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Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Barbara Robinson
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Called one of America's favorite Christmas stories, and now a classic television movie, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" has been a favorite of young readers the world over since 1972. Funny, memorable, and outrageous, it is the story of a family of incorrigible children who discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyoone else rediscover its true meaning.
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bthegood
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#manicmonday #letterB @CBee
Thanks for the tag @wanderinglynn 🙂
Maybe not my “favorites“ but very well liked:
1. tagged (fun read or listen)
2. Peter Benchley (love Jaws)
3. Batman (original TV series - so fun)
4. B.B. King ('nuff said)
5. Bad Girls (Donna Summer - she was my go to during my teen years)

Make a great day everyone 🌞

Tera66 BAD GIRLS!🎶 I Love that song! 2mo
bthegood @Tera66 👍 2mo
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bthegood
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After reading @JoeMo and @CharityAnn reviews, thought I'd listen - loved it - really great story about true meaning of Christmas - in a hilarious (only tears of laughter here) way -

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

Make a great day everyone 🌲

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Charityann
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JoeMo
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I found this book last year and I‘ll listen to it every year at Christmas time. It‘s an absolutely wonderful tale about a church‘s Christmas pageant that goes delightfully wrong and yet ends up being more meaningful at the same time! I‘m an atheist and absolutely adore this book and recommend it to all regardless of one‘s beliefs. Elaine Stritch‘s narration is perfect. I plan to check out more of this series!

Charityann Just finished this one and really enjoyed it as well!😄 9mo
Jadams1776 🎅🏻🎄👍🏻 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Michael_Gee
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I‘ve loved this since I was a kid and returning to it as a non-religious adult, found I still loved it. This year I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the inimitable Elaine Stritch, the perfect person to give life to this funny, touching story about a group of feral children that bring the nativity story to life.

Reggie This book and all the Beverly Cleary Ramona books remind me of my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Muncy, who read all these books to us an 1 hr after lunch each day. 9mo
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A really cute kid‘s Christmas book with a touching ending!

#wintergames2021 #mistletoemaniacs 186 pts

#bookspinbingo - free space
#averymerrybingo - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
#tisthereadson - got 3 bingos and completed the board

MallenNC Yay! I‘m so glad you liked it. 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Jadams1776 🎄🎉 9mo
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ravenlee
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Kiddo was decorating the gingerbread house, hubby was setting up the tree and lights, and I was reading aloud from my favorite Christmas story of all time. It was a good evening.

Oh, and kiddo had her very first violin recital and absolutely knocked it out of the park! She played her solos, did a short ballet to the Sugar Plum Fairy music, then played in an ensemble for the finale. I‘m so proud of her - especially since she started in August! 🥰

Catsandbooks Way to go kiddo! 👏🏼 Sounds like a lovely day!! 💚❤️ 10mo
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TheSpineView Fantastic ❤🎄💚📖❤ 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
keys_on_fire I remember this book! Woohoo! 10mo
Jadams1776 🎉👍🏻🎄🎅🏻🎁 10mo
aperfectmjk @Jadams1776 using prompt 25 for this one. 10mo
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The Herdmans are the kids everyone wants to avoid-they steal, swear, hit little kids and smoke cigars. So when they decide to join the annual Christmas pageant it‘s assumed it‘s going to be the worst one ever. But somehow the Herdmans make it better. I‘ve always loved this and enjoy reading it every year.

26pts for #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 @Clwojick

Addison_Reads One of my favorites. 💚 My nephew is doing this play right now at a local community theater. It's been so much fun to watch. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute 💞 10mo
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Butterfinger
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I'm calling it a Black Out, even though the book I am reading with the 9 year old isn't finished - tagged. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!! 2y
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TheBookAddict
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The traditional church Christmas pageant is usually the same predictable re-enactment of the nativity that everyone attends and that the kids are a part of, but no one really enjoys. That is until everything that can will go wrong. From one thing to the other it seems like the Christmas pageant will be a disaster, all you can do is cringe, chuckle, and wait for the big day...and then you‘d probably cry a bit for the Herdmans.

#YesiReads

Lcsmcat My youngest played Gladys in a community theater production of this when she was 8. She had a blast! 2y
TheBookAddict @Lcsmcat I bet that was fun to be in and to watch! 2y
Lcsmcat @TheBookAddict It was! I can still quote lines from it and that 8 year old is 25 now. 2y
TheBookAddict @Lcsmcat 😆 👍🏽 2y
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Finished this one on Christmas Eve. I loved it as a child and it was fun to re-read. It‘s a sweet little story ❤️

Eggs Oh my girls loved this so much 2y
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I read this for the first time aloud to my kids. Funny, real, and a refreshing look at the Christmas story. The Herdmans make for a great story!

