Another reason I've been light on the blogging lately is typical for this time of year: Christmas shopping. I'm all done now, and it was fairly painless -- even the insanity of trips to the mall on a Saturday and a Sunday in December. The only irritating thing was in the way people these days appear sometimes to have completely forgotten that the concept of "personal space" ever existed -- at times, in various stores, I felt like a pinball being bumped around a set of bumpers.
We also taped all of the yearly Christmas specials so we could watch them on a single night -- Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and my favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas. We also ended up watching a couple of newer "sequels" to those classic shows, which were not very good. I'm all for sophisticated humor and whatnot, but the line "Let's go out in the snow and make a fertility goddess!" simply does not belong in a Christmas special. Nothing against fertility goddesses, but to everything a time and place, eh?