14 November, 2013
Rat Fink

Hey you.

Guess what’s coming up in 41 days?

I must say I do love holiday shopping. Mostly because I do 99% of it sitting right here at the box. Two years ago, I went with my daughter-in-law and her mom to do the whole Black Friday, get-up-at-2-a.m. thing. It wasn’t as bad as what I thought it might be, but I ended up coming home with fewer items than I wanted. So, I went back to chair shopping, and I really do like it. Merchants are much more savvy to the online holiday shopper now, and they fashion their BF sales to meet those needs. I like it.

Do you have a special “event” that you make out of Christmas shopping? Any fun traditions? I’m always up for starting a new one. That, and I love reading your stories.

What’s your favorite thing to bake over the holidays? (Or if you don’t bake, tell me your favorite thing to eat.) Jury’s still out on how much I will bake this year, since I can’t eat just about all of it. Blah! I have committed to making cake truffles for my high school choir again, while of course saving some back for the family, but not sure what else I’ll make. I’ll take your ideas. Gotny?

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14 November, 2013 9:54 am

In my years at Siberia-cuse, and continuing to today, I got tired of being sick over Christmas. Since then, I have refused to visit a mall between Labor Day and Easter. Just too many germs in one enclosed place. Cyber-shopping has worked for me. Lots of times I can get an item no tax/no shipping, so I save a little scratch, which is always nice. The down side is I have to wait for it to be delivered, but that’s a small price to pay. I have made my family’s gifts for many years – usually with sewing/embroidery but more… Read more »

14 November, 2013 11:42 am

My first Christmas tradition is not to think nor doing anything regarding Christmas until after Thanksgiving. It is mostly a fruitless tradition as it is hard to ignore the trappings that start filling the store mid-October; and now on Nov 14th my friend is asking me to think about Christmas that is 41 days away…sheesh, da noirve! I do have a few other traditions…I am a multi-source shopper so cyber sales are great from the comfort of the home and can be executed in total secrecy. With sons living at two end of the continent that is the easiest and… Read more »

15 November, 2013 8:29 am

I guess I would say that it’s a year where, for the first time, I get to start setting my own traditions with Heffe in our little family. Kinda neat. What might stick for a year or two: Spending Christmas day, just the two of us. What might not last until next year: Setting the Christmas tree up on November 12th. I know it’s “too early”, but we don’t have decorations on it yet, so it doesn’t count… right? As far as shopping goes, I never really enjoyed it because I know what happens to our bank accounts when we… Read more »

17 November, 2013 11:02 am
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Ha… “a fir without bulbs…” Yea. We’ll get on that task… eventually. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe today. Who knows. ;)