Do you want to have handmade presents for Christmas, rather than plastic from China ordered through Amazon? That's a way of doing things.
Gamaroo is a game where you have the classic roll a die
and move your piece down a path. Some of the spaces have challenges on them,
often questions. This is intended for a whole family
as a Christmas present. Gamaroo has been moved to the Games page, or you can go
You could make Gamaroo for a family including kids and tweak it for your needs.
In theory it could be a lot of fun, with everything from push your luck with dice to
trying to make people laugh to a physical challenge. A lot of questions.
You could make Stand By Me (see the Games page)
and stuff it in a little Altoids tin.
This might not be useful, but now I can
entertain the possibility that someone is doing this.
Get two red dice, two white dice, some squares or rectangles of paper, and a small
pencil to write names. Cram it all in an Altoids tin.
This has advantages. It is both small and rugged. This handmade, or hand assembled
thing is easy to make can be tossed out if you don't want it. The rules are simple. It could be fun. You just need a dozen willing players to get together to play this
unproven game during a pandemic.
Q: Will someone be excited by this?
A: No. Even I didn't give this as a gift.
But let's consider the advantages.
Handmade. You can check that box. Make it from posterboard, or whatever material you
think is best.
It is small. With a five-inch width, it could fit in a stocking.
The game is not too long, and the rules are easy to understand (at least I think they
This is a good game. It has the right amount of complexity. The two sides will be
tend to be even throughout the game, so the amount of challenge is steady throughout
(As someone who does not like gummy candies) I've suddenly taken a liking to
Turkish Delight, or lokum. This Usas product comes from Turkey.
We're not sure what ingredient makes it what it is. It is something in between
food and candy. You won't look at other candy the same way again.
More than one person is going to get this from me for Christmas.
You can get it from your local middle east store.
It's good for a variety of people, like Aunt Ralph.
I've been debating getting the
rose flavour product (read the blurb) for someone named Rose.
It has the nice stunt name for my purposes, and a girly look. However, it is
an inferior taste to other Turkish Delight. Having said that, I would love to have
a box of this right now, with its subtle rose. Unlike the other variants this
has a pile of
fine sugar on it, which makes it messy.
It has become tradition for me to put a group of four of these Tunnock's bars
under the tree.
Wrap the group in a red ribbon and don't put a label on it.
These sweets are nice, but it's the look that makes it extra appropriate for Christmas.
Gingerbread cookies haven't been on the agenda for years, but I love them and they
are part of Christmas tradition.
Nuts and metal nutcrackers are on the agenda. They're traditional, nutritious,
fun to eat. You could put them in an inexpensive Christmas basket, or something more
I will give a number of drinks to a number of people. It's what I do.
I might find some Moxie in my stocking, and I might find out what that red Cheerwine
Sorrel, with a red ribbon, has a seasonal red look. There can be an ethnic angle.
Peruvians drink purple corn juice, chicha morada. My Trinidadian friend said they
would have Peardrax on Christmas.
You know that Peter Jackson film "They Shall Not Grow Old" about the Great War
that got all that buzz? It turns out that a variety of things makes this
surprisingly good, feeling new, putting you in a different world from a soldier's
point of view. It is focused on the British Army.
Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all
wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the
Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened
bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount
Cyanide to get the ten commandos. He died before he ever reached Canada
but the commandos made it.
Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was
actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't
have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth.
Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people
advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock which
is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic
In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and
threw the java.
Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides
of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king.
Dying, he gasped out: "Same to you, Brutus."
Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for
reasons I don't really understand. The English and French still have
Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen," As a queen she was a success. When
she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah!" and that
was the end of the fighting for a long while.
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented
removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the
circulation of blood.
Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes
and started smoking.
Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which was
very dangerous to all his men.
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was
born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and
is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and
hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter.
Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. They lived in Italy.
Romeo's last wish was to be laid by Juliet but her father was having none
of that that I'm sure. You know how Italian fathers are.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote
Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise
Lost. Since then no one ever found it.
Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress.
Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the
Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing
two cats backward and also declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot
stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died
in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own
hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation
On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot
in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the
assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposing insane actor. This ruined
Johan Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number
of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up
in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous
composer in the world and so was Handle. Handle was half German, half
Italian, and half English. He was very large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he
wrote loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long walks in
the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in
1827 and later died for this.
The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions.
People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The
invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up.
Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits but I don't know why.
Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He sort of said God's days were not just
24 hours but without watches who knew anyhow? I don't get it.
Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she did.
Other women have become scientists since her but they didn't get to find
radios because they were already taken.
Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers. The other three were in the
movies. Karl made speeches and started revolutions. Someone in the family had to
have a job, I guess.