Merry Funny!

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by Gina Valley

Happy Christmas Eve!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

BUT…

It can be stressful and exhausting and depressing.

So, let me help you out.

First, remember to keep the main thing the main thing.  Nothing else truly matters.

Second, invite someone who might be lonely to join in your celebration.  The invitation, not the scale of the celebration, is what matters.  It will work wonders. For both of you.  Just do it!

Thirdly, take time to feel the joy and to laugh.  I’ve assembled some funnies here to get you started.

Peace, Love, Joy, and Laughter to you!

-gina

PS – Remember, no fair starting to assemble toys until after midnight.

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Remember the Joy of the Season!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s making you smile this Christmas season?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.  I’ll be eating Christmas cookies while I wait.

Gift…Gina’s Favorites

Gift…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

As I’m spending extra time celebrating with my family, today’s post is one of my favorites from the past.

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Gift

Good news

Great joy

Mighty king

Tiny boy

Free gift

Priceless love

Adoration

From above

Shining wonder

Angels sing

Enduring hope

Peace He brings

-gina valley

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  May you feel the Love of Christmas all through the year.

 

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A Hunting We Will Go…Gina’s Favorites

A Hunting We Will Go…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

We have a tradition in our family of buying each family member two new ornaments each year.

My idea with it was that when my kids are grown and on their own I will keep one from each year and give them one from each year to put on their first Christmas tree.  Now, I don’t know how I will part with any of them, so we’ll see how that plays out.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally A Hunting We Will Go...Gina’s Favorites Holidays Christmas Ornaments Family TimeOriginally this tradition was to make 2 new ornaments each year.  But, it didn’t take long for us to realize that unless Martha Stewart herself showed up to do the work, and maybe not even then, the chance of us coming up with save-worthy, home generated ornaments was slim to none.

So, instead, we go ornament hunting.  Some people schedule an outing to go cut down their Christmas tree.  I stage a surprise reverse ambush on my family sometime after Halloween and before Christmas Day each year to bag us some baubles for the tree.  Twice we’ve done it on Christmas Eve.  After the midnight service (Don’t you go knocking those always-open stores.  We, the over-scheduled, organizationally-impaired, need them).

The ornaments don’t have to be ornaments.  It can be anything that’s small and light enough to hang on the tree, and that represents something about that person that year.  If I can hook some gold ribbon or a piece of wire on to make it tree-hangable, we’ll call it an ornament.

I prefer to take 1 or 2 of my children out to hunt at a time, partly to be able to give them more attention, and partly because I’m less likely to feel the need to strangle one of them that way.  But, the OCD in me revs up after Thanksgiving if these kind of details aren’t nailed down.  So, when I realized on the way home from church on Sunday that I had my whole pack AND The Professor captive…I mean … present in the van, I made an impromptu visit to the giant red store.

My teens were thrilled.  I could tell because, although they groaned, no one said, “Do we have to go?”

I could tell my littles were thrilled, too, because they stopped hitting each other long enough to discuss what kind of weaponry they were going to look for to hang on the tree.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally A Hunting We Will Go...Gina’s Favorites Holidays Christmas Ornaments Family TimeThe Professor didn’t even roll his eyes.

I could hear sleigh bells.

Son#4, always a tad impulsive, immediately picked out a roll of duct tape as the first of his two of ornaments.  I told him that I’d prefer he get something a bit more Christmasy or personal.  He reminded me that you can make anything out of duct tape.  Touché.

Son#1, always an efficient shopper, quickly found wood cravings of a fish and a snake to represent his favorite pets, his formerly 1 ½ inch long, but now 2 FOOT long catfish (seriously, who keeps a fish alive long enough to get that big?) and the ball python my sister sent home with him after our last visit (wait until she sees what I got her kids).

He then began to busy himself looking at fishing gear.  He loves to fish.  The irony of that is not lost on my fish-whisperer son.

Son#2 an avid, basketball, soccer, and La Crosse player, stuck his hand into the bin of small sports balls, and pulled out 2 balls shaped like monster heads. He asked if I could hook something on them to hang them on the tree.  I said that I could, but wondered whether the sports balls might be more representative of him.  He said that the monsters were perfect because he liked to make faces at people to bug them.  At least he’s honest.

So far a snake, a fish, two monsters, and a roll of duct tape.  It’s like we were half way to Bethlehem.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally A Hunting We Will Go...Gina’s Favorites Holidays Christmas Ornaments Family TimeDaughter#1 showed me an ornament she thought I should get that looked like a little black high heel shoe.  I got it, but I know she is going to borrow it, and I won’t be able to find it when I need it to go with the cute little black dress ornament I’m hoping to get.  I’ll end up using a flip flop ornament to go with my dress ornament, and feel like a fool.

