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Something to do with your spare time during the holidays

Spare time during the run-up to Christmas? Am I nuts?

Some would think so. Many do. Most people my wife and I know roll their eyes when we tell them that we don’t exchange gifts with each other and that we’ve worked out mutually beneficial deals with our closest family and friends not to swap meaningless trinkets in the last week of December.

This makes life much simpler this time of year.

So while most Americans are celebrating the season by pouring money into the ample pockets of the Walton family, I find myself with a little spare time to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

I’m learning to play “Lady Madonna” on the piano. This fellow makes it much easier than I expected!

I don’t play the piano, and when I’m done with this project, “Lady Madonna” will be the only thing I play. But I’ll play it pretty well, I imagine.

If called upon at a holiday party this time next year, I should be able to sit down and pound out a pretty nice rendition.

But if it’s your party and you’ve invited my wife and me? We won’t show up with gifts.

3 comments on “Something to do with your spare time during the holidays

  1. 1WriteWay
    December 14, 2013

    It is so nice not to get suck up into the gifting maelstrom. I do give gifts, but I order online (and thereby avoid the crush of lines at the PO) and the gifts are “traditional” things like wreaths. It used to be a season fraught with anxiety but eventually I found the “sweet spot.” My husband and I don’t exchange gifts, of course. Tried that a couple of times and let’s just say the exchanges were anticlimactic. It’s far more fun to surprise Greg with a gift on the rare occasion when I know what he wants and I know he won’t be buying it for himself anytime soon.
    If I could have a party that you and Sue would come to, that would be gift enough 🙂

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 14, 2013

      If we lived in Tallahassee we’d be there with bells on!

      I keep seeing these commercials where husbands give their wives a Lexus all wrapped up in a bow, and I can’t get past the “no way” factor. Or ginormous diamonds. If Sue expected a ginormous diamond every year, I’d be drinking a lot more!

      • 1WriteWay
        December 14, 2013

        lol! Greg is lucky in that I don’t even like diamonds 🙂

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