Despite the economy, I'd have to say it's been a highly successful holiday season, at least if you're a full-blown Mammon worshipper.  Among the elements of my haul:

*a used Ovation 1612 acoustic/electric guitar with a hard case
*a cornflower-blue merino crewneck sweater with horizontal red/gold stripes
*a navy v-neck cashmere sweater
*the new CDs by R.E.M. and Coldplay
*Season 4 of The Simpsons on DVD
*DVDs of Cinematic Titanic's riff-enhanced versions of both The Wasp Woman and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
*a Barnes & Noble gift certificate that I turned into CDs by Cake (B-Sides & Rarities), Of Montreal (Satanic Panic in the Attic), Radiohead (In Rainbows), Warren Zevon (eponymous), and ZZ Top (Tres Hombres), a combination that got the cute little gothy chick at the register intrigued by the kind of man who would listen to all of the above AND approved of his son's purchasing a Mindless Self Indulgence disc.
*Terry's Chocolate Oranges, a plethora of Moravian Christmas cookies, a big box of Godiva chocolate biscuits, an old-fashioned glass full of pistachios, a specially-wrapped pound cake from Aunt Susan (the best on earth, IMHO)
*surprise tickets to see UNC play Rutgers at the Dean Dome on Sunday night.  (We saw Tyler Hansbrough's 1000th rebound, Marcus Ginyard's return from injury, a turnover-free performance by point guard Ty Lawson, and a chance to sing "Carolina Victory" in front of the kids for the first time.)
*pine siskins on Mom & Dad's feeder!

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