It's December 23rd, and I still haven't figured out what to get our 12 year old for Christmas. He has repeatedly asked for the same three items over the past month, hoping against hope that he'll wear us down and we'll cave.
An Airsoft gun
Modern Warfare for the PS3
A box of fresh donuts
Apparently, "all the kids" in school have airsoft guns and are allowed to play Modern Warfare to their hearts' delight. And poor P is the only one in middle school with overprotective parents. Sigh. Not happy with being able to do these things at his friends' houses, he wants to be able to host his own war-themed events. Maybe we are the most conservative parents in 7th grade, but we're sticking to our guns (pun intended). He won't be getting these kinds of gifts from us any time soon.
That just leaves a box of donuts. I'm all for getting him the donuts for Christmas, but I can't find a single donut shop that will be open on Christmas morning! The clock is ticking and I'm getting desperate.
I've been devoting all my brainpower to figuring out what to get this kid, and as a result, the blog has suffered for it. Please accept my apologies.
So today's post is a bit of a cheat: a video of my neighbor's over the top holiday light show.
The first year they put together this light spectacular, I thought we had moved in next to the Griswold's. It has a slightly Las Vegas feel to it, and it took a good 3 days of driving past the flashing house before I noticed a sign out front with a radio station painted on it.
I turned on the radio to discover they've got...their own...radio station.
The music filling my ears synched up to the house lights, and suddenly little Las Vegas made sense to me. The songs are corny, and the loop is pretty short, but the kids love this holiday display, and I guess it I like it too, in all it's flashing glory. We look forward to it every year now.
This year they really pulled out all the stops and added sound bytes from, appropriately enough, Christmas Vacation.
I'll close this post with one last video I came across this morning. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but here it is, in it's entirety, The Star Wars Holiday Special. This thing is painful to watch, and I dropped out at about minute 5. Hoping it would get better, I jumped over to minute 40 and was mildly entertained by the flashback to 1978 with the commercials for All in the Family, Alice, and Dallas. As awful as this show is, I'm compelled to post it. How can I not? It's a Star Wars Holiday Special!