Two Christmas Photos
After the festivities over the past couple of days here are two photos from the Donaldson household. Firstly is Mrs Claus or should that be White Witch with that wig on. Big Guy who was the infamous H and J Smith Santa Claus (the other two got into the Southland Times), was testing out some wigs for his job. This one was a beaut, but very magical looking.
I am wearing all my gifts. My main present is a puffer jacket which can only be worn in moderation at the moment. Draped over my shoulder is a t shirt from my sister. Believe it or not the yellow item in my hand is probably my favourite gift and it is a Banana Case (I knew you would've guessed that). Being a lover of such a versatile fruit this stops bruising. The banana and myself are like Bubba on Forrest Gump and Shrimps. Banana cakes, sandwiches, smoothies, ice cream, milkshakes, muffins, on toast, battered, grilled...... I am also sporting the latest Marc Ellis book as like his cook book, people buy it for their student/son because of Marc Ellis. I am hoping it is a better read than his Cook Book. I am wearing an All Blacks supporter top. Because of our $100 limit with gifts between children in our family this was more of an option than a legitimate actual rugby top, but more practical. When thinking about why less people wear All Blacks gear in New Zealand than say wear the England football top in England, it is simple, price. Lillywhites in London sell legitimate England football tops for 12 pounds. They actually sell All Black tops for 35 pounds. This is cheaper than in New Zealand where you pay $159 or $139 for All Black replica tops. Finally in my other hand I am holding a bag of male toiletries to use to impress the ladies. What is my Dad saying when giving me such a gift. Do I stink?
We actually thought we were stuffed with our secret Santa in my house because two of the Santas, my brother and sister were away in Tahiti and Switzerland and Big Guy who scrutinised and made the draw forgot who was buying for whom. So I knew I was buying for my sister, but we didn't know who the unlabelled gifts left by my sister under the tree were for. Problem was solved at night when my other brother gave me my gift. He will have to wait until his twin brother gets back from Tahiti.
Anyway remember it is about giving not receiving.