| 1/10/2018 8:55:00 AM

Tags: gift, gifts, Christmas, New Year, Missouri, Mel Boone,

Mel Boone 

We are well into the new year, but Christmas is still on my mind. For me that isn't a surprise. I'm lucky enough to have received gifts that I will use long after Christmas has gone.


Mom has always been good to renew my magazine subscriptions for me during the past few years. She knows that I enjoy them. With a  renewal, I will enjoy them all year long. Unlike clothing, there is no worry about getting the right size.

I got a little bit of money as a gift. So off I went to Wal-Mart for the Kuerig that I always wanted. Now when I want one cup of tea or hot cocoa, I've got my one cup. No more waste there! The rest of the Christmas money will go toward a few DVDs that I've been wanting. Not only will I watch those at home, they will more than likely go with me when I take my portable DVD player on a trip.

This past Christmas was the second time that I participated in the Reddit Gifts Secret Santa Gift Exchange. The first time that I participated in it was 2016. My secret Santa at that time sent me a cool pair of sunglasses. They were kind of steampunk style, which I like. So far I have yet to wear them because I wear prescription glasses.  I hope to put them to use someday.

1/15/2018 9:29:05 AM

Mel, it's always good when you can get gifts that will be useful. Mine are usually garden magazine gifts or tools. The best ones, of course, is nuts or Reese's peanut butter cups. Yum. The last few years Christmas has kind of dwindled for me. My wife was the one that got into Christmas big time with decorating, baking, and gift buying. After she died, I tried to carry on but was never too good at it and didn't really enjoy it so now it's gift cards and enjoying other people's festivities. I guess after 70 Christmas seasons, it's just lost some of the excitement. I'm not a bah humbug kind of guy but just not up to the work it takes for the perfect Christmas. I'm glad there are still people like you around that are friends of mine and invite me to celebrate with them. ***** Have a great post Christmas gift using day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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