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Last Christmas before the depression, so I'm going out with a bang
November 26th 2008, 18:28 CET by Chunkstyle

Christmas is here again, so put your Santa hats on and have some fucking cheer.  This may be the last one we get before a complete global meltdown, so what kind of stuff will you be buying and asking for?  Guns?  Ammo?  Fallout 3, to educate yourself on the coming world?

Or will you just have a good old-fashioned Christmas?  Food, fun, family, lots of cool presents?  What's on your Christmas list?  What will you be giving?  Will Chunkstyle run out of question marks and have to switch to semi-colons?
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#1 by CheesyPoof
2008-11-26 18:50:40
Chunkstyle will never run out of question marks.

Unleash the Santa hats! Unless you're a lazy fuck that leaves it on all year.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#2 by LPMiller
2008-11-26 18:54:27
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Bah, I can't find my santa hat erg.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" - "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."

"LP, your big balls are a religion." - Jibble
#3 by Greg
2008-11-26 19:01:00
I voted no.

#4 by Wudi
2008-11-26 19:02:21
Sammy wears a yamaka..i think

Zep--

Tom Chick is a hypocritical cunt.
#5 by Ergo
2008-11-26 19:05:11
I'll unleash a santa hat on Friday.

"Oh,  I don't believe in hypothetical situations, Mr. Donaghy. That's like lying to your brain." --Kenneth
#6 by Caryn
2008-11-26 19:10:19
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
There's this thing that King County is promoting called Waste-Free Holidays, and it's a concept I really like that I'd love to get behind this year. A bunch of places that offer things like classes or "experiences" (like symphony tickets or things like that -- the dance studio I'm involved with is participating) are giving discounts on gift certificates for Christmas, with the idea that it's better to give something that doesn't clutter your house. This is an idea I've been using for birthdays and other events this year and I really love it -- when a friend recently had a baby, instead of buying them gifts I made them about a week's worth of comfort food that they could easily reheat and freeze so that they wouldn't have to worry about making meals while they were adjusting to the new baby.

Having to really pull my belt tight this year because of having a house on the market in another state has really changed my relationship with money and actual things, and while I still, of course, have a lot of things I still want I find I really like the idea of giving experiences or charitable donations or things that you have to dust or things that you might hate but are forced to wear or display whenever the giver is around so that they don't think you hated their gift even though you really do.

That said, when it comes to the few actual things I'd love to get it's all belly dance-related. I'm still trying to build up my costume wardrobe so that I have a variety of things to interchange (at nearly every event there are pictures and video footage of us and I don't want every one of them to look exactly the same). Even though I have four skirts there's one 25-yard skirt in bright blue I'm kind of dying to get, and I really want a long-sleeved dark velvet choli top, and maybe another lace choli top. I also don't have very many rings so my hands usually look pretty bare and would love to get some more of those, as well as a couple more sets of big Kuchi- or Turkoman-style hoop earrings.

Since I'm still paying for my house in Wisconsin I'm being frugal with gifts this year. Fortunately I'm pretty good at making stuff the people in my family like, so I'll probably go that route when I can't do something like the Waste-Free Holiday thing. I'll be making some jewelry for my sister and stepsister and possibly my stepmom as well. The only person I don't know what to do about is my dad, he's so hard to buy for. He loves rock music-related collectibles so I'm hoping I can find something unique there.

#7 by Ergo
2008-11-26 19:17:04
We're strongly contemplating not buying or receiving gifts this year. Instead, we're thinking of telling people to make donations to the Food Bank instead of giving us something. We don't need pointless crap, and there are a lot of people out there that need help.

"Oh,  I don't believe in hypothetical situations, Mr. Donaghy. That's like lying to your brain." --Kenneth
#8 by Chunkstyle
2008-11-26 19:21:46
I'd still like a Wii.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#9 by Caryn
2008-11-26 19:28:35
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
We're strongly contemplating not buying or receiving gifts this year. Instead, we're thinking of telling people to make donations to the Food Bank instead of giving us something. We don't need pointless crap, and there are a lot of people out there that need help.

I've been trying to figure out the last couple of years how best to start this kind of tradition. Because inevitably what will happen is that someone gives you a material gift anyway despite the "rules" youve set out, and then you're forced into a kind of Mutually Assured Gift Giving scenario and then you've given or received charitable donations and gifts, which means you still got pointless crap and still ended up spending money on pointless crap.

