What Men Really Want for Christmas

What Men Really Want for Christmas

The problem with getting gifts for anyone is that there are two levels of gifting: there is what they say they want versus what they really want. Our reasons for saying the things we want have more to do with pride than actual need or even desire for a certain gift. I won’t get into to the psycho-babble of it all. Let’s instead get down to the nitty gritty and just list the 17 simple rules of what to get for men. (I’m a man, this is how we roll): Rule #1: When in doubt – buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he hasRead more

Legend of the Christmas Pants

Legend of the Christmas Pants

By Jeff Westover It began as a simple, thoughtful gift. Back in 1964, Larry Kunkel’s mother thought he’d appreciate a nice new pair of moleskin pants. He didn’t. Living in Minnesota, the pants were prone to stiffness in the freezing weather of the winter months. So Larry pawned the pants off on his brother-in-law, Roy Collett, as a gift the very next Christmas. But Roy didn’t care for them either. So he returned the favor and the pants the following Christmas. And thus the game began. Each year, as Christmas approached, Larry and Roy contemplated those pants. For the giver, there was delight in knowing that possession of the pants would no longer be theirs for at least a year.Read more

How to Fit the Tree in the Car

How to Fit the Tree in the Car

By Oberon This is a hoot and a real treat for Christmas, made all the better because it is entirely true. It takes a bit of getting through, but stick with it. It’s worth it, I promise. A few Christmases back I was delegated to buy the family Christmas Tree, and, as is my habit, I kept putting it off until it was almost too late. Every day I would pass a little grocery shop on my way to work where the owner had piled a load of Christmas trees on the pavement for sale. One morning a couple of days before Christmas I was on my way to work when I noticed he only had half a dozen left.Read more

Nothing

Nothing

By Jeff Westover The first Christmas for us really wasn’t so hard. After all, we were in love and there was nothing else more important. Sure, being a couple changed the holidays for us but wasn’t everything else different too? It wasn’t until life and routine settled upon us that it got difficult. First came one baby and then another. Living off my meager wages so that my dear wife could be home with the kids made things a little tough. We felt lucky to provide them with socks and underwear for Christmas. There just wouldn’t be anything left over for each other. I was all too much the victim of a society that programs us to measure such thingsRead more

That’s How You Eat Gravy

That’s How You Eat Gravy

By Vance James One of my best Christmas memories comes from when I was about nine years old. But I have to warn you: this is not a feel good Christmas story. It is kind of gross. After getting up early and opening our presents it was a family tradition to meet at my aunt’s house in the afternoon for Christmas dinner. Everyone who lived closed by would come. I remember this being an adult affair and for those of us under the age of 18 that meant being mostly bored. We usually would bring one of our Christmas presents to show to the other kids or to play with just to help pass the time. But not this ChristmasRead more