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'Christmas' Categories

Extravagant Gifts

Every Christmas Neiman Marcus publishes an exotic gift catalogue. Here are a few offerings from 2006 (in case you're still doing some last minute shopping): 

  • You can get a skyscraper sculpture made entirely "of thousands of No. 2 pencils precision-sharpened to exactly the right sizes." It stands 7 feet in the air. It's yours for only $40,000. 

  • For just $5,000 to $7,000 you can get a luxury pet home. They come with interior rugs and coordinating wallpaper, or with a plush armchair of Italian leather for your pooch to rest on. 

  • Or you can buy a membership to the Castiglion Del Bosco ("Castle in the Woods") Club in Italy. It's nestled among the ruins of a medieval fortress. The price is kind of steep - $3.8 million – but you get the use of a luxury vehicle whenever you visit. 

  • Or there's a chartered trip to outer space for six. Aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, you'll fly 63 miles above the earth—and when you return get a four-night stay at Virgin Chairman Richard Branson's private retreat in the British Virgin Islands. It's a bargain at $1.7 million.

    Reference: "A space ride for Christmas, CNNMoney.com, October 4, 2006.  

  • Surprised by John Madden

    I grew up in Denver, and I grew up on the Denver Broncos. In Denver, pretty much everyone does. In Denver, the Broncos are like a major religious denomination. Even in those days (around 1970), when it seemed ... [Read More]

    Reference: Pastor Bill Ray, Desert Joy Christian Fellowship

    A Hectic Time of Year

    Christmas is not necessarily a peaceful time of year. This year (Christmas 2006) some stores announced that they are going to be open some ridiculous hours: 

  • At one mall in Elmhurst, NY, Limited Brands&#... [Read More]

    Reference: CNN.com, 12/22/2006

  • Wow! Gifts

    Each Christmas Neiman Marcus puts out an exotic gift list. Some of 2008’s offerings:

    •The Limited Edition Fighter Motorcycle from the Confederate Motor Company. A street-legal, 190 mph, sci-fi dream come to lif... [Read More]

    Reference: “Wow! Gifts,” neimanmarcus.com (12-16-08)

    Fantasy Gifts

    Each Christmas Neiman Marcus publishes their list of "fantasy" gifts. For 2009 the entries include:

  • A $250,000 Icon sport aircraft, a "his and hers" two-seater, complete with FAA-certified Spo... [Read More]

    Reference: Vanessa O’Connell,"“The Shrinking of the Fantasy Gift," WSJ.com (10-7-09)

  • A Politically Correct ‘Merry Christmas’

    "Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday... [Read More]

    Reference: "Merry Christmas law," ahajokes.com

    Through the Storm on Christmas Eve

    Some years ago, Good Housekeeping magazine shared this story of a real-life Christmas miracle:

    On Christmas Eve 1973, Bill and Shirley Nunes were celebrating their first Christmas together. As Shirley ... [Read More]