#10 by Jamie
2008-11-26 19:30:42
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
I refuse to don the santa hat until Friday. I have my principles!

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"It was a little hard to tell how bad I was bleeding on account of the salsa" -- Jibble
#11 by CheesyPoof
2008-11-26 19:35:18
It's Thanksgiving day in Guam. The hats come out!

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#12 by Jamie
2008-11-26 19:36:28
jamie@jmadigan.net http://www.jmadigan.net
And having kids makes gift giving and receiving more complicated. Our house is literally overflowing with toys for my 2 girls, so I've been pushing people to give them "experiences" or other things that don't take up space and create much waste. Stuff like subscriptions to kids' magazines (Highlights and Thomas the Tank Engine are favorites), swim lessons, membership to the science museum and other kid venues, etc. That and books. I don't mind books. But please, nobody buy them another fricking stuffed animal. If you do, one of the existing animals will be slaughtered to make room.

Seems like a good idea to extend to adults, too.

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"It was a little hard to tell how bad I was bleeding on account of the salsa" -- Jibble
#13 by Ergo
2008-11-26 19:40:53
Well, I don't mind buying stuff for kids, since that's just plain fun. I mean, really, the holiday is pretty much geared toward kids, anyway.

"Oh,  I don't believe in hypothetical situations, Mr. Donaghy. That's like lying to your brain." --Kenneth
#14 by Caryn
2008-11-26 19:41:23
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Oooh, you guys have just inspired me...my sister took a couple of classes of belly dance a while back but stopped because it was too spendy. Now that I'm teaching a full 6-week beginner series, maybe her Christmas gift will be to teach her and a friend the 6-week series for free. No cost to me except for my time, creates no waste, and is something she'd likely enjoy. Woot!

#15 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 19:43:06
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I told family and friends to stop getting me gifts... It hasn't worked with everyone, but it has with most*. My wife and I exchange gifts (buy things together for each other), but why I do I want/need anyone else to do that? Christmas is for the kids, lets get them a bit, but not too much and just hang out together and have a good time.

I don't buy into the we have to buy this for that person or do this or that. We (my wife does of course) make fudge for people, send it out as gifts and don't ask for anything in return. It's fun, it's a great fudge and people don't have to feel obligated about things unless they want to. :)

I've also quit mentioning my birthday to people. People always feel obligated to buy things or do something for it... it's just another day. I'll make it special for me in my own way and you keep your money. I sense a big win for both of us.


*My mom can't manage with this plan most years. :p

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#16 by CheesyPoof
2008-11-26 19:45:04
#12 by Jamie
But please, nobody buy them another fricking stuffed animal. If you do, one of the existing animals will be slaughtered to make room.

Make the kids dig a hole first and then force them to watch you kill it, it'll be good for them in the long run.

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#17 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 20:08:27
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
rofl

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#18 by jjohnsen
2008-11-26 20:39:05
http://www.johnsenclan.com
#7 by Ergo
We don't need pointless crap, and there are a lot of people out there that need help.

There sure are, some of us still need 360s.

#12 by Jamie
And having kids makes gift giving and receiving more complicated. Our house is literally overflowing with toys for my 2 girls, so I've been pushing people to give them "experiences" or other things that don't take up space and create much waste. Stuff like subscriptions to kids' magazines (Highlights and Thomas the Tank Engine are favorites), swim lessons, membership to the science museum and other kid venues, etc. That and books. I don't mind books. But please, nobody buy them another fricking stuffed animal. If you do, one of the existing animals will be slaughtered to make room.

Seems like a good idea to extend to adults, too.

We told everyone gifts for our kids should come in the form of books, gift certificates or clothes this year.  We have piles of toys they never play with, we don't need more.  My wife and I probably aren't going to do anything, we don't have a lot to spend this year and I'd rather get stuff for the kids and give to our sub-for-Santa with what we do have.  Maybe I'll trade in our Wii Fit for a game.  MY kid and wife lost interest, and I prefer plain old treadmill.

