My Christmas Gift

As often happens this time of year, during the night Paula got cold and she rolled over and gave me a hug in order to “steal my warmth” as she so wonderfully puts it.  I have been thinking the past few days of all the men who would give everything they had if their Christmas gift was to have their wife roll over and give them a hug – but their wife isn’t there any more.

No rational person would wish to go through the tests and surgeries and treatments and hospital visits and chemotherapies and all that goes with a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Yet, with all that this year has brought us I am grateful that Paula was persistent in going back to the doctors when the initial test results indicated that there was no cancer.  I’m so grateful that we had the help of all the surgeons and oncologists and nurses and all the people who make it their job to help people who are literally facing death.  I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support of our friends and families.  I can only offer my heartfelt thanks.

And the only Christmas gift I want for the rest of my life is to be Paula’s “hot water bottle”.

Only 12 Days of Christmas

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Somebody snitched on Maryland’s North Bethesda Methodist Church. The church opened up a Christmas tree lot on its grounds on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, just as it has for the past six years. Three days later, a Montgomery County inspector showed up to tell them it’s against county ordinances to sell Christmas trees before Dec. 5. Oh, and their signs were larger than the county allows, so he shut them down.
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True Love’s Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas: Chirstmas Price Index

True Loves to face most expensive Christmas ever as PNC Christmas Price Index jumps 8.1% in 2008.

Cost of “The 12 Days of Christmas” Song Items Reflect Consumer Pricing Trends; Interactive Web Site Provides Teachers and Students With Insights on U.S. Economy.

Each year, the Christmas Price Index reflects trends in the broader economy. This year, commodities prices, concerns about increased energy and shipping costs, jobs, and a second straight minimum wage increase were major factors in the cost.

Swans have always been expensive because they are rare: in 1995 there were only 14,000. French hens are “cheaper” because they are in less demand. Performance artists such as pipers piping or drummers drumming receive higher wages due to their specialized skills – while maids-a-milking are the only unskilled laborers in the index.

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The PNC Christmas Price Index increased by a lavish 8.1 percent over last year, the second biggest leap in the history of the whimsical economic analysis by PNC Wealth Management based on the cost of gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
the cost of the PNC CPI is $21,080 in 2008, $1,573 more than last year.
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7 Swans-a-Swimming
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seven swans a-swimming proved to be a driver of this year’s index, carrying the greatest weight with a whopping 33.3 percent increase due to their scarcity
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Five gold rings
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True Loves will pay less for the five gold rings this year. Retail prices dropped by 11.4 percent
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Two other costs in the CPI dropped this year: three French hens and Six geese-a-laying
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eight maids a-milking received a raise for the second straight year, due to another increase in the federal minimum wage
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12 drummers drumming
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the drummers drumming, pipers piping and Llrds-a-leaping—jumped a modest 3 percent
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PNC CHRISTMAS PRICE INDEX 1984 – 2008
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True Loves will pay more than ever before—$86,609—for all 364 items, up from $78,100 in 2007
10.9 percent increase
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Ancient Mass Media Report

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How did the ancient mass media report the alleged birth of Christ? The People’s Cube prepared the following compilation of quotes from the Roman and Judean sources, which should help our readers to form an unbiased opinion of what really happened in the days surrounding the so-called Christmas

� 2007 Directorate of Historical Revisionism, Karl Marx Treatment Center.
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