On Black Friday, Gary called his sister and suggested we all give each other two presents and that will be it. (And the angel chorus sings.)
Unfortunately, during the same conversation the sister-in-law said, "I always buy lots of plastic and paper supplies for Mom and Dad, but ... I'll just put them in a big storage box and that will be one present."
"You can't call that one present!" I called out loudly enough to get through the receiver, "Now he'll just put everything in two refrigerator boxes."
And of course, that's his new plan. But for just a moment, Christmas was manageable.
Even if we need a forklift to get Gary's Mom's "two presents" in the house, at least another decision was made: no "errand-running" presents. If you want a simple desk fan from Walgreen's, get it yourself. All presents will be a surprise. (Speaking of the owl fan, we're fairly certain that's one of the two presents we'll be getting from the Wonderfuls.)
This means there's a lot of pressure on the two presents. Gary's Mom needs a toaster, and I had to take this box out of his hands.
I think they had him at "Back to Basics," because REALLY what is more basic than eating only one item for breakfast, ever? How about a machine into which your pour milk, flour, and eggs, then at a programmed time in the early morning it deep fries a raw donut in some boiling oil? And then another machine that rolls out an omelet. I'm lazy enough to let a machine make my food, I just don't want to give up counter real estate for each dish.
The size turned him against the toaster above, plus she wants an easy-to-clean toaster. Unfortunately the Blackberry has told Gary that brushed stainless steel is the easiest to clean. Has anyone else heard this lie? I keep holding up display toasters and counting the fingerprints with him.