#19 by Shadarr
2008-11-26 20:41:01
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
This year I think we're going to do a $100 cap.  Even that has been a fight with my brother (the one who bought a Lexus).  No way would a waste-free Christmas fly.  My dad doesn't celebrate Christmas at all, which is nice.  Previously my ex and I had various agreements to only get each other a book or DVD or something, and invarably one or both of us would completely ignore that.  One year I got her a $300 coat and she got me an XBox.

Most of the stuff I really want isn't available locally, like a second strobist kit from Midwest Photo Exchange or a set of wireless triggers.  I'm gonna try the music stores to see if they have cymbals that will work with the Ion.


Caryn (#6):
Having to really pull my belt tight this year because of having a house on the market in another state has really changed my relationship with money and actual things

Oh man, that really sucks.  Can you rent it out?

Witnesses in the house heard Jones say "why did you pee on me Pooh Bear?" A few moments later, the witness heard the son say "Mama you done stabbed me."
#20 by CheesyPoof
2008-11-26 21:02:30
#19 by Shadarr

Previously my ex and I had various agreements ...

Ex? Didn't you guys just move in together (Vegas crapmeet girl?)?

<Hugin_len> Basically, cheesy doesn't have awful taste in music, he's simply very white.
#21 by G-Man
2008-11-26 21:03:26
Shadarr when did you and your girlfriend break up? Weren't you guys together for a long time? Was there a series of posts I missed, or did IRC get all the fun?
#22 by G-Man
2008-11-26 21:04:10
Hah! I'm not the only one!
#23 by Caryn
2008-11-26 21:08:03
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Oh man, that really sucks.  Can you rent it out?

Just this week I sold it on a land contract, for numerous lengthy reasons I won't go into. So it's "sold", so to speak, but because of the way the contract is set up I'll still be paying a piece of the mortgage for the next three years, until it's sold outright.

#24 by m0nty
2008-11-26 21:24:13
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Matt Perkins (#15):
I've also quit mentioning my birthday to people.

You just mentioned it to us, hippie.
#25 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 21:28:09
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Do you know my bday? I'm doubting it.

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#26 by lwf
2008-11-26 21:34:12
July 2nd? You seem to mention it almost every year...

Thanks again crapsifter.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#27 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 21:54:00
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Nope, not the 2nd.

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#28 by lwf
2008-11-26 21:56:55
1st then. Whatever!

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#29 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 21:58:52
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Nope

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#30 by lwf
2008-11-26 22:01:25
Now you're just lying.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#31 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 22:02:41
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Nope

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#32 by lwf
2008-11-26 22:07:35
You lied in July then. Or you live in some kind of timezone on the moon. Doesn't matter. The point is that you almost always tell us when it's your birthday.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#33 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 22:09:21
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I'm just fucking with you. Of course I tell you guys when it's my birthday, jackass. Which one of you is going to buy me a present? Exactly. Perfectly safe to complain about how old I am and no one here will think I need presents because of it.

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#34 by Tom Chick
2008-11-26 22:11:08
Not again guys.
Why can't I move ?!!???!?1
#35 by lwf
2008-11-26 22:11:54
Heh.. Good, because I was just about to dismantle your whole case.

Handsome like a coat hanger. Wii.
#36 by bishop
2008-11-26 22:16:28
http://www.darkintel.org/00FF00/
Some day I might put a santa hat on the physical mailbox, although it's a different mailbox now.
#37 by Jibble
2008-11-26 22:28:47
I told my parents to give a sheep or a llama or something equal to what they would have spent on us. We'll see if that actually works, or if they do that and still get us stuff.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 190 lbs.  10 to go.
#38 by Shadarr
2008-11-26 22:34:01
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
CheesyPoof (#20):
#19 by Shadarr

Previously my ex and I had various agreements ...

Ex? Didn't you guys just move in together (Vegas crapmeet girl?)?

Yes, we moved in together in February.  Broke up in late September.  Dated for 13 years.  I may have only mentioned it in IRC previously.

I expect we'll be friends again sometime in the future, because we do get along well.  Living together just highlighted the problems that were always there, but were masked by only seeing each other every other weekend.

In brighter blog news, I just (as in yesterday) reconnected with a friend from my college newspaper days who I haven't seen in over a year, who also broke up with her longtime girlfriend ("only" five years) and it turns out we have even more in common than we previously knew.  She has a Gamecube.  She may even join my church choir.

