Sunday, December 23, 2007

Yo, and a Happy Saturnalia to you, too!

(Temple of Saturn, Forum, Rome)

Well, ahem. I finally got into a little Christmas spirit yesterday and went to the mall. I'm glad to say, I got most of my shopping done. I don't usually go to the mall unless driven by shear necessity and so it is always an interesting to people watch along with the shopping. I think that I am channeling my mom this year, as I have been acting a bit like her. She loved to watch those TV informercials, and it was always interesting to see what she felt that we must have at Christmastime.

Mercifully she never bought me one of these Margarator Margarita Makers or a Nostalgia Corndog Deep Fryer or even this Hershey kiss shaped chocolate fondue pot. But that doesn't mean my family is escaping from infomercial products or appliances entirely :).

I had a lovely panini at Melt Gelato and Crepe Cafe where franchise opportunities are still available. And where I saw an 8-year old wearing the most awsome, must have, pink Ugg-like boots.

The lines were not too long at the mall and the longest line? The one for the California Lottery gift card, of course!

I'm glad I don't have to shop for this large family.

Over the objections of their dad's seventh wife that Christmas was a pagan celebration and even though all they had to give were the presents made with bits and bobs, all of the other Mormon mom's still wanted to give their children a gift, albeit even if it was made with an old broom handle.

So, even if we owe it's origins to those marvelous ancient, pagan Romans, a Merry Christmas or Io Saturnalia to us all.

7 comments:

mental mosaic said...

I actually love the Magic Bullet that my sister bought me. The infomercial for it is pretty funny, as well. But the product works great! Alas, I was unable to bring it to Napoli with me.

Happy Holidays to you & yours! :)

homebody at heart said...

Thank you, Tui. We must be psychic. I bought something similar but it's probably a knockoff because it's made in China. It looks a lot like the Magic Bullet though.

mental mosaic said...

Fascinating article you linked to, also. Imagine have 47 siblings. Whew!

homebody at heart said...

Just think about how many cousins there must be since her grandfather and great-grandfather were polygamists, too. And contrary to her statement on welfare, I think that is how many of them survive. She must be part of the sect of Warren Jeffs. He was convicted this summer of forcing a 15-year old girl to marry her 19-year old cousin.

Maryann said...

My inlaws love to watch the infomercials when they visit. I have to laugh. They really get into it and must have everything.
I want to wish you a very Happy New Year. Here's to 2008!

homebody at heart said...

Thank you and a Happy New Year to you and your family Let's hope for all good things to come.

Maryann said...

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog. Much appreciated :)
(To answer your question..I'm a home cook.)