She decided on a camera ornament and a red shoe ornament similar to the one she picked out for me.  Both are perfect for her, as she loves to both take and be in photos, and to both take and be in my shoes.

Daughter#2 picked out, as always, an ornament with a “G” on it because it’s her initial, and something purple.  This time it was a glass ball with purple dots on it.  Seeing the “G” ornament in the basket, The Professor asked who it belonged to. Son#4 pointed out, less than patiently, that Gemma is the only one who’s name starts with “G.”

The Professor asked Son#4, “What about your mom?”

To which Son#4, clearly using his “poor, confused dad needs explaining to again” voice answered, “Dad, mom starts with an ‘m.’”

The “Duh!” was implied.

Daughter#3 always gets an ornament with her middle name, Noel, on it.  The second ornament is anyone’s guess.  Her tastes vary widely.  This year she decided, despite the very verbal protests of her brothers, to bring Justin Bieber home for the holidays.  His smiling face is grinning on a shiny, glitter-decorated ball.  I fear for his safety, and have made threats that I am hoping will guarantee his survival.

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Somehow, in between broken ornament interventions, arm wrestling with his younger brother, and admiring the bicycle display (this is the first year in ages we got out of there without knocking the entire line of bicycles over) he found time to pick out a rubber duckie and a carved wooden shark to serve as his ornaments for the year.  I have no idea why.

Son#4 brought me a beautiful, 3-dimensional 12- pointed star ornament and said, “Mom, isn’t this perfect?”  It really was.  It was sparkly and jewel toned. It would look lovely on the tree.  But, before I could express my gratefulness at his having taken the request to find something fitting to celebrate Christmas seriously, he continued. “Doesn’t it look just like one of those big things they used to put on the end of a stick to whack people on the head with?

The Professor spent the duration of the trip digging through a bin of identical penguin ornaments, “looking for one that is left handed.”  I’m not sure how you can tell.  But, we’ve been married a long time, and I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better not to ask.

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I also picked out several different penguin ornaments for The Professor.  I got extra because I couldn’t tell if they were left handed.  I put a small tree on the table in our foyer to be home to his penguin ornament collection each year.  Always fun to add to his flock.

I got an extra “Noel” ornament for Daughter#3 in case her Bieber bauble suffers a premature demise.

It was a very successful trip.  No stitches were needed.  No fist fights and only one shoving, kicking incident.  We left with not only the same number of children as we arrived with, but with, in fact, the very same children.  And, we only had to visit 4 different departments, not counting the Christmas area, before everyone found at least two ornament-worthy items.

The ornaments are now in a heap in the middle of our dining room table, awaiting their owner and year labels.  I should have bought a new Sharpie marker to use while we were at the store.  After that they will receive their hanging clips and be cleared for tree placement.

I’m wishing we’d gotten a tree while we were out.

Or, at least some duct tape.

That way we could have made our own.

After all, you can make anything out of duct tape.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Do you have any traditions this time of year?  What about when you were a kid?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.  And, you’re already here anyway.  You might as well go for it.

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

by Gina Valley

If you’ve interacted with anyone, on-line or IRL, recently, chances are that someone asked you, probably in an overly giddy fashion, “Are you ready for Christmas?!?!,” likely followed by a giggle and a tee-hee.

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I want to bop those people on the head with one of those giant candy canes, and say, “No, I’m not done shopping, our tree only has lights on one side, we haven’t even taken the photo for our card yet, and there’s still 2 pumpkins and 5 gourds on our mantel that I’m hoping guests think are just oddly shaped Christmas ornaments.”

So, no, I’m not ready for Christmas.

But, ready-or-not, even though we don’t get any snow (it was 80 degrees F here in Los Angeles today), I can tell Christmas is getting close.

Top 10 Signs It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

#10.  We’ve finished eating all of the candy “Santa” bought to stuff the stockings.

#9.  The dog is now producing pine needle-laced poop.

#8.  Our Christmas tree has been knocked over 3 times, fallen mysteriously twice, and been dragged across the living room once by our girl puppy.

#7.  Our refrigerator has started making grinding, “I will die if you store Christmas dinner for 30 in here” threatening sounds to mock me.

#6.  All of the red bulbs, and only the red bulbs, on the strands of colorful lights decorating our roof line have stopped working.

#5.  We’ve received touching, heart-felt Christmas cards from each and every realtor within a 50 mile radius from our house.

