Giving a Grown Man a Knitting Doll for Christmas

It might sound weird that my brother, 29, would give me, a 30 year old male, a knitting doll for Christmas, but its actually one of coolest gifts I’ve ever received.

Me and my brother spent a lot of time with our grandparents growing up, in particular my grandma, who is German. Our grandma introduced us to many of the things she grew up with in Germany – things like scary fairy tales (look up Struwwelpeter and you’ll see what I mean), Mensch ärgere Dich nicht (board game), and of course the Strickliesel (knitting doll).

I had completely forgotten about the Strickliesel! What a surprise it was to see one again. It’s so awesome to be taken back to such wonderful times with my brother and my grandparents. I really do cherish these memories. My Grandma seemed surprised to see one again too. She couldn’t believe my brother found it at World Market. I love that place 😉

Can you think of any toys that take you back to your childhood? Please do share in the comments.

The Bad Gifts of Christmas

I’m sure at least a few of you received a present this Christmas that you would consider a “bad gift.” No matter how much I deny it, I probably gave out one of those bad presents to someone in my family. I try to give good gifts, but I just don’t think I’m great at picking things out and what I consider fun is probably junk to everyone else.

If you want to see what other bad gifts people got for Christmas, check out the Bad Gift Emporium. You’ll find all kinds of funny stuff and if you see something so bad that you want it, some of them are up for sale by their owners. If you got something bad, you can upload it to the site and sell it too.

I think funny, cheesy stuff would be great to get for Christmas, even if I never plan on using it, but it would really suck to get something decorative for your home if it’s tacky. Would you be forced to keeping it and putting it up whenever the person who gave it to you stops by? I’m a jerk, so I’d just stick it in a box in the basement.

What I Got For Christmas 2009

I had a really good Christmas this year. First, I got a ton of goodies from my aunt and uncle in Seattle. They sent me all kinds of things. As you can see, they think I’m an alcoholic, because they sent me a ton of alcohol.

I got a bottle of Spire Mountain Draft Cider, a bottle of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and some shooters of Finlandia, Goldschlager, and Courvoisier cognac.

They also sent us some chocolates and other candies, some Seattle candy bars, a star-shaped candle, a box of smoked salmon (I hate fish, but I’ll try it anyway), vodka chocolates, and a bunch of little cookies. I had to put all the cookies in zip-lock bags because I accidentally ripped the original bags all apart trying to get the cookies out.

From my brother I got the first season of Dragonball, which is anime if you’ve never heard of it. We actually used to watch Dragon Ball Z about 10 years ago when we were young. A couple months ago I decided to start collecting the nine seasons of Dragon Ball Z and he thought I’d like to watch the first version of the show called Dragonball (minus the “Z”). I can’t wait to watch it!

My Grandparents, my Mom and Stepdad all gave us money, so that should help us out a lot with things around the house. My Aunt and Uncle gave us a gift card to Lowe’s hardware store so now we can finally get that faucet we’ve been wanting to put in the kitchen.

And the grand finale of gifts that I got this year is the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine I got from Michelle.

I actually have a George Foreman grill that I bought about six or seven years ago that I love, but it’s a really tiny one as you can see from these pictures.

My old George Foreman grill is one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen. I love that I can quickly grill up a hamburger, steak, hotdog or bratwurst in my kitchen without having to go outside and fire up the grill. Especially since I don’t even have a grill yet.

The best part about this new George Foreman grill is that I can actually cook a full meal on it at one time, unlike the old one where I had to cut my hamburger in half just to fit it on there. And with this one, the grill plates come off so I can wash them easily in the sink or just stick them in the dishwasher.

Oh and at the end of the night, Michelle came back from her parents house with some Snuggies 🙂 These have to be the most popular presents this year.

I hope you had a great Christmas like I did this year. Happy holidays!

“Hello- Santa?”

Remember all the hoopla surrounding Santa Clause when you were just wee high? All the excitement knowing that Santa was coming down your chimney to place your favorite, most asked for gift under the tree… Ahh, those were the good times, huh?

Thanks to the Tel Santa Service, your child can experience that on a whole new level. Your little one can call Santa and leave a message on his voicemail telling him exactly what they want. Then the service will email you (the parent) with the recording of their message so you know exactly what to get them for Christmas.

Brighten any child’s day…

Happy holidays!

And here you can find not one, not two, but three messages left from Alex’s little sister to Santa…

Laura asks Santa1

Laura asks Santa2

Laura asks Santa3

Have Your Packages Wrapped Unprofessionally Professionally

CrapWrap Wrapping Service

Does that headline make any sense? Anyway, Firebox.com has come up with a weird idea that actually seems to be taking off. If you order a gift from their website, you have the choice to order their new CrapWrap service, which makes your package appear as if it were wrapped by a 6 year old.

They basically wrap it up poorly, folded in all different directions and taped up with brown packaging tape. You can get this for 3.95 EUR or about 5.50 USD or you can order it and wrap it like crap all by yourself.

Your favorite Christmas toy

As we get older, sometimes the holiday season can loose the magic it once had. We get too caught up in the finances and stress that’s involved with the season (at least it becomes involved when you’re an adult. Children just can’t wait to get their toys…)

But if we can just take a moment and look back to how we once saw Christmas; what we believed in, maybe that can bring some of the magic back…

What was one toy that you remember getting for Christmas as a kid that just made your eyes light up? That you were so damn excited when you were unwrapping that last gift… I encourage you to leave your answer in the comments. It will be interesting to see all the different toys that we adored when we were in the single digits…

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

Here’s a recipe a family member of mine shared with me that I know you’ll love as much as I do.

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 2 cups of dried fruit
  • 1 bottle Jose Cuervo tequila

First, sample the Cuervo to check quality. Then get a large bowl, check the Cuervo again to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer; beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK, try another cup….just in casze.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the friggin fruit off the floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink….whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl out, finish the Jose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.