Merry Christmas from Sammy, Thora and I. If they would have just sat up like I asked…you wouldn’t be able to see that I have paint cans stored in my fireplace, and that my sideboard is in front of the fireplace. We had to do some rearranging to fit the chinchillas, who, by the way, don’t say Merry Christmas. They are too busy in their dust bath, where they have been for the past hour.
X (my husband) asked me yesterday what the title of my previous post meant and I think I was shocked. It’s a line from “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” All my titles come from song lyrics. I thought the last post was obvious given the time of year and how often that song is being played. Oh well.
Anyway, my implication in the choice of title is not that we need to spread all our money all over the place and take care of everyone, but the recession and bank bailouts are still pretty fresh in everyone’s mind. Sympathy runs low for people who (may or may not) have thousands of dollars to spend on a purse when other people are suffering tremendously. Is it unfair to tell someone what they should or shouldn’t do with their money? Sure, in theory. But many of these people came by their wealth in not so honest ways. We found out a lot of people lied about a lot of things where other’s livelihoods were at stake and their own personal ones only stood to gain wealth because of it.
Remember how after September 11th, people were just nicer for a while? Eventually people returned to their former ways because you can’t grieve forever. But the recession is still happening. And it’s not going anywhere just yet – at least not for most of us. Most of us are still under water. Hopefully 2011 is better for everyone, and maybe next year if we find the same Christmas List on the Metro North, it won’t be as much of a shock.
people spread joy in different ways. some give gifts to the needy, some smile at a stranger during the hectic holidays and some, like your genius brother, find a little list that brings us all back to reality. there is joy is getting a little reality check, no?
imma be real with you. if i did get all those things on the list, i would not turn it away. i would get naked and roll around in my bounty.
Hey, Merry Christmas to you and X and Sammy and Thora! (And those two reindeer, whoever they are, hahaha!)
I bustled all over D.C. in my red sequin Santa hat today, hacking and coughing my lungs out. God, I’m sick. I had my right ankle rammed by a grocery cart. I learned Tenleytown Whole Foods (and several other D.C. branches) no longer accept personal checks, and I gave the finger to a woman in Giant who cut me off. Merry Christmas. 🙂
Merry Christmas! The pupdeer are adorable.
I am a little surprised that X/Mr. Velvet didn’t know that line. The moment I read it, I couldn’t get that song out of my head. It’s one of the best modern Christmas songs, in my opinion. God bless Bob Geldof.
In thinking about that list, parts of me realizes that it half of it really wasn’t so bad, but a lot of it is just so…frivolous, especially with the multiple expensive purses.
My Christmas list was really short: nothing. I didn’t want anything. All that mattered was to be with my loved ones. But to the anonymous lady, I hope she got something off her list.
Merry Xmas! Completely adorable pups. I won’t post a pic of mine because then you would see the on-going construction that was supposed to be done last year, but, because of this non-recession and the non-job my husband has, is still mid construct.
It comes, it goes, and eventually things will turn around. Someday we will look back at this as the Good Ol’ Days because we were all young and in love and had time to spend with each other.
Or. Something like that.
My christmas list was super short. I wanted a baby. Instead I found out I can’t have any more. So… hard lesson in Being Happy With What You Have.
(OK, I also wanted to beat a banker, but really, that’s not just a Christmas wish. I’ll take that any time it’s offered. I may also over charge him. We’ll call it role reversal.)
Elizabeth – I would have to know that the person giving them didn’t stretch to buy them. If it put someone into debt to make me happy, I’d feel guilt. Actually, I’d feel guilt anyway. I wouldn’t know what to do with that stuff.
Cyndy – I had to take those antlers off real fast. They hated them.
Cube – Only you with that link!! I love that you gave some woman a finger. Bitch deserved it!
Siryn – Wait. Which parts of the list isn’t bad? The makeup maybe, and the earphones? I’m scared to ask!
Dead Cow Girl – Merry Christmas to you too! Love your comments on beating a banker. Beat one for all of us please. You call it role reversal, we’ll call it just desserts for the rest of us! Sorry about the baby thing. 🙁
The earphones, the bicycle, the spa gift like he gave last year. The makeup was kinda doable.
Stretching a bit, some of the jewelry. The pearl earrings, although overpriced, could be attained somewhere else for less and would be a reasonable gift. They woulldn’t be a huge deal. The 36″ strand, similar. It’s not as if she asked for tahitian or south sea pearls, those were freshwater pearls, iirc, and therefore not necessarily outrageous except for the fact that they are from Tiffany. Same with the diamonds by the yard necklace – it’s a little extravagant but not really offensive for a “dream” list – if you shop around and get it from somewhere else.
The list seems mostly okay until the purses show up. And then it just goes on and on! My bias shows up in that I am not a handbag person, and seeing four of them, most of them over $1k, on the list blows my mind. And the ugly orange Hermes blanket, blech.
Gawker calling it a “glorious document of craven materialism” frames it just right for me.