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It’s just what I always wanted…

A very useful Crystal Bootie...

A very useful Crystal Bootie…

All of my family are together this Christmas for the first time in a long time. We’ve decided to add to the fun and reduce the gift buying frenzy for the adults by trying something called ‘bad santa”. It’s called “bad santa” because no-one gets a particular gift bought for them like Kris Kindle – so technically you could end up with a ‘bad gift’. But really that’s not quite accurate – all the adults are going to buy one gift – any gift – male/female; useful/useless – whatever you fancy, for about €25 minimum. And once the first gift is opened, any other person can claim that gift rather than pick from the pile –  so you could get the gift you’ve bought if you’re lucky (and if you draw the long straw and get to choose last).  If you’ve bought something wonderfully thoughtful  – all the better. I mean, haven’t we all at some time wished we could have gotten the present which was just opened by someone else? Or aren’t ‘bad’ gifts really quite good gifts – just going to the wrong person?

It got me thinking about the gifts I’ve given and received over the years. I am sure we’ve all had that feeling of seeing our lovely, thoughtfully selected gift opened and greeted with a less than enthusiastic reaction. And there have been times I’ve opened a gift and truly remarked “Oh, you shouldn’t have…” and really, they shouldn’t have thought I would, in a million years, use whatever the gift was.

I just have to share my worst ever gift with you and hopefully I can find a home for it after 17 years languishing in a cupboard. For the birth of my second daughter,  I got this Waterford Crystal paper weight/ornament in the shape of a baby’s bootie. Even now, after the demise of Waterford has given the item collector’s status and as my daughter nears her 18th next summer, I still can’t see its’ merit and neither can she. But I know that somewhere out there, someone would just love to have this Waterford Crystal paper-weight-baby’s-bootie and so I am on a quest to find someone who will love it dearly and give it a good home.

Gift giving is hugely important to all of us, let’s not pretend it doesn’t matter  – and in the next seven days we’ll all invest a lot of time, care, consideration and moolah in “the perfect gift”. And in some sense, every gift is the perfect gift – we just have be giving it to the right person!

So Happy Christmas – enjoy your family & friends and don’t fret too much about the gifts – it’s having great laughs and making precious memories that really matter for all ages.

{Oh, and if you want to claim my Crystal Bootie- just post a comment to this thread and state your case – the best one will get to give it a new home.}

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“Not a lot of people know that…”

The mission was to get a ‘shortie’ wetsuit for a sailing camp. Now, we’re not a family of sailors. My one sailing experience – a three week barf-infested round trip between Malahide and the Scilly Isles – was so long ago that Caspar & Giumbini’s and The Colony were de rigeur Dublin eateries at the time and Switzers traded nose-to-nose with Brown Thomas on Grafton Street. But I digress….

In 53 Degrees North in Carrickmines we viewed the slim pickings in the ‘shortie’ wetsuit display. “We have a much bigger selection – all our shortie Billabongs – down in our Dalkey branch.” Hold on now, I say to myself – or was I speaking out loud? – I live and work there and I’ve never seen a 53 Degrees North in Dalkey. “Are you on our email list?” Yep… “And we did a flyer drop….” Okay….eh, um, er…

Thankfully, the sailing-camper liked the first suit she tried on – and didn’t care that it doesn’t match her “kag” (who makes up these words?) and so our journey to Carrickmines was not a wasted one.

Sure enough, there is a 53 Degrees North* shop at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey for the summer months – I now know. And I did have an unopened-but-not-yet-deleted email about it. In the same inbox with 2,500 emails (not junk or spam), 150 not read. I believe the term for these emails is bacn and The Irish Times Magazine of July 2nd had a few words on the matter in their Word on the Street section.

In among all that bacn is hidden stuff I’d really like to know – if only I had time to sift through it.  Of course, I never will have the time…

And anyway, the things we need to know always catch up with us, one way or another – so it’s goodbye to the unread emails. Click, click – gone!

{PS * I don’t own shares in the shop or anything but we’re on a buy Irish – or from an Irish-owned company – regime at home and work at the moment.}

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