Category Archives: 31things [2011]

#31things #fail

Well, I never followed through with my plan to post 31 blogs in December. Maybe December of this year?

Look back on those I did accomplish by clicking here.

31things: Christmas collections

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.

 

Topic post: Christmas collections

Most Christmas lovers collect snowmen or Santas. Some might collect snowflakes or bears.

I’ll note two Christmas-specific things I collect: Pittsburgh-themed/inspired ornaments and Lemax village pieces.

First, the ornaments… From Linda Barnicott works to Steelers, Pens and Pirates items, to Kennywood Park and Heinz, we’ve got ourselves a wide array of Pittsburgh-style ornaments. We’ve got so many that I’m tempted to go buy a four-foot tree and place all of the 412 area ornaments on it! Hmm, some gold lights, black ribbons … I might be onto something.

By far, my favorite Pittsburgh ornaments are ones from Linda Barnicott. Please, please, please look up her work and buy something! You will NOT be disappointed.

Beyond her for-profit artistic work, Linda also partners annually with the American Cancer Society’s Pittsburgh office for a Christmas card. Always a beautiful card!

And… the Lemax villages. I’ve got this fantastic little village underneath my tree, complete with a parade! The New England-style town focuses on family at Christmas time, as the townspeople are busy running last-minute errands for festivities, singing by the town’s tree or watching the parade pass by the anchor store, Lands’ End (yes, I own a Lands’ End village piece!).

I am addicted to these buildings, but don’t just buy any of them. I put great thought into adding to my collection, and also include Kohl’s Department Store’s St. Nicholas Square pieces, which blend so well with Lemax. My collection has grown, but each year for the last couple years I’ve placed maybe five to eight pieces.

This year, I placed five lighted buildings — a pub, the newspaper office (of course!), Lands’ End, the church and a pharmacy. I also included three homes, but they’re placed behind the others and are not lit. I have them in the display for effect. The people have to live somewhere! Also, the three homes are the three original pieces that pre-date my interest in the lighted Christmas villages.

31things: Ugly Christmas sweaters

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.

This post’s topic: Ugly Christmas sweaters

I’ll be frank — There is no such thing as a nice Christmas sweater.

Why do women, and some men, think sweaters with jingle bells, cats ice skating, blinking lights, sounds and all sorts of Christmas bling are acceptable?

My mother loves this time of year for many reasons, one of which includes wearing some of the ugliest sweaters.

She and her co-worker friends enjoy sharing tips on what stores have the better deals on these hideous things.

Nobody needs to see these things.

So please get rid of them!

31things: Best gifts received

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.

 

This post’s topic: Best gifts received

Here are some of the top gifts I ever received:

  • Money that later went to adopt my first dog, aptly named Mario. We got him at Animal Friends! I was in first grade.
  • A Nintendo! That came in the 1980s. My parents stayed up that entire night playing Mario. That was my first connection with Mario — a relationship that will last a lifetime!
  • A bike. I think there were two along the way. But a kid needs a bike, so I was happy to get one!
  • A photo of Three Rivers Stadium taken by a friend.

I’ve always enjoyed gifts I receive. But I prefer giving gifts. Stay tuned for a few posts about that!

31things: Michael Bublé’s “Santa Baby” with my Christmas list

Inspired by my attempt last December and from my friend Stephanie, I’m going to try blogging each day in December — holiday themes, of course! I’m calling it “31things.” Click here for more details. Read below for today’s post.

 

This post: Michael Bublé’s “Santa Baby” with my Christmas list

 

Santa baby, slip an iPad under the tree, for me.

I’ve been an awful good guy,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, a new BMW, too, steel blue.
I’ll wait up for you, dude,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun I’ve missed,
I think of all the hotties that I never kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’d check off my Christmas list,

Santa pally, I wanna Mac and really that’s not a lot,
I’ve been a sweetie all year,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, one thing that I really do need, the deed,
To a new home,
Santa pally, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, fill my stocking with Pens tix, for kicks.
Throw me on the first line,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some decorations bought at Ikea,
I really do believe in you,
Now let’s see if you believe in me

Santa poppy, forgot to mention one little thing, cha-ching,
No, I don’t mean as a loan.
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Oh, hurry down the chimney tonight.