Tis the season to be thrifty

When celebrating the holidays this year, it’s important to remember that during these trying economic times, friends and family members need to pull together and give from the heart instead of the pocketbook. Use your imagination. Get creative.

Why don’t you have a white elephant dinner party with your friends instead of a traditional gift exchange? You might end up with a truly fabulous item. Much like the plethora of sheer genius gifts that stole the show of the gathering I attended last night.

Sure ornaments, bottles of wine and baked goods are lovely. But do they say, “I really put a lot of thought as I rummaged through my garage for the perfect gift” like a white elephant does? I don’t think so.

There were four hot items that made their way through several hands. Nancy Jane made a lamp out of popsicle sticks, painted them green and red and had her neighbor wire the masterpiece. The illumination from that red bulb was breathtaking. Another hit was the commemorative presidential plate featuring Obama. Luckily our friend Gardale included the official collector’s item certificate in the package. A slinky thong with rhinestones reading, “HO, HO, HO” made it’s way through several of the married men. But the true hit of the night was the toy parrot that actually spoke. A stuffed animal squawking, “pretty bird” is awesome by itself. But the fact that the parrot had a feature in which one can switch Polly’s interjections from sweet to uncensored…well that’s just fun for the entire family. Hearing Polly ask for an “f-ing” cracker is hilarious. Even if you didn’t have a glass of wine.

‘Tis the season people. Dig deep. Pull from your natural gifts and extend that love to your family and friends this year. If all else fails, do what Drake the apartment cat did to me this morning:

Nothing says HAPPY HOLIDAYS like the head, tail and small intestine of a ginormous rat on your door mat.

Merry Christmas IHGB readers! And God bless us every one.

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December 23, 2008 3:01 pm

Oh the humanity!!! Drake must really love you!

December 23, 2008 4:08 pm

Oh my god… I love that cat. And he obviously adores you!

December 23, 2008 5:20 pm

Gotta love Drake the Apartment Cat huh? Merry Christmas!! 🙂

December 23, 2008 5:37 pm

Oh man that is awesome. And sooo gross. I’m with Cheekymonkey. Drake adores the ground you walk! Merry Christmas, Drake!

December 23, 2008 8:37 pm

Woah Lincee…that is gross! I’m not even going to blow that up for a “closer look”. Ick! Merry Christmas my dear. See you sooon!!

Julie P
Julie P
December 23, 2008 9:07 pm

Oh my gosh — Hilarious… ALL of it!

December 24, 2008 2:59 am

Wow… the kitty is definitely trying to impress you, LIncee… maybe he’s vying for a new cat nip toy for Christmas? Speaking of, I hope you have a great one!

December 24, 2008 11:00 am

Good idea Tamara, don’t blow up the pic. I made that mistake and just threw up. Merry Christmas to all!!

December 24, 2008 4:24 pm

I just threw up inside my mouth – yuck!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

Laurie on the Prairie
December 25, 2008 4:40 pm

Whoa. I think I might have bad dreams after seeing that. Have that glass of wine. Yuck! And Merry Christmas from a devoted fan.

December 25, 2008 11:24 pm

So much love in that eviscerated rat. That is sooooo disgusting.

Merry Christmas from a longtime fan!

December 26, 2008 12:27 pm

That cat LOVES you!!! Merry Christmas and thanks for all of the laughs I’ve had since finding your site. Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!

December 30, 2008 11:31 am

I just love that Drake! Merry (belated) Christmas, Lincee!

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