Thursday, December 15, 2011

News, Views, This & That. . .



Last night on the 8 p.m. news, reporters took to the streets in Paris to randomly ask men and women whether they usually found what they were hoping to receive beneath the Christmas tree.



The vast majority said, "almost never." Men were disappointed by the scarf, scarf, scarf gift when what they really wanted was the latest iPad. Women desired a specific handbag which Santa never seemed to be able to find, instead year after year they open a store wrapped, random bottle of perfume, bought they suspected at the last minute. However, women over 60 wished for that random bottle of perfume and instead usually found a box of chocolates instead.  The only receivers who were happy with their cadeaux were those 20-ish and under because apparently no one knows what to give them so instead they get an envelope with money to choose for themselves. They like that.



I'm now off to have my hair "broomed" (highlights) so I too will look bright and festive in keeping with the season. My toes, as of yesterday, are a cheery cherry red.

Hello Facebook

If you found my announcement about  Facebook  a tad large/obnoxious yesterday I just wanted you to know I'm officially over there and will have a little tidbit of something for you every day. Next I'll figure out, or rather my friend Annette will tell me, how to befriend back. I'm baby-stepping my way into the experience, plus I have a really, really excellent reason for wanting to "build" my Facebook presence. (I almost can't believe I'm talking like that, "my Facebook presence. . . What next?)

Soon it will be small and discreet on this page, sort of like me. Not small, but rather discreet.

A Huge Surprise

Before I run out the door, I must tell you about tomorrow. I'm doing a giveaway. It's hugely chic, very appropriate for the season and honestly I love it. In fact, I wish the company -- did I say trés, trés chic (?!) -- would include me on its Noel gift list.

19 comments:

Rayna St. Pierre said...

Well, I have to tell you. Other than a "surprise" date with my husband or an impromptu day in NYC, my favorite gift is also cash or a gift card. It's fun to think about the possibilities of what to buy, and even more delightful to spend other people's money. There's no guilt.

Perhaps I should get on the Facebook bandwagon...

...And I will be checking back compulsively to see about this giveaway! Have a great day everyone!

Jeanne-Aelia Desparmet-Hart said...

My my, Letitia, we ARE arriving into the 21st century...congratulations!
and I hope I get the Ipad... but if not, 2 out of my 4 children here with us will be better for Xmas than anything( except the 4)
à bientôt.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I wrote an article in the local newspaper this week about WHAT NOT TO BUY teachers for Christmas! After polling over 40 teachers, the number one gift NOT to buy was coffee mugs!! The number one gift to buy was gift cards...they did not want boxed body lotions or candy either!! I still struggle with Face Book..it is so time consuming and right now I give all that time to the blog. It is a dilemma...hope you have more success with it!

déjà pseu said...

Ooh, I can hardly wait to see what your giveaway will be. Knowing you, it will something incredibly chic and au courrant.

Frugal Scholar said...

I've had the experience of watching someone open a gift, look baffled, and say "thanks," all the while thinking: I would have loved that! Gifts are so hard.

bella said...

They especially designed kits for the mustang hids. These kits were technically designed by the exterior designers of the car to support the car at 280 Km/h speed. When they introduced the Mustang FR500 with the kits attached,the car was able to generate speed greater than 200 Km/h.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

You've really got me curious about that chic giveaway!
Gift giving is often hit and miss, I try to think of the person's taste when choosing a gift and if in doubt I opt for something consumable like soap, chocolates, candles or wine.

kathy peck said...

The poll is not surprising to me at all. Once our kids were teenagers (unless there was a special request for an item) we always gave money as their "large" gift. A few other small things, so there'd be something to open, too.
My grandfather always gave my grandmother a check for any occasion. It used to crack me up as a child! That's what she wanted, they ran their household the old-fashioned way, her receiving a budgeted amount of money per month, so she used to buy art or antique silver with her bonus money.
BTW - you have what's called a "public page" - you can't friend anyone back from it. They can only "like" the page, and become followers, much like a blog. I have a public page on FB - Kathy Peck Studio, and now have close to 16,000 followers. Also have a private page.
Excited about your giveaway, and I've never been interested before - I have a feeling something quite chic.

coffeeaddict said...

I always get what I want because I ask for it in advance. My longstanding policy has been to write down 5 to 10 things I wanted and ask Mr. C to do the same. This way it's still somewhat of a surprise and we always include one or two trinkets of our own.

That's Not My Age said...

Is it an iPad?

kathy peck said...

Is it cash? Or a Birkin?

Tish Jett said...

Right, Kathy, It's a Birkin filled with cash and an iPad slipped in to separate the large denominations.

Soooo exciting don't you think girls?

Jean S said...

I just "liked" you on FB. Good for you for entering those waters. And I look forward to your postings!

Mean Mama said...

Very happy you have jumped into the Facebook pool with the rest of us kiddies!
Rosemary

Villette said...

"A store-wrapped, random bottle of perfume, bought they suspected at the last minute." I'd say the French women you surveyed were telling the precise truth. I lived in Paris over one winter a long time ago, and I remember walking past the Guerlain shop in the Rue St Honoré in the rainy gloom of the afternoon before Christmas. The shop was packed to the windows with well-dressed men, all of them it seemed to me in a mild panic...

helen tilston said...

What an interesting survey and so disappointing when one considers all the hours spent in trying to find the perfect gift
Looking forward to your giveaway
Helenxx

sara said...

Now that our kids are all in the 20-ish age group and LOVE cash, my DH and I have resorted to each buying our own larger, unnecessary item during the autumn and wishing each other 'Merry Christmas' when it arrives. . .

It's SO much better than all that psychological strain of thinking up gifts that might miss the mark. . .

Carol said...

l will have to hop onto facebook, find your page and ' Like' you !

How sad that so many people are disappointed with their gifts from Santa.

Joan said...

I'm with Coffee Addict on this one. I grew up in a house where Santa "only brought surprises". I learned early that not all surprises are felicitous. And no, it wasn't because Santa was strapped for cash!

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