happy Sunday

Happy Day After Christmas, everyone!

I thought we’d deviate just a tad from our usual Happy Sunday routine to share our Christmas happiness this week.

What did you get for Christmas?  Give for Christmas?  Do for Christmas?

I have to admit, I haven’t done much.  Yes, I enjoyed—& am enjoying—my holiday, but I’ve also got some line edits & a book due, so I’m working, too.

I am happy to have my brother home for a visit, since I haven’t seen him in…gosh, three, maybe five years. :stinky   We got into one spat early on, but thankfully, it passed quickly.  Besides, you know what Donkey says in Shrek the Halls:  “Oh, Christmas is all about big fights. My mama used to say, ‘Christmas ain’t Christmas till somebody cries!” :beerlaugh

I am also having so much fun re-watching my favorite holiday movies, specials, and television shows.  I’m positively overdosing on Scrooged, Elf, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, & holiday episodes of My Name is Earl, Two and a Half Men, Family Guy, etc.

As for gifts, I gave Madame Mommy Dearest some fun stuff this year.  Thanks to our very own Darling Pam, I was able to catch up her presidential $1 coins collection with the Denver Mint version—as opposed to the Philadelphia Mint ones, which are the only kind we can get around here.  See, MMD has these booklets she’s trying to fill where you include one of each president coin for each of the different mints & they’ve been a little lopsided.  But Darling Pam solved that dilemma for her, & she was absolutely thrilled!  Thank you again, Pam! :notworthy

Also gave her a very pretty Starbucks travel mug, a gift certificate for her favorite hair salon, a gift certificate for her favorite winery (yes, it’s true; I’m the gift certificate queen.  Especially when I’m drawing a blank on other gift ideas. :gotcha ), & a set of those fingerless gloves where a mitten flap comes up to cover them when you don’t need to be all dexterous. LOL  Six pair—can you believe it!

She got me a couple of very nice Classic Pooh items for what I like to call my Hope Attic.  (This is what you use to store all your priceless & sentimental possessions when a simple chest at the foot of the bed just ain’t big enough to hold them all anymore. :goofangel )  A serving tray & set of cookie presses.  They will never be used, but they’re gorgeous & I love them!  Also a fabulous Vampirology book & really cute “Bite Me” bracelet (complete with vampire fangs, of course :dracuulla ), a cat treat cook book, & an adorable Chococat cereal bowl.

Oh, & my wonderful neighbor/friend extraordinaire totally outdid herself this year.  For the record, she never, ever has to get me anything.  We’ve never exactly agreed to do the whole gift exchange thing, & yet every year we seem to tell each other, “Oh, I’ve got a little something for you.”  I like to find cute & unique mouse stuff to add to her collection, &…well, she knows I like cats. :kitty   This year, though, she filled a ginormous basket with all manner of holiday goodness.  A vampire wallet (which is awesome times a thousand), a leopard print scarf & glove set, a set of fruity martini (my favorite!) mixes, & kitty cat stuff galore.  Even some goodies for my cats!  She is just too good to me, & I have a feeling I should start planning her Christmas gift for next year immediately.

Then…okay, I admit it, I was way more generous with myself this year than anyone else.  It wasn’t intentional, though; mostly it just sort of happened because I stumbled across some really good deals on things I’ve been wanting, anyway.  (If I’d found them in June, I’d have bought them in June, y’know?)  And continuing my personal trend of having “theme” years—one year I seem to get all manner of shower gels; another it will be all books; another it will be all CDs/iTunes; another it will be…well, you get the idea.  This year, it’s DVDs.  I completely stocked my collection with all four seasons of My Name is Earl, the complete series of Numb3rs, the complete series of Monk, both seasons of the sadly short-lived Pushing Daisies, then took advantage of a really good Columbia House offer to get The Tooth Fairy, Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, & Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.  (And all I have to do is buy 19 more DVDs at the regular club price in the next three years, plus sign over my firstborn child. *snicker*)  I told you—it was DVDapalooza.  But next year, it will probably be something really boring, like my weight in tea bags or hand cream. LOL

And that’s about it for me.  He he.  Like it isn’t enough, right? :angel

So how about you?  What did you give, get, & do for  Christmas this year? :xmastree


And let’s not forget to announce our latest Free Book Friday winner:

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Congratulations, Lissa! Please contact me with your full name & mailing address, & I will get your autographed copy of THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS out to you.

