• Brian Gallagher

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth


“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note attached saying ‘toys not included’.” – Bernard Manning

Done your Christmas shopping yet? Nope, me neither. Now there are two types of people: the organized proactive happily engaged Christmas shopper, and me. Now even though I can sometimes be prone to give in to my Grinchy side, beautiful people, truth be told I love the holiday season. The house gets decorated and lit up as soon as my loving wife lets me. I used to send out hundreds of cards each year until the evil world wide interweb started being the bringer of Christmas greetings (usually with an ad for cheap shoes attached); and having pimento olives in my Bombay martini instead of the usual queen olives? Well that just makes the season even more festive in my humble opinion. Look up “pimento olives” on the Google to really get my Christmas reference – sometimes I think I’m funny…

But with all of that said I still have not mastered the art of Christmas shopping. Easily finding the perfect gift for that special someone kind of thing. I watch all those commercials on TV showing people giving and receiving the exact gift they were always wanting shot in a Norman Rockwell setting with soft lighting, fashion clothing and genuine smiles that have been through 14 sessions of laser whitening. Then I think “Is that really the way it’s supposed to happen?” I head out to the mall to see if having this perky attitude of Christmas positivity can make me feel like a 30-second TV star. For the most part, as I look at all the faces of shoppers around me I see that I am not alone in my conundrum.

Other than the happy smiling faces of some children, for the most part we look like a horde of dishevelled lemmings running from store to store trying to get this stressful experience over with as soon as possible before the pressure causes us to spontaneously combust. Too harsh? Hopefully most of you good people fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes but can I get an “Amen!” from the members of the congregation who relate to my gift-giving paranoia? May the upcoming two weeks bring you shopping peace and gifting bliss. Namaste my friends. Namaste.

But if it is all too much then blow off your shopping anxieties with these upcoming events this season:

The Turtle Pond Lane Gang, Messy Church, Greenwood Ceilidh and Judi Meade & Gang invite everyone to St. Mary’s Annual Christmas Carol Sing at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 273 Main Road, Hudson on Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m. Bring your own instruments and bells and join in the singing and fun! Complimentary cookies and juice will be served. Admission is free!

At the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges there are only a few days left to catch an exhibition presenting various aspects of everyday life on a small scale. Characters, animals and scenes of everyday life are highlighted from decorative or customary objects from folk art or craft as well as industrial production. Catch it until December 21, 2018. The museum is located at 431 avenue Saint-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

For some last minute crafty shopping, the Municipality of Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac invites you to visit the Salon des artisans which will be held on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Centre, 128 rue des Rigolets, Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac.

Until next week beautiful people – practice safe shopping.


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