#4.  My kids are completely covered by a thin, sticky layer of candy cane residue, and they think they have super powers because everything sticks to them.

#3.  My youngest son came out of my bedroom, and announced, “I did not peek at the presents.”

#2.  My pack wore our Christmas stockings to school last week, because I forgot to throw the load of socks into the dryer.

#1.  I’ve spent so much time with the Amazon delivery guy that I think I’m now his common law wife.

I assume he’ll be delivering any children our marriage produces.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Is it looking like Christmas in your neck of the woods?  How can you tell?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Near Death Shopping Experience…Gina’s Favorites

Near Death Shopping Experience…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

So, I’m in line at the discount store.

You know, the one you don’t have to comb your hair to go to?  The one that, judging by several of the women who paraded by, is also bra optional.

As is typical, 4 of the 206 registers were open.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesI naively thought I was lucky in landing only 4 back from the register.  After all, how long could this possibly take?  Famous last words!

After having moved exactly NOT AT ALL!!! after literally 20 minutes I realized those might be my last words.  I looked at The Professor and said, “I think we will die here.”

“When you see the light try to fall into the cart, so I don’t have to drag your body through the line,” he answered, practical to the end.

I was not the only one performing last rights.  There were multitudes fading fast in every lane.  Tempers were shorter than the lines were long.  Holiday cynicism was at a peak.

But, as I stood there corralled by the Not-Available-IN-Stores merchandise and a rack of Pillow Pet Jrs., staring at the distant cashier as she moved at nearly the speed of slow motion, something caught my eye.  It was a glimmer of hope. A spark of life.

I suddenly felt the will to live re-entering my body.

I could feel it swelling up within me until I was sure I would burst.  I had to tell someone.  I looked at The Professor.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesHe was standing next to me, leaning against the Pillow Pets and the Not-Available-In-Stores Tortilla Bowl Shapers.  He seemed to be deep in thought studying the empty gum cases.

I hated to  disturb him, but I had to tell someone, and everyone else in our line, aside from being perfect strangers, seem to be either angry, comatose, or both.  I decided to go ahead and wake The Professor up.

I jabbed his arm.  Repeatedly.  He finally woke up, muttering, “Whoa, debit.  No! Credit.”

“Honey,” I whispered excitedly.

He leaned back against the magazines and said, “Five more minutes,” and then flopped his hand on my head, apparently looking for the snooze button.

“Wake up.  Wake up!” I implored as I shook him.

As he regained lucidity and checked his watch, he asked, “Is it our turn?”

I laughed.  That man is so funny. Like it could be our turn.  We’d only been in line for 25 minutes at that point.  We hadn’t even moved.  “No, but look.  Look at his cart,” I said, while pointing at the cart the guy in front of us was pushing.

“Yeah?  So?  It’s full. Wake me up when we move forward more than 24 inches,” he mumbled as he rearranged his Tortilla Bowl Shaper pile pillow.

“But, look at it,” I implored.  “Look what he’s buying.”

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesThe Professor opened both eyes and looked intently toward the cart in question. Then, he looked quizzically at giddy, fidgety me.

I’m sure he was a bit unnerved by my smile, which was undoubtedly wrapped all of the way around my head at that point. Probably, memories of past cart content alerts from me, like the time I spotted the creepy man buying only marshmallows, Spaghetti O’s, and 15 boxes of condoms, weighed heavily on his mind.  He thinks I shouldn’t look in other people’s carts.  I’ve told him that I have to because it’s material for my job (like right now!). He said that I couldn’t quote what he said after that.

Our cart was full of exciting discount store staples like socks, deodorant, Lean Cuisines, sweatpants, and paper plates. I might have tossed one of those Tortilla Bowl Shapers in there, too.

The guy in front of me had a cart full of colored pencils, a pile of arts and craft sets, 4 big boxes of crayons, 3 Easy Bake Ovens, 2 dolls, a stack of picture books, 2 Little Tykes trucks, a tub of Legos, and a bunch of glittery hair ties.  There was festive paper and bows on the rack underneath.

We were shopping for daily life & hygiene essentials.  He was not.

I quietly said to The Professor, “He’s Christmas shopping for kids.”  I think I squealed a little, because he gave me that look.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Near Death Shopping Experience …Gina’s FavoritesI don’t know why, but for some reason just knowing that he was there to do something nice for children made me happy.  It made me pep right up.

The Professor looked at the cart again.  At first he had his “I will humor my crazy wife.  Again.” look on his face, but I noticed a smile rapidly taking over.  “He is, isn’t he?” The Professor said to me.  “Definitely has a cart full of kids’ gifts.”

