17 More Shopping Days..........

So what's on your Christmas or Chanuka list this year? Air fresheners from the Sharper Image catalog? Diamonds from Zales? World Peace? What's hot this year? Let's see,,,, last year wan't it pink Uggs that sold out? A friend of mine had the foresight to purchase eight pair and sell them for a huge profit on Ebay. The year before, another friend bought the Furreal cat toys and did the same thing. A rather clever way to finance holiday shopping, I say. How come I'm not that clever? I just write about it after the fact. I guess there have always been those items that hit the mainstream through brilliant advertising, that many people think they cannot live without. Remember Tickle Me Elmo? He didn't survive the plush toy bonfire that I had to put out several years ago. I placed all of the stuffed animals in our house, we have four kids!, in a pile and let each child select only five to remain in our house. Yes yes, it was traumatic, but you try making the beds with all of those plastic eyeballs peering at you, and your back screaming, not another plush toy to pick up!!!!! It had to be done. Somehow, they have multiplied again, but only in my daughter's room.

I asked the kiddies to compose a list and here is what they came up with: The oldest boy wants Dance Dance Revolution dance pads (yes, two, so he can compete with his twin brother and win at something for once!) along with the Play Station 2 song games. He also wants the new Gameboy Advance hand-held double screen deal that was just released. His twin brother wants the expensive soccer jerseys that you have to travel to special stores just to locate, and good luck finding his size, They are fairly pricy but are durable and make him feel like a king when he wears them. He also likes fancy flashy sport balls, patent leather basket balls and footballs, holographic soccer balls etc. Our middle boy is a blend of his older twin brothers yet still his own man, and he asked for sport jerseys, and the new Gameboy Advance and a couple packs of Mighty Beans (don't ask) to top it all off. Our princess of course would like more clothes and shoes. She displayed a bit of humor on her list and also asked for , "The best day of my life." . Hubby has given me few clues. He'll get a few novelty items, and perhaps a nice outfit. Like I said, if it ain't written down somwhere, I probably won't get it done. He'll figure it out someday. Maybe he likes to be surprised.

I, on the other hand, not only made a list for him, but also purchased the items since I had cupons. I'm going to make hubby wrap them though, since I hate doing that. He's very thoughtful and always manages to find something I'll enjoy. Last year it was a beautiful vase. I think our daughter had something to do with that decision.

I have some tricky loved ones to buy for this year. What should I select for my emergency- room -doctor- single- brother- in- law? Or my 23 year old nephew? What about my brothers? I really don't know their musical tastes so well anymore. Calendars? Boring. Books? Do they even have time to read? What do they need? What can they use? What might they want that I can afford? I don't dare try to buy them clothes. Gift cards don't cut it at the family gift exchange. I try to think about what they might enjoy besides good food and entertainment. I am drawing a blank At least I have no problem finding gifts for their wives, thank God..I wonder if it is the same way for them buying for us gals. It seems to me that gift giving occassions cater to the feminine population for some reason. There's alway perfume, candy and jewelry to please the senses, and of course the Ophra book club selections to fill any spare time that we might have. But what's the hot ticket for men between the ages of 20 and 50? And in the same price range. Hurry! I'm running out of time!!!!!

Christmas Jokes

What kind of music do elves like best?
"Wrap" music!

How many elves does it take to change a light bulb?

Ten! One to change the light bulb and nine to stand on each other's shoulders!

What kind of bread do elves make sandwiches with?

Why, shortbread of course!

What kind of money do elves use?
Jingle bills!

Why did Santa's helper see the doctor?
Because he had low "elf" esteem!

How long should an elf's legs be?

Just long enough to reach the ground!

What did the elf say was the first step in using a Christmas computer?
"
First, YULE LOGon"!

Why did the elf put his bed into the fireplace?
He wanted to sleep like a log!

What's the first thing elves learn in school?
The "elf"-abet!

Who sings "Blue Christmas" and makes toy guitars?
Elfis!

Who lives at the North Pole, makes toys and rides around in a pumpkin?
Cinder-"elf"-a!

One elf said to another elf, "We had Grandma for Christmas dinner".
And the other elf said, "Really? We had turkey!"

Why do elves scratch themselves?
Because they're the only ones who know where its itchy!

How do elves greet each other?
"Small world, isn't it?"

Santa rides in a sleigh. What do elves ride in?
Mini vans!

What do you call an elf who tells silly jokes?
A real Christmas Card!

What do they call a wild elf in Texas?
Gnome on the range!

Why did the elves spell Christmas N-O-E?
Because Santa had said, "No L!"

Why did the elves ask the turkey to join the band?
Because he had the drum sticks!

If athletes get athlete's foot, what do elves get?
Mistle-toes!

What's another name for Santa's helpers?
Subordinate clauses!

Where do you find elves?
Depends where you left them!

December 6, 2004
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Christmas Oddities

In Italy they have no Christmas trees, instead they decorate small wooden pyramids with fruit.

In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas eve so that the people can roller-skate to church.

An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.

It is a British Christmas tradition that a wish made while mixing the Christmas pudding will come true only if the ingredients are stirred in a clockwise direction.

A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

Sending red Christmas cards to anyone in Japan constitutes bad etiquette, since funeral notices there are customarily printed in red.

In Norway on Christmas Eve, all the brooms in the house are hidden because long ago it was believed that witches and mischievous spirits came out on Christmas Eve and would steal their brooms for riding.


Christmas day is celebrated in late December, shortly after the sun turns north and the days start getting longer.
The choice of date is symbolic, since nobody really knows when Jesus was born.
Astrologically, the date is in early Capricorn, the sign of the mountain goat.
The early light falls first on the rugged mountain peaks, where the surefooted goat lives.
Christmas has become a caricature of the original celebration,
with a lot of silly commercial additives.
Essentially, it's a celebration of life, and being "reborn"
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