And for everyone else, you know the drill…  More wonderful Free Book Friday giveaways to come!


8 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Laura J says:

    Happy Boxing Day!!!! That’s for all of us…those that celebrate the actual Boxing Day and those of us that are cleaning up all the boxes from the day before.

    I had a great day (okay actually 2 days since I pretty much have birthday and Christmas all lumped in together)! Lots of nice things. More knitting needles and some gorgeous yarn that will work into a beautiful ruffled scarf, clothes, and an Elf of the Shelf (I collect elves and can’t believe I haven’t gotten one before now–of course I did actually have to tell my mom I *wanted* one).

    I also buy stuff for me…the better to give than to receive, it’s the best of both worlds! I had a gift certificate to Best Buy from my bosses at work to Best Buy so I got myself the nifty little bluetooth keyboard to go with my iPad (which was my Christmas present that I’ve had for awhile- like since April/May *g*).

    Overall it was a good Christmas. White even (and while I don’t care for snow in any amounts, this wasn’t so bad since it only stuck to the grassy areas and it did make for a nice picture of my kids).

    Hope you all had a good day too!

  2. Laura J says:

    Congrats Lissa!

    Heidi–how was momma D’s cruise? Is she ready to go again and treat you to one too?!?!

    • Heidi says:

      MMD had a great time! The weather was a little rough, so they weren’t able to stop at two ports they’d had planned, but she still enjoyed herself. Boycotted the events that offered to let folks ride a camel & swim with dolphins because they’re so very harmful & cruel to the animals (looooong list of Very Bad Things involved in those :mad ) but I was so proud that she actually enlightened a few people on the cruise who simply didn’t realize how awful those “fun” things really are for the animals.

      She only got seasick one day & got to visit Mayan ruins, which is something she’s wanted to do for about a zillion years. :thumbsup

  3. mary k says:

    This year I made everyone cookies. You should have seen the looks on their faces when I brought out big tins full of cookies. Each person got 3 dozen cookies. Chocolate Oatmeal, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter. All homemade. All together I made 17 dozen cookies this year.

    I gave my daughter gift certificates so she could pick out what she wanted.

    I got some gift certificates and already spent most of them online. I still have to go take a look at the Fire Mountain Gems site and pick some beads out so I can make some more jewelry. I love getting gift cert. to them.

    I also got an amethyst bracelet from my mother. When ever she buys me jerelry it’s always my birthstone. 🙂

    I got 2 pairs of earrings, picture frame, and an assortment of shower gels and calgon perfume sprays. Gosh those smell so good.

    With my gift cards I bought a flaming skull coffee mug, 6 books, chocolate truffles, head bands and accessories and a few other things.

    We had a great christmas this year.

  4. Heidi says:

    I’m so happy to hear everyone’s having a wonderful Christmas so far. Yes, I say “so far” because we all know the holiday spirit linger straight through the New Year. :party

    Love to hear what you got…& what you gave, so keep the posts coming! :biggestgrin

  5. Jodi says:

    I got some clothes, a glee cd (madonna episode) a heated ice scraper gee can you tell it was bought by a man thanks dad :dog oh yes and I bought myself the third movie from Stephanie Meyer. We had prime rib for dinner yum. I’ve never read your books before and was hoping to win a book. If you have another contest would love to read some.

  6. Hollie says:

    well I for one am so glad its over!! I had a great eve and Day of Christmas!! Planning on ripping down the tree tomorrow~ :xmastree
    I got the season 2 of Castle,The Sorcerers apprentice DVD,The Austin Powers Trilogy, Lotions,and socks, a beeeutiful white sapphire ring from DH.(it stands for dear husband today) :Bigthumbs and $50.00. plus some other stuff.
    I Gave cookies,christmas light potholders/dish cloths,fleece shawls with crocheted collars,and knitted bathmitts with body wash.
    My kids got the motherlode of goodies…IPOD alarm clocks,wii games,nintendo ds games, and Lib got a ready,set,go grill!! so she has been cooking up a storm with it! and we all know that it is sooo good for me!! :Bigthumbs
    Glad that everyone had good days!!

  7. Pamela Cayne says:

    Only the best for Mommie Dearest–glad she enjoyed her present of rich and powerful men!

    And as long as I have Christmas candy around the house, it’s still the holidays!!! :xmastree

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