6 Years of Christmases – His Edition

As promised, I’m back with Scott’s list of gifts from years past.  Even though I’m a tad bit late.

2009- Bike gloves and pads for his jacket- we actually just found the gloves the other day when we were cleaning up one of the guest rooms.

2010- Snorkel for his Jeep-  I let him have it early (like always it seems) so he would leave me in peace to eat the live lobsters my mom had shipped from Maine.  Unfortunately I came down with strep throat while I still had one lobster (cooked by then) left to eat.  I wasn’t going to waste it, so he got his present early and a Maine lobster.

2009 Jeep Rubicon 4 door with lift kit and snorkel from Bear Den Plantation

2011- Matthews Bow and arrows- He still plays with them every now and then, but he doesn’t hunt, so I’m not entirely sure of the point of this present.

Matthews Bow with Realtree Camo from Bear Den Plantation
A 2-fer.  You can see the trailer in the background.

2012- Chain Saw-  When we went to Maine this summer, I told him it was overkill to pack the chainsaw to bring up with him.  Then, there was a hurricane the night before we left town.  He had to pull bunches of tree limbs out of the way just to get out of Machias.

Husqvarna chainsaw from Bear Den Plantation
Note: it is not a wise idea to be cutting up wood for the fire in boat shoes.  Just a thought.

2013- Trailer-  Truth be told, I came home to a trailer sitting in my driveway.  I was then informed that I was contributing to the cost for his Christmas and birthday present.  Whatever.

2014- Gun- thought it’s to be determined what kind exactly.

Notice how I didn’t explain much here?  Basically, he decides what he wants and I order it- or I contribute to the cost.  I couldn’t tell you what kind of gloves I got him, and I certainly didn’t manage to pick out the snorkel for him on my own.

(Non)Traditional Christmas Songs

5 Christmas Songs That should be on Everyon's Playlist

Can we take a minute to enjoy the pictures I found for the collage?  The Brad Paisley in the top left is one I took myself.  The rest are from Google.  I had never seen the picture of George Strait and Flat Phil Robertson before.  The ‘N Sync photo in the bottom left?  I’m pretty sure I had that same one taped in my bedroom (along with 35,000 others), straight out of Tiger Beat or Bop.  Last, for the longest time I seriously thought that was how Santa was supposed to look, and may well be one of the reasons little kids are scared of him.  Unfortunately, the picture of Garth is the best that I could find on the fly, that he didn’t have crazy eyes in.

Now, onto the point of this….I’ve dubbed this week “Christmas-time at the Bear Den Plantation,” since all of my posts have been Christmas-related… except for Wednesday’s, but Christmas was still on my mind so I’m counting it.

Admittedly, I prefer Christmas songs in the height of summer here in Florida.  Why? Because they’re not on every radio station all the time.  Somehow, 3 versions of “Santa, Baby” in a row is far less annoying when the humidity is at 100% and it’s 90 degrees outside.

Even so, there are a few Christmas songs that I enjoy, even this time of the year!

1)  Garth Brooks – “Belleau Wood”: I’m not sure how I haven’t heard this song before.  But it prompted a Google search about the World War I truce in 1914. 

2)Brad Paisley- “Winter Wonderland”: BP is one of the few country country artists right now.  I actually bought his Christmas album a couple years back, and still listen to it this time of year. I love his version of Winter Wonderland, and it has been playing on Sirius XM lately. I like it because he refers to Jim Ed Brown and “Pop a Top.”

3) ‘N Sync- “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”: Okay I may or may not be listening to this right now!  This is quite possibly their best song ever.  Side note- any idea what JC is doing now?

4) George Strait & Phil and Miss Kay Robertson- “Christmas Cookies”: Seriously combines two of my favorites… three if you include cookies!  George Strait alone on this is great, but adding Phil in… I can totally see him snatching Miss Kay’s cookies before they’re ready.  There are also few more good songs on this album- Missy Robertson can sing.  As can her son, Reed, who has a solo song on the album.

5) Bob Rivers- “12 Pains of Christmas”: I have no idea why I loved the TAPE of “Twisted Christmas” when I was a kid, but I did.  This is one of my all time favorites, from Side A.

I’m linking up with The Good Life Blog and September Farm for Friday!

The Cost of Christmas

After a week in Northeast Tennessee, these 70 degree days in Florida aren’t half bad.  We had a good trip, visiting with family.  But, the drive south on Sunday was horrible.  Anyway.  Ever notice, that even though your family / friends/ Christmas present list grows.  Your income does not?

I’m linking up with A. Liz Adventures today for her final Favorite Things party.  These items are all under $100.  You can find some others included on last week’s Stocking Stuffer list, and my Christmas list the first week!

Swarovski Annual Edition 2014 Crystal Snowflake Ornament (Amazon Associate Link)–  I scored a deal on last year’s ornament and fell in love.  There was a nice Cyber Monday deal the other day… we’ll see if it winds up under (on?) my tree.  Swarovski started manufacturing these limited edition snowflakes in 1991.  A quick search on eBay shows that 1991’s edition can fetch $1500 or more.  This may be my new retirement plan.
Barbie Life in The Dreamhouse Camper(Amazon Associate Link)– And pretty much anything Barbie doll (AAL) related.  Clothes. Houses.  Shoes for my brother to step on.  Eventually.  Once my niece is old enough, Christmas just got more fun for Auntie. Now if I can just find her a Trapper Keeper we’ll be all set.
Lego Friends(Amazon Associate Link)–  Pretty much the same with these.  Lego didn’t have girl Lego’s when I was a small child.  The OCD in me needs to get these for my niece.  And proceed to build it for with her.
Starbucks Holiday $25 Gift Card (Amazon Associate Link)–  These always make me feel less bad about purchasing Starbucks.  Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  In that if I have coffee, I’m less likely to want to kill someone first thing in the morning.  I know this is supposed to be a list for other people.  But if I’m happy.  Everyone else is happy.  At least in this house.
Coach Saffiano Leather Slim Clutch ERMYGERD!  So totally don’t need this- it would be a major lifestyle change to carry something this small, but it is quite pretty.  And only $99!  And also sold out.  I recommend anyone and everyone sign up for Coach Outlet; I stalked them all day on Monday.  They had a different deal every hour.  I refrained.  Again, this is supposed to be for other people/ family.  So let your family know (or my family!) to go check this out.  

And so ends this year’s Favorite Things holiday link up party!  I hope ya’ll have enjoyed!  It’s back to the grind to me!

Only 23 days til Christmas && 16 1/2 work days!