Posts tagged "Christmas"

The groupie

Hi. I’m sorry. I’m not usually the wait for a guy outside his dressing room type, but after we saw you today I just had to come back and see you again. Alone. Don’t freak out. I’m not a stalker or anything. Totally harmless. Look in my purse. No weapons or anything. I just want a... Read more »

The Twelve Days of Christmas with Swear Words

Warning: This post contains adult language. Actually, after this introduction this post is basically just a string of profanity. If that’s not your thing you should probably skip reading this. If, however, you love swear words I’ve got a special Twelve Days of Christmas song for you. I did warn you that there would be... Read more »

What does Santa Claus do for your family?

What does Santa Claus do for your family?
Santa Claus is an all-seeing, immortal, polyglot, shape-shifter. By some accounts Santa is also a slave owner, although others claim that the elves receive fair compensation for their labor. Sometimes Santa seems truly omniscient, while at other times he needs to employ onsite surveillance via the Elf on the Shelf. (Or does the Elf on... Read more »
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4 "facts" about Christmas that are wrong

4 "facts" about Christmas that are wrong
You may know the words to all the classic Christmas songs. You may even know where you stashed the Christmas tree stand last year. But do you fall for common falsehoods about Christmas? Here are four “facts” about Christmas that a lot of people get wrong. Poinsettias are poisonous and should be kept away from... Read more »

10 reasons why museum memberships are the best gifts for families

10 reasons why museum memberships are the best gifts for families
Are you a grandparent or someone else looking to buy gifts for a family with small children? Do you have small children and want to get a gift that won’t add to your clutter? Local museum memberships (or zoo memberships or aquarium memberships) are awesome. Even for little kids museums (and not just “children’s museums”)... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program

Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program
Top secret documents leaked by former contractor Edward Let-It-Snowden reveal a previously unknown NSA program code-named SANTA (Securing America’s Noel Toy Allotment). A key component of the SANTA program is the use of hidden recording and transmitting devices in Elf on the Shelf dolls. The Elf on the Shelf dolls allow the NSA to secretly monitor... Read more »
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List 24: What I really wanted for Christmas

List 24: What I really wanted for Christmas
I got some nice things for Christmas, but Christmas for me is more about seeing my kids excited than what I might get. It’s not that I don’t like things. I really like things, but I have plenty of things already. There are some things I really want, but they would be difficult to impossible... Read more »

How to make gløgg mulled wine

How to make gløgg mulled wine
People in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood know the nordic mulled wine called glögg in Swedish and gløgg in Norwegian and Danish. It is served at Simon’s Tavern each winter, and bottles are sold in local stores. I, however, was quite familiar with this drink well before I moved to the neighborhood because my mother made it for her... Read more »

Care for Real Toy Distribution

That's a lot of toys. But wait...
Care for Real distributed toys to more than 600 Edgewater families on Tuesday, December 18. I was excited to be there to see some of the people who would benefit from donations to toy drives, such as the one I promoted on this site. The gallery below contains images from the toy distribution. Care for Real... Read more »
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List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties

List 23: Memories from 20 Christmas parties
On Saturday, I threw my 20th consecutive Christmas party. (As I’ve stated before, I am an introvert who loves to host parties.) Below are 40 facts and memories from 20 instances of what has often been called the “Kimmy Z Christmas Party.” My mother started throwing Christmas parties with lots of food in 1970. She... Read more »