Sunday, November 27, 2005


Well the thanksgiving holiday is over and we've entered the time of year I like to call Intermezzo; the time in between thanksgiving and christmas. Its mostly a time of stress. Stress caused by buying gifts, sending cards, making plans, breaking plans, and remaking the same plans that you broke earlier in the week.

In order to avoid some of that stress I've decided to do all my shopping via amazon this year. My sister, in her infinite wisdom, has already arranged that her tribe make amazon wishlists. This works out splendidly for me because now I know what they want and I can just have it sent from amazon and I don't have to set foot in a store. I organized all of my sibs and their significant others to buy an iPod nano with an inscription for mom, so she's taken care of. My dad I can get virtually anything and he'll love it, he loves anything that his children give him especially if it is or related to food. Brother's and sisters, along with their legal spouses, were sent foodstuffs from the Collin Street Bakery. Nieces and nephews are a cinch. My brother's partner loves to read anything and I'll just get him a book. My brother on the other hand is notoriously specific. Last year when I asked what he wanted for Christmas he told me he needed this. Yes that is Tiffany sterling silver flatware. More on my brother and his home in another post.

I cannot extoll the virtues of the wishlist concept enough, and I'm not saying all this because I'm an amazon associates member. The list can be made on amazon and then you can purchase the items elsewhere, the point is you have an idea of what each person would like to recieve. Life can be made so much easier around the holidays if you just buy people the stuff that they really want. It saves you the stress of agonizing over the question: should I buy this mowhair tanktop for my sister (hi heather) or a book of smoothie recipes in which each recipe calls for exotic fruits that will cost a fortune to procure. Everyone loses either way. The wishlist concept also ensures that you will not have to force your family member or friend to go to the mall after the holidays are over to return unwanted items. Its a win-win situation; your recipient loves the gift, you feel great for giving them something they actually wanted, you will be at one with the gods of commerce and capitalism. Finally, the thing that I like the most about the wishlist is you get to browse all the stuff on amazon and click "add to wishlist" for the items you like. The sensation is similar to purchasing and its oh so enjoyable.

Which one of these albums would you give this holiday season?

Photo of Rove:AP/Charles Dharapak.


Blogger Spider said...

NOTHING like a Christmas album from a good Jewish girl who has a voice like an choir of angels...

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

damn, and I just removed the affiliate links from my blog. I should have told you to shop through my blog. I would have made commission off your shopping spree :)

Oh well, sounds like a good idea. I'm also doing more shopping online this year. I hate the crowds too.

Good ol' Streisand. What a great gift

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Dolittlemd said...

Well, well, well.

Nice to see you in cyberspace! Saw Nikki over the weekend and she passed me your blog addy. Tried to send a birthday card to the address I had but was returned to me. Email sweetie darling - I'd love to catch up!

12:11 PM  
Blogger CLL Canuck said...

OMG, I KNOW this will be the gayest thing ever posted on your blog; BUT I loooooove Bab's rendition of Jingle Bells! Truly, I don't own ANY Streisand and I tend not to tilt towards the showtunes genre, nor do I like pop Xmas carrols. But the hilarity of Jewish Babs doing a kitschy Xmas album is too good to ignore. I long for the day when she does the Channukah special. Or "Babs does Purim" CBS Television Special, with special guest appearances by Rosie O'Donnel, Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Roseanne! I get a little verklempt just dreaming about it.

1:26 PM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

I've whittled my list down to 8 recipeints this year. Each year it gets better as I say something like, "What if we just didn't give gifts and save ourself the stress?" If the person is over 40, they're likely to say, "What a great idea!" Of course if you love getting gifts, this is not something you want to do. Every year it gets easier! Plus, as you said, everything is available on the net so no more shopping centers! Yay.

Gonna have to go with the Streisand.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Hypoxic said...

I like the wish list concept because I'm simply not good at figuring out what people would want otherwise. And I'm definitely an on-line shopper (although the eye candy at the mall isn't bad either LOL)

5:52 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

I'm totally with you on wishlists. My family also tired of the stress of the holidays, so last year we each gave only one gift to each other. None of this "what does she want?" and "would he like this hat?" crap. One nice gift that you want is better than 4 or 5 so-so gifts that you aren't crazy about.

6:32 PM  
Blogger . said...

I am majorly stressed about Christmas...we are so broke and I am working partial weeks. Sigh...we will get through it I am sure. But It is not just about the presents...I keep reminding my kids of that!

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Happy Intermezzo 2005. -Kate

12:23 PM  

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