For me it was certainly a rock and roll weekend Christmas. This year my Christmas lists were dominated by all things music. Although not a new development by any means, the music theme was particularly strong this year.
However, I must say that I was disappointed with the yearly Rolling Stone rock gift guide. Too many items on the list were much too expensive for the average family Christmas list. Most items were over $100 and many others were $250 and higher. Mixing in some items that ranged between $25 and $50 with the mega box sets and expensive audio equipment would have been a nice touch considering most people are not out of this Great Recession yet. (I must admit I'd still love one of THESE.)
With that said, I feel extremely lucky to have received these gifts. Below is a list of what landed under my tree this year. I hope Santa Claus was good to you or you were pleased with the generosity of others for your respective holiday tradition. Wouldn't it be great if we could all receive a "Five Pound Box of Money" like Pearl Bailey asked for all those years ago? Alas, we can dream all we want.
A $25.00 gift certificate to the Record Exchange (St. Louis used record store)
$30.00 worth of iTunes gift cards
Rolling Stone Rock Trivia
A classic "Maximum R&B t-shirt from The Who
Hearos earplugs (Made in the U.S.A.)
And for my December birthday... Third Man Records iPhone case