Almost Last Minute Shopping

Well, folks, I’ll likely be out and about most of tomorrow wrapping up (hee hee) some almost last minute shopping.

In my defense, this is because I need to buy what we’ll eat over the holiday weekend–we’re all about freshness around here, so you can’t go to the market too far in advance.

Right. And I have some other, um, stocking stuffers to get.

So, for those looking to waste precious holiday time learning useless information to impress your relatives/friends/co-workers, I’m your girl. And is your primary source.


  • Why do we deck the halls? Is it lucky to be born on Christmas Day? Time to sort out those Christmas Superstitions.
  • Yes, he’s the reason for the season, but was Jesus *really* born on the 25th of December?
  • They’re a quick sugar rush and a potential weapon if you lick one end to a very sharp point, but are candy canes religious in origin?
  • Simply a shortcut, or is writing “Xmas” offensive?
  • Because we heart our friends in Canada, Britain, New Zealand, and Australia, here’s some background on Boxing Day.
  • The great American soft drink can be found in nearly every corner of the world, but did Coca-Cola also come up with the image that we associate with Santa Claus?
  • Even after learning all of the above fun facts, do I *really* know enough about Christmas? Take this quiz to find out.

Ain’t Snopes grand?

3 Beans of Wisdom to “Almost Last Minute Shopping”
  1. The Other Girl

    I am afraid to click on the “yule log” link. I don’t want to know.

  2. Shan

    Okay I’m embarrassed to admit that as a Canadian I had no idea what Boxing Day was besides a day off with pay (if you so happen to be gainfully employed).

    Thanks for the links.

  3. sognatrice

    TOG, I don’t blame you one bit. If/when you’re ready, it’ll still be there with its vaguely suggestive, nearly offensive name.

    Shan, I’m always happy to be a source of useless information 🙂

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