Witnesses in the house heard Jones say "why did you pee on me Pooh Bear?" A few moments later, the witness heard the son say "Mama you done stabbed me."
#39 by Shadarr
2008-11-26 22:35:44
shadarr@gmail.com http://digital-luddite.com
bishop (#36):
Some day I might put a santa hat on the physical mailbox, although it's a different mailbox now.

I'm not surprise you can't find the original mailbox.

Witnesses in the house heard Jones say "why did you pee on me Pooh Bear?" A few moments later, the witness heard the son say "Mama you done stabbed me."
#40 by Caryn
2008-11-26 22:41:46
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
I totally want to step up to the plate and just buy gifts for people like Heifer gifts, but I have this feeling of dread that they'll open up the card and their smile will fade as they realize they didn't actually get anything for Christmas. Not that my family is a bunch of selfish bastards, but it's just that when it's not actually expected I'm sure it's a different kind of feeling. But I don't know.

#41 by Gunp01nt
2008-11-26 22:45:30
supersimon33@hotmail.com
I already bought me my own Christmas gift: a return ticket to Hong Kong for May 4th next year.

"Wow I didn't expect it to be good. I mean no offense, but you're a bald headed punk rocker in bifocals and Genghis Khan mustache and the band sounds like Benny Goodman on crosstops with Alvin from the chipmunks on vocals..... I'll take one"
#42 by TreeFrog
2008-11-26 22:46:42
Ha! Star Wars day.

Moat.
#43 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 22:48:15
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I got lucky I guess. I grew up with my Dad fighting EVERYONE on both my Mom and my Dad's side to stop the christmas bullshit. He outlawed it at his house for most of my childhood. And talked with us about and the commercialism and crap that goes with it, etc.

So now, I can just blow it off and I'm one of his kids and it's all cool. He fought the good fight so I don't have to... :D

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#44 by TreeFrog
2008-11-26 22:51:40
Your childhood must have been a barrel of laughs.

Moat.
#45 by Jibble
2008-11-26 22:53:48
Caryn, we have the same difficulty. I don't feel comfortable doing it unless someone's asked me to do it. I suppose over a few years you could sort of wean people into it. Give them a share of something small one year plus a big gift, then a share of something larger plus a smaller gift...if they warm to it then you just shift it over to full-on charity gifts. We have a friend whose family is pretty wealthy, and each year they receive the largest-scale gifts from Heifer from their parents and give smaller charity gifts to each other based on their own choices.

Max is flush with toys right now since he had his birthday, and I wish I could get people to just give books or clothes or maybe some savings bonds or a couple bucks for us to toss into his savings account. I don't mind the toys so much, but he gets a lot of them that he loves at first and then loses interest in after about a week.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 190 lbs.  10 to go.
#46 by Matt Perkins
2008-11-26 22:55:37
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
My childhood was filled with MUCH laughing...but not really at the same things most others did.

Like most people tell their kids santa is real and delivers presents. Well, my Dad didn't deny his realness, but suggested we shoot him down and take all of the presents for ourselves. We had a lot of fun with that one.

Of course, my brother is still confused as to do what to this day... "I was never sure if it was a good idea or not. I mean, on the one hand, any present we could desire was in Santa's sack. On the other hand, all of those other kids wouldn't get their presents. It was a tough call." :)

"some of those words want to be other words." - LP
"the concept that a happy worker is a productive worker is hardly an entry from Matt's Big Book Of Things The Fairies Said." - Dum
#47 by Caryn
2008-11-26 22:56:16
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
So I did a quick search on things that are similar to Heifer.org, and in the search turned up this post, which led me to this ratings page on Charity Navigator.

Hrrm. I wonder if there are charities out there with a similar type of gift giving that do a better job of it than Heifer?

#48 by TreeFrog
2008-11-26 23:02:02
Matt Perkins (#46):
On the other hand, all of those other kids wouldn't get their presents. It was a tough call." :)

Well, at least you were charitable about it. :)

Moat.
#49 by Caryn
2008-11-26 23:02:02
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Although I guess three out of four stars is okay.

#50 by TreeFrog
2008-11-26 23:05:11
That's an awesome site, Caryn. There are tales over here of Guide Dogs for the Blind having more money than they could possibly spend, because while the general public think guide doggies are soooooo cute omg in fact there's not that many blind people who need/can use them. But they don't tell anyone that.

Moat.
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