Friday Night Think Tank: Christmas Collectibles Edition

Doc BrownWe made it to another Friday night, Modern Philosophers!  Egg nogs all around to celebrate.  Let’s get into the Holiday Spirit!

It was another rough week, but I made mine easier to navigate by cutting it in half.  That day off on Wednesday was an excellent idea.

So I’ve got a little extra energy tonight as I head out to the Think Tank for our regular session.  Think you can keep up with me?

Since I’m all about dragging you kicking and screaming into the Holiday Season, this post is going to have a Christmas theme, too.

The week’s topic: Tell the group about something unique or odd that you collect, or were forced to collect, for the Holidays.

When I started to date my future ex-wife, the Holidays changed forever.  I didn’t have wild gift giving Christmases growing up, but she did.  I still remember that first Christmas we were a couple.  She asked me to walk to the post office with her, which was about a half mile from our dorm, to pick up a package from her Mom.

The thing was incredibly heavy and a struggle to haul back to Stern Hall.  On Christmas, I discovered why it was such a load.  It was a piece of furniture filled with dozens of gifts for her.  Her family did not skimp on Christmas.

After that, one gift would never be enough, and Christmas was much more fun for a boy who had grown up getting socks, pants, and underwear as presents.

Another tradition of her family was the giving of a theme gift.  Her parents were divorced, so I ended up getting two different themes out of the deal.

Her Mom would always get me a couple of gifts with a snowman them.  I really liked those, and am still quite partial to snowmen to this day.

Tabasco2Her Dad’s choice of theme, however, was not as appreciated.  For some reason, he decided to buy me ties every year.  Me, the writer, who never wore a tie.  And they weren’t just any ties.  They were Tabasco ties!

Bet you didn’t know Tabasco made ties.  There are some examples on the left.

They definitely were conversation starters.  Most of those conversation would start with, “Why the hell are you wearing such an ugly tie?”  They were hideous, but he put a lot of effort into tracking down about 5 of them every year.  We were together for some time, so I’ve got quite the collection.

Like I said, I don’t wear ties, but there are some really ugly Christmas ties in the bunch.  So, I try to remember to wear them this time of year.  Whenever I do, no matter how ugly the tie is, at least one coworker will demand to know why I’m “all dressed up”.

I never understood why he picked Tabasco ties for me, but for the sake of my marriage, I pretended to like them.  Lotta good that did me, huh, Modern Philosophers?

So what about you?  Any crazy Christmas collectibles?  Any odd Holiday Hoarding?

Remember, there are no wrong answers in the Think Tank, so just write whatever comes to mind.  I look forward to reading your comments, but not until after I’ve remembered how to tie one of these darn Tabasco ties…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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17 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Christmas Collectibles Edition

  1. I guess the closest thing I have are my holiday pj’s. My sister started this tradition, but every Christmas eve hubby and I try to give each other new, festive holiday pj’s. Unlike the Tabasco ties, these are things we actually like. 🙂

  2. floridaborne says:

    My sister and I used to get the ugliest gift we could find to give to each other. I gave her a black scarf with bright red chili peppers one year. Instead of laughing at it, she loved it and would often wear it to teach her classes. The gift I remember the most from her were the ugliest pink flamingo socks she could find. They’re so well made I still wear them during the wintertime. You’ll never forgot where those ugly ties came from. It made Christmas special or you wouldn’t be wearing them as a Christmas tradition. 🙂

  3. Tabasco ties are a big hit in the South!!! :-))

  4. Maybe your ugly ties could become part of an ugly sweater contest! Everyone’s having one these days…

  5. ksbeth says:

    when putting my tree up i noticed that virtually every ornament i had not given away was some of odd animal art. makes sense, i have always been drawn to those kind of pieces.

  6. gimpet says:

    My mother in law retired from Hallmark, so each year we get Hallmark ornaments. I have hundereds of them dating back to the 70’s. Enough that I had to say ‘stop please’. 🙂

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