It’s obviously not unusual to see someone Christmas shopping the first week of December, but there is something special about seeing a cart solely devoted to children’s gifts.  I’m not sure why it’s so special.

Maybe because it’s rare to see a cart filled only with toys.  Maybe because we all love the thrill of being a child at Christmas. Maybe because a little kid started this whole Christmas thing.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I wasn’t the only one who soaked up some joy and holiday energy just looking at that buggy full of kids’ stuff.

The guy behind us pointed it out to his wife.  The kid in the basket behind them craned his neck to see.  His mom smiled when she caught sight of it.  Pretty soon people in the lines on either side of ours began to notice.  People stood straighter, straining to see.  Scowls melted. Smiles appeared.  All across what had been a bastion of human misery joy spread.

It was just for a few minutes.  We’d all be on our way soon. Hopefully.

But, there was something exciting, renewing about seeing how a basket of toys melts the hearts of a bunch of tired people who haven’t been kids for a long time.

I don’t know if it was the Christmas Spirit or not.  But, somehow I’m sure the original Christmas Kid was smiling, too.

Laugh Out Loud,

-gina

What springs to your mind when you see a bunch of toys?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

Spray Away For The Holiday

Spray Away For The Holiday 

by Gina Valley

Remember when your pre-school kids brought home macaroni frames and sea shells magically transformed by gold spray paint?  Well, that still works.  A can or 2 or 30 of gold (or silver) spray paint  can transform your home, change your life, and have you totally ready for the holidays before lunch.

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Well, the traditionalists will tell you to blast some pines cones to place in a large glass bowl for an elegant look.  That does look nice, but I say “Why stop there?”

Kitchen buried in crusty dishes?  Spray paint those suckers.  Now you have charger plates each with a custom, handmade 3-dimensional design.  Macy’s will probably call you with an order for 1000 of them.

Mountain of laundry besieging your washing machine?  No problem.  Arrange the olfactory offenders into various sizes of conical piles.  Blast them with your can of magic gold-ness (this might require more than one coat), and you’ll be left with an entire forest of handmade, fabric Christmas trees to distribute throughout your home and yard.  Talk about classy décor!

Got a lazy teen?  Or two?  Do you have to put a mirror under his nose to check for condensation just to be sure he hasn’t passed on to that great messy bedroom in the sky, because he’s been prone on the living room sofa for 22 hours?  Spray him! Don’t worry, he’ll likely sleep through the whole thing and Christmas and New Year’s.  Your guests will be so impressed with how life-like the new sculpture in your living room is.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Spray Away For The Holiday Decorating  Christmas  Hanukah  New YearsCobwebs in the corners make you feel like you’re closer to Halloween, than a visit from St. Nick?  No worries.  A light spraying, and you’ve turned those bug catchers into delicate gold garland.

Did your 3 year old stain the fancy dress your mother-in-law sent her before she’d even worn it?  Gold that thing up, and you’ll take it from “stained” to “lamé -d.”

Living room rug speckled with stains?  Spray paint a large circle over each one, for a festive, new flooring up date.  Or, for a totally new, easy to clean look, spray paint the whole carpet – wall-to-wall .  It’ll  look holiday-delicious and you can hose away spills.

How about your yard?  Landscaping looking like the Munster’s house?  Pots filled with dead daisies?  Brown lawn?  Bent flamingoes?  Nothing a couple cans of gold spray paint can’t fix.  Let loose with the golds of spray paint land, and change barren into lushness, change dreary into opulence.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Totally Spray Away For The Holiday Decorating  Christmas  Hanukah  New YearsNo time to wrap gifts?  Spray them.

Cat make some hairballs?  Spray them.

Spouse balding?  Spray him.

Sagging patio furniture?  Dented mail box?  Dingy guest towels?  Spray.  Spray.  Spray!!!

And, if Martha Stewart or the president of you HOA shows up at your door to complain about your efforts, spray paint her, too.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Anything in your life that could use a good spraying?   When do you put up your decorations?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Yes, Keep It Up! Keep It Up!

Yes, Keep It Up!  Keep It Up!

As I was sending the last boxes of Christmas decorations back up to our attic last night (yes, I know January is more than half over. Don’t judge me) I was a little sad seeing the now empty place our tree formerly occupied.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Trees Decorations Procrastination Now, granted, the OCD in me is thrilled to see the giant dust magnet re-imprisoned, but the squishy-hearted, holiday reveler in me already misses the prickly, green behemoth.  It made me think about my friend, Christina (just to clarify – the missing tree part made me think of her.  Not the prickly, green behemoth part).

