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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Christmas 2005 update #3: Winding down with some crazy Christmas loot

As I said before, Christmas is something that gets stretched out a bit around our place. That's why I waited a bit to report on the goodies that Santa brought us this year...
This was taken Christmas morning before we went anywhere. The night before my sister gave me a giant Darth Vader PEZ dispenser: you tilt back the head and it plays the Star Wars theme music. That might have been the best Christmas present I ever got, until 8 hours later when Anita was upstaged by what Lisa gave me: sitting by the tree on Christmas morning was an (almost) life-sized Artoo-Detoo cooler! You can take his domed head off and put ice and drinks inside his body. He also wheels around on his two legs. Inside Artoo Lisa had put some of the Star Wars M&M figurines, the Darth Vader/Obi-Wan Galactic Heroes set, and a complete set of Star Wars mini-busts. Suffice it to say the Artoo cooler has been probably the most offbeat/neatest thing that I got this year for Christmas, 'cuz it's so cute and I had no idea that such a thing even existed until now. I'm trying to figure out what to do with it after the holidays: maybe keep it in our living room as an exotic conversation piece?

Lisa also got me the Nintendo DS, along with Nintendogs and Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (and a nice carry case for it all). She also got me the DVDs of Batman Begins, National Treasure and Apollo 13, and had a pack of Kit-Kats in my stocking. I got her some Xbox and Gamecube games (Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 with the dance mat, Donkey Konga 2, Pac-Man World 3 and Karaoke Revolution Party) and a Gameboy Advance SP, the kind with the brighter screen. Later that morning we also got The Polar Express DVD, the boxed sets of Lost Season 1 and The Simpsons Season 6, some CDs and a complete set of regular-sized Revenge of the Sith PEZ dispensers. Think our entire family got some wild and wacky stuff. A good haul to be sure... but more than that it was all the good times and laughter we got to have together at Christmas this year that made it so terrific.

Anyway, I just couldn't let this holiday season pass by without making note of that which I can show you in a picture. Some things ya can't do that with, but that's okay. Just know that we all had a great time this year, and I'm hoping and praying that this next year will see us able to do it all over again for Christmas 2006 :-)