Akk, it’s the eighth of December already! Tree’s up at least, most of the decorations too, although the boxes are still strewn around the living and family rooms. Guitar Hero decided to go all out this year with the decorating – we have bows on all the light fixtures, pine garland wrapped around the banister on the stairway leading to the top floor, garland around doorways, etc. I love it! Especially since he did it on his own without me having to nag ask him. My mother would walk in and say “Oh, look a Christmas factory exploded.” Which is ironic when you consider she used to work at a factory that made Christmas decorations.

I’ve got a couple presents for Gizmo Guy – yes, they’re gizmos so he should be happy, and that’s one major headache item crossed off my list. (Although I still need to get out there and do the little stocking stuffer shopping – that’s the part where usually people have the most fun as we buy each other nonsensical presents.)

I always try to find everyone what Gizmo Guy calls the ‘woohoo’ present. That’s the present that wasn’t on your list, that you didn’t know you wanted until you get it. For a toddler, it’s a foil pie plate and a wooden spoon, or an empty box, LOL. For adults, it’s some weird toy or gizmo that they’d never seen and never would pick up for themselves. In other words, it’s that present that you end up spending most of your Christmas Day playing with. When the boys were little it would usually be some toy I found on special in the clearance bin for under $10 and put away for them. Then when they opened it, they’d scream, “Santa knew! Santa knew! I didn’t tell anyone I wanted this but he bought it anyway!” (One year it was a toy Star Trek Bridge or Transporter or something. They still won’t let me get rid of it even though half the parts are missing.) Trouble is those presents are getting harder and harder to find and some years I don’t manage it. I have an idea for one for Guitar Hero or Curly – or maybe both – but the closest store that carries it is on the outskirts of Toronto and I hate driving in that traffic. Ah, well, what we do for our kids, right?

Don’t forget that Angela’s Holiday Hell contest is still going on – today’s prize includes a $25 ‘bookmark’ (gift certificate?) and books by Lauren Dane, Sloane McBride, Anne Whitfield, Alex Fleming and Brenda Novak as well as a few other items. And she’s got a very interesting question for you to answer in order to win – it had me chuckling and scratching my head at the same time. So pop on over.

And Marley Delarose has a a warning and some advice for PC owners – there’s a new antivirus virus going around that’s hitting PCs hard. The only way to get rid of it is to reformat your computer. Ouch.

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5 thoughts on “Christmas Factory explosion

  • December 8, 2008 at 6:44 am

    You are way ahead of me. I started decorating yesterday, then picked up a book, and it was all over. Yeah, I’m ADD like that. So I have some half-assed Hanukkah stuff up, and a big Christmas box sitting in the middle of my living room floor. It’ll all get done next week when we get our tree.

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I’m totally decorated, I have been since November 18th. I’m also totally done my Christmas shopping. I have been for two months. Okay, slap me now, but it worked out good since I was way too sick for the last month and half to attempt the mall.

    I went out today and passed Toys R Us, granted this is Monday at 9 a.m., the parking lot was FULL.

    LOL on the foil pie plate. I was going through Boo’s baby pictures (before we had a digital camera) and I have a picture of her with her foil pie plate. She loved to bang the crap out of it. LOL.

  • December 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    It’s nice that GG decided to stretch out the Christmas gizmos on his own. You know I saw a lot of guys out putting up decorations Saturday and they seemed like they were having a great time. Maybe it’s the December moon…

  • December 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I have to agree. Having to nag is bad. Initiative in a man is a good thing!
    Yikes, the last thing I need is another virus. 🙁

  • December 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    *head desk*

    … decorated… still have LOTS of shopping to do….

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