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Yup, got my bah humbug on.

1. All your friends are out of town so you’re stuck cooking dinner for your room mate who eats with his mouth open and does his best to make sure there aren’t any leftovers.
2. Whatever you get your mother (which you spend hours tormenting over) it’s never the right thing.
3. The tracking number to the one gift you actually need to arrive on time doesn’t exist in the shipper’s data base.
4. There’s nothing to watch on TV but bad reruns, cartoons or holiday movies you’ve seen a million times.
5. Every advertiser on planet Earth is using Star Wars as a hook.
6. No matter how much you love Christmas, you hate it by the time it’s over.
7. People apparently receive your gifts and cards but don’t feel they need to mention that to you.
8. The one or two friends who are still in town don’t believe in Christmas.
9. Since your dog loves the taste of ribbon and wrapping paper, you’ll need to schedule a $400 doggie enema the day after Christmas.
10. You spend the entire day cooking but by the time you eat, you don’t taste a thing. And you end up with heartburn.

How about you? What are your ten worst things about Christmas? Feel free to add to the list.

Annie

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15 Awesome gifts for book lovers

There’s no denying, Christmas is upon us and it’s time to get serious about shopping if you’re like me and wait til the last minute. And if you have any book lovers on your shopping list have I found some fun things for you. Following are some super cool, interesting and unique gifts you might want to get for your favorite bookworm.

 

 

book pendantVINTAGE BOOKS PENDANT in Ernest Hemingway Quote Box. Super pretty and I wouldn’t kick it out of my Christmas stocking.

 

 

 

old book candleOld Books Candle – If you love your eReader but still miss the smell of old books, this is a great solution.

 

 

 

iphone coverBook lovers iPhone case – pretty, classy and what’s not to love

 

 

 

 

book mugCoffee mug is great for coffee and stating a deep seated belief

 

 

 

book wall artPrintable art

 

 

 

book bagWhat book worm doesn’t need a cool book bag?

 

 

 

 

Storymatic is a unique game that helps your favorite book lovers spin their own yarns of mystery, romance and intrigue.

banned book socksBanned book socks keep your feet warm and lets  you thumb your nose and book banners at the same time. Win-win.

 

 

 

Bamboo-Bathtub-Caddy-v2Who doesn’t like to settle into a bubble bath for a good read. This bamboo book/bathtub caddy is probably my fave.

 

 

 

Dashboard-William-Shakespeare-bobble headAnd what book lover doesn’t want a dashboard Shakespeare bobblehead?

 

 

 

 

library embosser for booksFor the book collector who treasures their favorite books, this library embosser enables them to personalize their favorite reads.

 

 

 

killed_you_off_drinking_glassThese special glasses speak for themselves.

 

 

 

 

reading bed pillowLove to read in bed? Do it in style and comfort with awesome bed pillow, and yeah, if you’re asking I’ll take one.

 

 

 

book lovers night standNeed something to organize all the books you have to read? This night stand holds a lot of reading material

 

 

 

bedtime stories duvet coverA bedtime story duvet cover ensures you always have something to read at night.

 

 

Dorothy_0050a_Book MapThis is so unique, a map made out of book titles, just love this.

 

 

 

book lover triv pursuitDid you know that there is a book lovers version of Trivial Pursuit? I didn’t. And I want one. For 2 to 4 players or

 

 

And just for fun, did you know that Santa’s elves have a back up team?
Santa’s real workshop:

All I Want for Christmas

Back in the olden days when nobody protested Christmas displays or tried to sue people for saying Merry Christmas, or when Christmas trees weren’t considered a blight to the future of the planet, there was a cute little song called, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

Ah, simpler times when the desire to have those important two front chompers in order to sink into the holiday dinner that was high in fat, sugar, cholesterol, calories and flavor. I miss them, don’t you?

And too, our wants are different now. If we are doing bad, we probably just want gas that is less than three bucks a gallon, or not be singled out in the security line at the airport by some lonely groping TSA agent. If we’re doing okay, we’re not sure what we want because we have grown accustomed to buying everything and anything our little heart desires. We own every gadget, media invention, and movie known to man—perhaps upgrading to a 60 inch plasma would be nice?

People complain about the commercialism of Christmas as if that is a new concept, but really if you watch old Christmas movies, you see that in 1947 they were complaining about it then too. Don’t believe me? Watch Miracle on 34th Street and you’ll see the teenage Santa wannabe Alfred say, “There is a lot of bad ism’s floating around this world and one of the worst is commercialism.” So that is nothing new, really. And frankly, I don’t see all that much wrong with it. Commercialism is what makes and sells things that we apparently want. Commercialism provides jobs. Commercialism produces movies, cell phones, music, television shows, automobiles, and every other material good, service and benefit we desire – so maybe we should stop blaming commercialism for our own relentless desire for stuff.

But regardless of what Christmas means to us, whether it is strictly religious or more just that joyous, spiritual feeling or lighthearted fun we love about Christmas, we all want something for Christmas and this is what I want:

I want people to put aside their selfishness and let others observe the holiday as they wish (as long as explosives or mayhem is not involved)

I want Congress to quit using taxpayer money to act as selective Santa’s giving to some and taking from others. (Most of us already have parents)

I want to spend one more Christmas with my father who is deceased through some bizarre miraculous g-torsional time warp. (I know this is not possible but I still want it)

I want the people who hate and are offended by Christmas to spend Christmas week in Iran, China or Afghanistan so they can see up close and personal how they like living in a country where the government outlaws such things and possibly even things they like. (Perhaps then Christmas won’t seem so offensive to them after that?)

