Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Gag Gift for Christmas

Every family has holiday traditions. Some are sweet, some are strange. One of ours involves watching A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. Have you ever seen this movie?

This has to be one of our favorite scenes, the leg lamp. A couple of years ago they started selling the leg lamp in stores around Christmastime. I have always wondered, who the heck buys those things? Well now I know the answer, we do.

Now with all my blogging about being frugal this probably sounds like a really odd choice. And it kind of is. But here's how I'm rationalizing it. First of all it was on sale and we had a coupon. These are always very important considerations to me.

We were going to spend the money on a gift certificate for a restaurant for my parents. Now with the gift certificate they would get an evening out, but they would probably end up kicking in some money towards the bill as well. And the evening would come and go and the money would be gone. Instead, what we're buying for them is a gift that will be made into family legend. This is one of those gifts that will be talked about and laughed about for years to come. I think my money is better spent on the story that will come out of this particular gift. We even wrapped it up to resemble the way it arrived in the movie.

And since my parents have just moved they have been saying they need to buy more lamps for their house. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!


  1. Way too funny! :) I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they open that gift this year!


  2. Lol! That is so fun. My father-in-law is one of the hardest people to buy for. When he helped us remodel our bathroom, his one stipulation was that we NEVER decorate our bathroom with seashells (he'd seen to much of that in Denmark) So for his birthday, we filled up a nice jar with sand and shells that our little girl had collected along with a picture of her by the beach.'s still in his bathroom. ;)

  3. Oh, there will be pictures and I plan to post them!

  4. This put a smile on my face, great great idea!!!! I also love that movie. Can't wait to see the pictures, teehee.


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