RHYS: I don't know about you, but I always feel bit down after the holidays. We had a house full for Christmas, then my kids went their separate ways and I was left with a mountain of laundry, a fridge full of unidentifiable leftovers and various items of clothing under beds left by various grandchildren.
Also it's been a tough time recently as several close friends are battling major health problems. When we reach a certain age we realize that we are not immortal and worse still, our loved ones are not immortal. So today I felt we needed a bit of frivolity. Every year I browse the catalogs to find the most ridiculous items. And this year was especially full of items I did NOT want for Christmas:
At the top of the list was this hippe sofa. Made a handcrafted leather and a mere $90,000. Who in the world wants a sofa that looks like a hippopotamus ? It also looks distinctly uncomfortable. So thank you, dear family, for not treating me to this. If I had that sort of money to play with, I could think of better things to spend it on!
Next is the 8 foot high inflatable Olaf from Frozen. I am not a big fan of outdoor ornaments, although a couple of lighted deer on the lawn can look tasteful and in keeping with the season. But an eight foot inflatable Disney character? Uh--no thank you.
Drones were a big item this year, but drone mistletoe? Can you imagine being at a party and having to duck rather than having your head cut off each time it flies over?
I was tempted by the $9,000 rocking zebra...
Who thinks of these things? And more to the point, who buys them?
I have to confess that there was one novelty that I really loved this year. My friends held a surprise birthday party for me at a restaurant and the centerpiece of the cake was a plastic tulip. And when it was lit it sent out a rocket that almost caught the ceiling on fire, then opened into a merry-go-round of revolving candles while playing "Happy Birthday to You." Such a surprise and made everyone laugh for ages.
So please share: did you see any gifts this year that you were glad you didn't get? Did you GET any gifts this year you wish you hadn't?
p.s. I like fruitcake, especially the traditional English moist Christmas cake. Yum.