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what I hate is gift card exchanges.... "what do you want for Christmas? Ill take a gift card from (fill in the blank), ok, I would like one from (fill in another blank)..."

 

How about you both keep your 20.00, Ill keep mine and we can spend it how we were planning on it anyway (and save your self some time)...

Yeah. 

 

I do love getting the gift cards, but I do hate giving them, and mostly because it feels like we're just exchanging twenty dollar bills that are actually less useful than a twenty dollar bill.

 

 

I have a niece and nephew that are still getting started and we're giving them yuppie food coupons (I also call them Universal Gift Certificates) this year. I'm given to understand that they work everywhere.  ^_^

 

 

  I've got a tip on this - you can fold 2 yuppie food coupons into an Origami Ninja Throwing Star (or, if you like, a Christmas Tree decoration), which seems to make them more palatable as gifts for some reason : ).  Here's a link to get you started, http://www.papercrafty.com/2005/how-to-make-an-origami-ninja-star, although I personally use a slightly different way of achieving the same aim.

 

  Tipping with them seems to be fairly memorable as well:  I've had more than one person say "Oh, that's so cool, I'm going to keep that"

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what I hate is gift card exchanges.... "what do you want for Christmas? Ill take a gift card from (fill in the blank), ok, I would like one from (fill in another blank)..."

 

How about you both keep your 20.00, Ill keep mine and we can spend it how we were planning on it anyway (and save your self some time)...

Yeah. 

 

I do love getting the gift cards, but I do hate giving them, and mostly because it feels like we're just exchanging twenty dollar bills that are actually less useful than a twenty dollar bill.

 

 

I have a niece and nephew that are still getting started and we're giving them yuppie food coupons (I also call them Universal Gift Certificates) this year. I'm given to understand that they work everywhere.  ^_^

 

 

  I've got a tip on this - you can fold 2 yuppie food coupons into an Origami Ninja Throwing Star (or, if you like, a Christmas Tree decoration), which seems to make them more palatable as gifts for some reason : ).  Here's a link to get you started, http://www.papercrafty.com/2005/how-to-make-an-origami-ninja-star, although I personally use a slightly different way of achieving the same aim.

 

  Tipping with them seems to be fairly memorable as well:  I've had more than one person say "Oh, that's so cool, I'm going to keep that"

 

In what context are you tipping $40? :blink:

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In what context are you tipping $40? :blink:

 

 

 

  Well, I don't come from a tipping nation so when I visit the US I tip the pizza delivery girl $40.  That's the norm, right?

 

 

  Actually, I tend to tip big when I tip at all because I'm usually doing it because someone has made my night a delight.  We don't tip by default here in New Zealand.  That being said, I don't always tip $40 - I usually have three ninja stars in my wallet.

 

2 x $5

2 x $10

2 x $20

 

  That way I can tip people and pretend I'm a ninja, and not bankrupt myself.

 

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In what context are you tipping $40? :blink:

 

 

 

  Well, I don't come from a tipping nation so when I visit the US I tip the pizza delivery girl $40.  That's the norm, right?

 

 

  Actually, I tend to tip big when I tip at all because I'm usually doing it because someone has made my night a delight.  We don't tip by default here in New Zealand.  That being said, I don't always tip $40 - I usually have three ninja stars in my wallet.

 

2 x $5

2 x $10

2 x $20

 

  That way I can tip people and pretend I'm a ninja, and not bankrupt myself.

 

 

No, it's not the norm, but around major holidays I tend to tip more than I do during the rest of the year. Normally, I go between 10% and 25% depending on the quality of service, but mid-November - mid-January that bumps up to 25% - 35%. Waitresses/waiters make crap in the US. Pizza delivery folks make a little more than waitresses/waiters, but not a whole lot more.

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Okay, I like Christmas carols, I really do. I even like a fair amount of modern-ish songs (more like 50s/60s Christmas standards). But I've discovered that along with Santa Baby, I really just do no like the marshmallow song. In fact, I'm beginning to detest it.

 

And the other day they played twice in a row :wacko:

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But the idea of a "mandatory Christmas party" to me is utterly alien. Sounds like something Your Friend The Computer would mandate...

...or the military...

Yep. When I was stationed in Panama my airborne unit had 'Mandatory Fun Days'. Stay in the barracks and read a book? Nope! Get on the plane and jump out of it. You know, your regular day job...I guess the fun was not having to jump with full gear.

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Okay, I like Christmas carols, I really do. I even like a fair amount of modern-ish songs (more like 50s/60s Christmas standards). But I've discovered that along with Santa Baby, I really just do no like the marshmallow song. In fact, I'm beginning to detest it.

 

And the other day they played twice in a row :wacko:

I meant to post this here, but I think I missed.

 

My favorite "modern" Christmas music from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Okay. Christmas 'specials' and Christmas movies are begining to hit my "detest This Shtuff" list. Elf was kinda cute once, the original Home Alone was quite amusing, and still holds up, and Charlie Brown is classic....umm yeah, I think that's pretty well it everything else I have seen thus far this year has either lost it's charm or never had any to begin with.

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I like "Hogfather."

We celebrate Hogswatch in my home.  

 

Not to invite a flame war, but I am not a particularly faith-oriented person, and Hogswatch is a holiday I find easier to get behind than a festival for a religion I do not subscribe to.  Meat. Gifts. Decorations. And if you fail to observe it, the Sun will not rise the next day, although ball of burning plasma will continue on it's path just the same.

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Until my kids got too big and busy, I would read "Hogfather" to them aloud every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

I loved doing the voices. I am still fond of my Foul Ol' Ron, and the compromise voice I worked out for Death, who properly doesn't have a voice, exactly.

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Until my kids got too big and busy, I would read "Hogfather" to them aloud every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

I loved doing the voices. I am still fond of my Foul Ol' Ron, and the compromise voice I worked out for Death, who properly doesn't have a voice, exactly.

Buggrit. Millenium hand and shrimp!

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Until my kids got too big and busy, I would read "Hogfather" to them aloud every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I loved doing the voices. I am still fond of my Foul Ol' Ron, and the compromise voice I worked out for Death, who properly doesn't have a voice, exactly.

 

Buggrit. Millenium hand and shrimp!

Foul Ol' Ron was always pretty rough on the throat. But it made it all the easier to do Coffin Henry. :;):

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