Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crazy Christmas Gifts…

I drove to Jackson, Tn. early this morning for a Doctor’s appointment and while listening to the local radio show they were talking about crazy Christmas gifts. Listeners called in with their own versions of “crazy”…I loved the lady who called and told about getting grave markers one memorable year…yep … he told her he loved her “forever”…roflol…I actually called in…I called in to tell about a former mother-in-law who gave me half of a dish towel…she gave the other half to another daughter-in-law…the lady I talked with at the radio station is still laughing.


Disclaimer…this is not the half-towel…I just wish it had looked half this good…

When I received my half-towel, it wasn’t funny, in fact, it took a couple of decades for it to become funny. At least I don’t have to deal with that dingbat anymore… I also got one of a set of figurines one year, the same sister-in-law got the other one…I threw mine away…I know…I should have given mine to the sister-in-law, that’s why I didn’t…

imageThe set of figurines didn’t look this good either…



All of this is why I love my son-in-law…he loves me in spite of the stupid things I do…I’m looking forward to having a daughter-in-law one of these days, I’ve learned a lot of the things “not” to do.




Michael likes to tell about the “velvet Elvis” that traveled the world with his submarine fleet…Elvis traveled the east and west coasts, and was gifted to many new homes around submarine bases. The painting showed up at a lot of birthday parties, it was presented as as a wedding gift to a couple who divorced after forty-five days. The painting was acquired in Tijuana and painted by a local artist and was last seen at the Millington, TN. Naval Base in 1993 when the submarine branch was phased out of that base.image


Do you have any “crazy” Christmas gifts in your past, if so, share them with us in the comments section…we all need a laugh…and you can always use the anonymous option if you’d like :-)


  1. I can't think of any crazy gifts off the top of my head...but I can relate to having a crazy mother in law. I got rid of mine also...when I divorced her son.

  2. Yes, I remember a crazy Christmas gift. My dad and I one Christmas bought a can of sardines. We put one brown lunch bag on the can. Then turned the can the other way and put another brown lunch bag on the can of sardines. Do you remember those brown lunch bags? The gift got bigger and bigger. It was hug by the time we were finished. It was to be a gag gift for an older friend of my father's. Jim (that was my dad's friend) really got a kick out of it.
    Joyce M

  3. When my first hubby and I were married---I was shocked to see that his family --including all of the cousins and everyone-- exchanged Christmas gifts. My hubby and I were in college and we didn't have an extra dime to our name. It was SO hard that everyone expected us to exchange gifts with so many people --in that huge family. Everyone bought cheap, lousy gifts --but for us, buying about 50 cheap gifts added up. I hated that more than anything... AND--we always got about 50 gifts in return--most of which were things we had to just throw away...

    I cannot think of any of the specific gifts we received (things like a piece of 'used' jewelry) --but let me tell you, they were HORRIBLE... I'm glad I am no longer in that family. ha ha

    Have a very Merry Christmas.
    Lots of Hugs,

  4. I have to say my mother in law has always treated me like gold and in return I do her.
    I know how lucky I am.
    Funny how all of you who had the crazy MILs also got rid of the sons. Hmmmmm. See a connection here?

  5. I can't remember getting any crazy gifts like this, but I enjoyed a chuckle over your gifts.

  6. This is a nice story fr the holidays.

    Merry Christmas to you and to your family. Here's my Outdoor Wednesday post.

  7. Nice blog. May the spirit of Christmas reside in our hearts and souls all year round. Merry Christmas!!.

  8. Too funny! I am glad you are treating your son in law so much better than you were treated! Live and learn! I'm the same with my sons girlfriend! It's not that difficult to be nice! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for the laugh! Sherri : )

  9. Nice post! Merry Chrismtas to you and your family.



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