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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