Christina has decided to leave her Christmas tree up all year long this year.  Maybe even forever.  She explains in her Is There Any Reason I Need to Take the Christmas Tree Down? post on her blog at ChristinaMajasky.com that this will not only save her from the hassle, and possible death, of taking it down, but will also ensure that it will be automatically up on time for next year.  All good points.

But, I think Christina has this a bit backward.

Instead of thinking about possible reasons one needs to take the Christmas tree down, I say focus on all of the many reasons to leave it up.  In fact, the more I thought about it (yeah, there was nothing good on TV last night) the more I realized that there are many practical reasons we should all want to keep our trees erect.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Trees Decorations ProcrastinationYour tree will keep you from stabbing people with forks.  When your childhood friend, Leeda, wants to stop by to tell you all about her little Kirby’s latest feat of brilliance, again, you can conveniently be too busy to listen because you are “…just about to take the tree down.”

Your tree will help with the laundry.  It makes an excellent clothes drying rack.  You’ll have to be a bit careful when you pull your sweaters off of it, so as not to snag them, but drying your clothes this way will make you feel closer to your forefathers…well….foremothers.  And, it will keep that giant “dry your sweater” rack thing away from your bath tub, shaving valuable time off your morning bathing routine.

Your tree will boost your civic standing.  It could be called into service at a moment’s notice to provide emergency squirrel housing.  Natural disasters are both unavoidable and unpredictable.  You could be a vital cog in the preparedness wheel for your neighborhood.  Plus, I think they’d give you one of those cool reflecty vests to wear and everything.

Your tree will boost your self-esteem.  When your “more Martha-like than Martha Stewart herself” cousin comes over for Thanksgiving, you won’t feel like the lazy schmuck you usually do while she drones on about how she has all of her color-coded, alphabetized boxes of ornaments poised and ready to decorate her tree the following day, because yours will be up already.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Trees Decorations ProcrastinationYour tree will make childcare a snap. Raining?  Can’t take your kids to the park?  No problem!  You’ve got a park-esque setting in your own living room.  Problem solved!

Your tree will make you look good. You can tell people who question your indoor arborness that you’re celebrating Greek Orthodox Arbor Day.  No one is every really sure when that is anyway.  You’ll come off as both environmental and pious.

Your tree will control pet population growth.  When people try to give your child a free puppy, kitten, or lizard, you can politely decline by explaining that you are already quite busy taking care of the pet tree in your living room.

Your tree will protect your privacy.  You can hide behind it when your crazy neighbor is looking in your front window to see if you’re home, so he can tell you not to park your car in front of your house.  Again.

Your tree is a great home security system, too.  You can knock it over to distract zombies in order to secure your safe escape from their clutches.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Christmas Trees Decorations ProcrastinationYour tree will make hosting guests so much easier.  You can hide dirty pots and pans and laundry among its boughs when surprise visitors drop by.  No more need to panic when you see you parent’s car pull surprisingly to the curb in front of your home.

And, Your tree can provide hours of entertainment.  You can subtly shake it, while growling softly to freak out your dog, your spouse, and your kids.  You can probably cancel cable altogether.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What can you add to my list of reasons to keep a Christmas tree up all year round?  I’m looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.  Shoot me a comment with all the details.

BTW – you can follow Christina’s Christmas tree and track it’s antics throughout the coming year on both Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to tell the tree that I sent you.

Laugh Log – Day After Edition

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At our house December 26th is traditionally a day off from most responsibilities.  It’s a day to relax and sleep in, a day to play games and eat leftovers.  We don’t usually leave the house, and most of us leave our jammies on all day.

Here are some giggles to help your day-after be merry.

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Peace, Joy, and Giggles to you and yours!

Laugh Out Loud!
-gina

How is your week going? Have you found some time to relax and recharge? Anything make you smile?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Laugh Log – Merry Edition

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Laugh Log – Merry Edition

Happy Christmas Eve!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

BUT…

It can be stressful and exhausting and depressing.

So, let me help you out.

First, remember to keep the main thing the main thing.  Nothing else truly matters.

Second, invite someone who might be lonely to join in your celebration.  The invitation, not the scale of the celebration, is what matters.  It will work wonders. For both of you.  Just do it!

Thirdly, take time to feel the joy and to laugh.  I’ve assembled some funnies here to get you started.

Peace, Love, Joy, and Laughter to you!

-gina

PS – Remember, no fair starting to assemble toys until after midnight.

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Remember the Joy of the Season!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What’s making you smile this Christmas season?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.  I’ll be eating Christmas cookies while I wait.