Christmas Wrapup

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Santa's Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh,
originally uploaded by warwick.

We had a great Christmas with Tammy’s family in Des Moines, IA this year. If it was up to me, we do it the same way every year except I’d remember to wash my hands more often as I picked up a nasty sinus infection. Yuk!

We arrived on Saturday and stayed through Tuesday morning. Tammy and I had a great time watching Blair and Mary (Tammy’s sister) prep their house for Santa’s first visit. Their daughter/our niece Julia was finally old enough to understand the concept of Santa but Blair and Mary handled it well. Santa would only bring her three presents because “that’s how many Jesus got on his birthday”. That allowed her to understand some limits on gifts, reinforce the role of Jesus in Christmas celebrations and also explain where the big pile of “stuff” came from.

I took a bunch of pictures with a new camera, a Canon PowerShot S2 IS that I picked up from Amazon earlier in the week. It’s a fantastic camera, purchased mainly so we could take better pictures of jewelry for a catalog for Tammy. The PowerShot also does movies in full 640px480p which makes them easy to shoot and watch later. If your in the market for a camera, your first stop should be the [Digital Camera Resource Page]( Jeff’s been doing reviews for *years* and keeps the format the same, allowing you to easily and accurately compare cameras, features and quality of pictures. The site (and Jeff’s review) helped me understand that there was little difference between last year’s PowerShot S2 IS and this year’s S3 model. That meant that I could get a great camera at a closeout price.

I got some great gifts, starting with the trip to Des Moines. Tammy bought me the *best screwdriver* I’ve ever used, a Craftsman model with a bit reservoir and an easy change mechanism. No more losing bits! She also got me Polo Double Black cologne, new drill bits, the Ken Jennings book “Brainiac” (review coming soon) and a great sweater from Banana Republic.

In all, the best Christmas ever.

1 thought on “Christmas Wrapup

  1. I had no idea that $20 screwdriver from Sears would be so cool. It was a fun Christmas. Spending time with my sister and her family is always a good time.

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