I want the president to refrain from signing anything into law for at least a month. (Call it a bill-free holiday for all Americans).

I want Americans to quit envying each other and to accept charity if given freely but not to expect it because someone else can afford it. (Just because someone has something you do not, doesn’t mean you are entitled to a piece of it.)

I want the media to report the news in an unbiased manner without injecting their opinions, ideology and prejudices. (Or to shut the hell up.)

I want everybody to quit trying to control everything and just let things be. (From the weather to what we eat—again, we already have parents and most of us have umbrellas and galoshes).

But more than anything I want us to be free, happy and grateful for all the many blessings we have.

How about you, what do you want for Christmas?

WC

copyright 2010

You Might be a Christmas Addict if…


I don’t know about you but I am in love with Christmas. While others may complain about crowded stores and parking lots, I rise to the challenge. And though some may have a hard time deciding on what to give as gifts, my mind starts racing with a list as early as August. I love everything about it, from Christmas trees to Christmas music. I admit it, I am a Christmas addict and I am not the least bit interested in joining any twelve step program to break the addiction.

How do you know who is a Christmas addict? Well there are several signs that can clue you in that you or a loved one is a Christmas addict which I am willing to share. You might be a Christmas addict if…

1. You think naming your first child Rudolph is an inspired idea.
2. Every year you scope consignment shops, shopping malls and thrift stores for more ornaments.
3. Tears come to your eyes the first time you plug in the Christmas tree.
4. You dream of how you’re going to decorate your house starting in July.
5. You can’t sing White Christmas without getting choked up.
6. You suddenly love everybody.
7. Your idea of a good meal is butter cookies, milk and candy canes.
8. You get your car retrofitted to look like a sleigh.
9. You get your chimney cleaned so Santa won’t get sooty.
10. You wear red every day in December.
11. You have to buy your Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend.
12. You’re disappointed if you don’t have lots of people on your Christmas list.
13. You have a Christmas movie marathon starting on Thanksgiving night.
14. You watch every movie you can get your hands on that is about Christmas – even the bad ones.
15. You search the internet for weird Christmas facts, food, videos and games.
16. You think elves are cuter than puppy dogs and kittens.
17. You prefer eggnog over coffee in the morning.
18. You own a Santa hat, reindeer ears and Christmas tree earrings.
19. You bake brownies, cookies and other treats for total strangers.
20. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree makes you want to dance.
21. You say Merry Christmas to everyone, even people who cut you off in traffic.
22. You love dressing up your pets in Christmas outfits.

I could actually go on and on but you get the idea. What about you? What makes you a Christmas addict? Or are you the bah humbug type who delights in messing with Christmas addicts’ minds? As usual, feel free to add to the list.

WC
copyright 2010

More Little Known Christmas Facts…

Since these little lists are popular this time of year, I managed to dig up more Christmas trivia which may help you in your next holiday game of charades.

  1. Christmas clubs came into existence circa 1905 which were special savings accounts in which people deposited a set amount of money regularly and to be used for Christmas gift shopping. (Hmm, sounds like Social Security to me)
  2. In early England, a  traditional Christmas dinner was a pig head prepared with mustard. (I wonder if that’s where the term pig-headed came from)
  3. A 1995 survey found that 7 out of 10 British dogs get Christmas gifts from their  owners. (Something tells me that Americans are probably right up there with this)
  4. The first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday was Alabama, which  began in 1836. (Gotta love them southerners)
  5. Contrary to popular opinion, Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Black Friday actually ranks 5th to 10th on the busiest day list.  Typically, the Friday and Saturday before Christmas are the two busiest shopping days of the year. (Kinds makes those camping shoppers outside of WalMart look pretty silly, huh?)
  6. American billionaire Ross Perot tried to airlift 28 tons of medicine and Christmas gifts to American POW’s in North Vietnam in 1969. (No wonder he looks so elfin)
  7. What do Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam have to do with Charles Dickens? Well they are the names he considered using for Bob Cratchett’s disabled son before he came up with Tiny Tim. (I can only imagine his rejects for Scrooge)
  8. Good news for all you greenies out there. Christmas trees are edible. Parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. (Though you probably don’t want to eat the ornaments)
  9. Ever wonder why merchants get that Christmas merchandise out so early in the year? Well, during World War II it was necessary for Americans to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe so they would receive them in time. Merchants joined in the effort to remind the public to shop and mail early and voila a commercial tradition was born.
  10. Another nice tidbit for the greenies – For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. (And too, most Christmas trees are grown on Christmas tree farms, not removed from the forest.)
  11. The largest living Christmas tree in the world is over 160 feet tall and you can check it out here.
  12. Ever wondered what figgy pudding is?  I have. You can get the history and the recipe here.

Otay, that’s all the whacky Christmas facts I have for the moment, but stay tuned you never know when some other whacky thing will surface.

WC