Monday, December 25, 2006

A Secular Zombie Christmas

Allison reminded me about the joys of newsprint. Back when I was a starving student I used coloured comics to wrap presents, and when I was a new mom, I scored 4 endrolls of blank newsprint that lasted about 10 years. I used it as plain paper wrap, or embellished it with pear or handprint stencils. When you have a toddler in the house, you might as well put her to good use.
Over the years, we got away from the newsprint wrapping, but then after Allison mentioned it, I thought it was time to resurrect the practice. I particularly liked her idea of tailoring the newspaper section to the person to whom the gift is addressed.
Jerry took it to a whole new level, by circling certain words in the ads to give hints about the contents.
This is a tradition I plan on maintaining.

- this cat wants to get the party started.

The cookies were good, but these were the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. I found them at the fancy-assed cheese shop in Willow Park.

Sputnik sure looks thrilled that Eva got a bass for Christmas. Or perhaps it's the huge rib-crushing bear-hug that she is so thrilled about. You know she's going to want to check out that box, though.

- argueably the most successful cat present we have ever found.

The little mouse inside runs around on a circuit and absolutely drives the cat bat-shit crazy!

- Hope your Christmas was messy and filling and lazy -


Allison said...

"Jerry took it to a whole new level, by circling certain words in the ads to give hints about the contents"...that is GENIUS!!!! Since we haven't done Christmas yet, I'm stealing that idea. Brilliant, brilliant. Much thanks to him.
Eva got a Bass, how lucky! I don't know any girl bass players, will you warn her about the perils on the eye glaze? May she subvert the norm. Rock on.
Anything with 'garlic and cheese' in its name HAS to be good. Its the law.
Reading of everyones adventures makes me feel all Christmassy, even though its not xmas here, and 30 Lazy evening wishes to you :)

Anonymous said...

lulz at the cat's lazor eyez

Jas Bhambra said...

Merry Christmas to you all, Barb.

I love sputnik's present! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Of course, you must use that idea, Allison, you got the whole newsprint thing started in the first place.
You know what, Eva will be the ultimate bass player, I think. She specializes in the eye glaze. She will take the spaced out bass player to a whole new degree.
30 degrees - that's just wrong! Unless you are on the beach or something.

I know, Anony! I think that cat is actually Dr Who or something.

Merry Christmas to you too, Jas! Sputnik loves her present too, but she's exhausted now.

Anonymous said...

.........and to all a good night....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You know it, Dale, especially after all that turkey and then the Amarula!

Stephanie said...

ohhhh Happy Christmas!!!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy Boxing Day back at you, Stephanie!

Evelyne said...

Circling the words : brilliant!

And I have to find a toy like that for Chechu and Valverde!

Anonymous said...

I love Jerry's idea of circling certain words to give hints to the contents.

My oldest nephew is in grade 12 and for Christmas he got an acoustic guitar and a t-shirt that says, "no car, no job...but I'm in a band!" Making lots of money with his band is his latest 'career' choice! He and Eva should join forces!

Happy Boxing Day Barbara. Keep your sanity and stay away from the malls!

Will said...

Well, it looks like the Zombie household had a nice Christmas. Cat gifts usually are the best! And I imagine some hardcore bass action will be shaking the walls soon ... if it hasn't already.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think we bought ours at PetSmart or someplace lke that, Evelyne. Our cat is fascinated by it.

Great t-shirt, Toccata! Eva is not in a band but she doesn't have any car or money either, so they have something in common.
Never fear - I am not leaving the house today.

The Zombies are starting to excel at post-Christmas relaxation, Will. The cat alternates between sleeping under the tree and beating the stuffing out of her new toy (or trying to).
No bass action yet, I think Eva has to relearn tabs and notes first.

mellowlee said...

OMG, I have to get that cat toy for Loki! I love the Christmas wrap idea. How much is Eva loving her bass? Probably as much as Im lovin my drum :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sputnik does love that toy, Mel; I'll bet Loki would love it too.

Eva tried out her bass briefly last night. I want to try it next. Have you been having fun with your drum?

phlegmfatale said...

That is hilarious and clever - circling hinty bits on the newspaper wrapper - I love it! The tree & gifts look festive, warm and homey and not like some juiced-up commercial spend-fest. Well done! Yay for the cats, too. There's something endearing about a cat's ability to be surprised by something that is showing up on a timed loop.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Cats are weirdos, no question, PF.

I like to keep the Christmas extravaganza somewhat subdued, and I adore your gum rack tree.