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I finished my holiday reread of this wonderful book that has been a part of my holiday traditions since 5th grade.

I adore the kids in this book and how they force those around them to change their thinking and remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. 🎅🎄💚

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Scochrane26 One of my favorites, too. 2y
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Chili
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Gotta love the Herdmans! #WinterGames2020
#ReadNosedReindeer

Nikki_E My siblings and I watched the movie version all the time. 2y
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ravenlee
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Started my all-time favorite Christmas read yesterday with the kiddo. I think I have read or been read this story every Christmas of my entire life.

marleed I love this book! 2y
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Thanks @RamsFan1963 for the tag!
1. Tagged
2. Bob Crachit ( I hope I would be that cheerful in the presence of Scrooge)
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩 2y
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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged book. I don‘t read many Christmas books, but this one I read a lot as a kid.
2. The Grinch
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 👍🎄😊 2y
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GardenJess
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Tree is up. Refraining from a lot of the ornaments bc with a 3 year old, a nanny share 1 year old and two cats, I‘m pretty sure the play yard the tree is camping in is not going to hold up. 😂

Texreader At least it‘s gorgeous tonight 2y
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howjessicareads
The Worst Kids in the World | Barbara Robinson
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Hi it‘s day 3 of fall break and I might strangle one of them. 🤣🤣🤣

Oh my gosh, I think their ears completely shut off the second fall break began. I‘m like a broken record over here. 😬🙄

marleed But cuteness helps :) 2y
Cortg Awe, how fun. I miss year round school!
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howjessicareads @marleed @Cortg they went to a neighbor‘s for an hour, and just came back, and we‘re all good again. We just needed a lil break. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Cortg Thanks goodness for neighbors! It takes a village, that‘s for sure! 2y
Megabooks Lol! Hang in there! 2y
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Christmas tradition number two. #MordecaiReads #morebookslessbullshit2019

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5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I have loved this book since the first time I read it. I reread it every few years for the happy feeling it leaves in the pit of my stomach. This year, we listened to it on audiobook in the car on the way to christmas dinner. Josh joined me for the listen, and for him it was the first time, and he was enthralled. He was grumpy about it, but he stayed awake for the entire thing and commented on who various characters remind him of. ⬇

LibrarianRyan It‘s his curmudgeonly way of saying he loved it. There is just something about the “worst” family in the community, deciding to upset the status quo to remind everyone that there is good in everyone, and that magic can come from children and adults alike. On a side note, the narrator for this audiobook was wonderful. I perfectly pictured a little old lady like my grandmother recounting this story as I listened. It was perfect.
#holidayread +26
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Scochrane26 Definitely one of my favorites from childhood. 3y
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Flib enjoyed the audiobook on the way to moms, demon was board an sleepy. Both are glad to be home.

#dogsoflitsy

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Always a good read. Personally, I‘m an atheist, but I get choked up reading this every year.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love that book! 3y
Megabooks I acted in that as a kid! 3y
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BarkingMadRun Cute! 3y
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Started the annual read-aloud with the kiddo today. Hubby was laughing at some of the funny bits, and I realized he‘s never listened in before. Then he said kiddo doesn‘t seem too interested in it (untrue, by the way, but it was snack and bedtime) - to which I say who cares? I read it for me, because it‘s my family tradition, and it‘s important to me whether anyone else follows along or not.

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I thought this would be a good family audio during our road trip to a family party today.... but could not go past 20 minutes. I tried, I did, but I couldn‘t. It felt backward and I hope it turns around at the end... but I didn‘t want to go through it. #holidayread #wintergames #teamnutcracker

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#WinterGames #MerryReaders #HolidayRead I loved this book as a kid. 💜

Clwojick 21 pt. 3y
Clwojick 21 pt. 3y
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This has become a holiday tradition to read this at Christmas every year. It‘s technically a children‘s book, but it is quite hilarious and enjoyable for adults as well. It is also a movie, which I need to track down. Highly recommended! 5⭐️

#WinterGames
#TMSkellington
#HolidayRead
#SharedHolidayTradition

Booksnchill Elaine Stritch- best narration of a book ever!!! 3y
Addison_Reads I've read this every year at Christmas since I was 10. I love it. 💚 3y
coffees 46pts!! 12-17 that looks like a cute and funny read xD 3y
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This has a soft spot in my heart because I played Imogene Herdman in the play. Even though it's targeted at children, there are so many poignant and nuanced moments. It's a progressive book for being published in 1972; so many of the lessons and critiques hold up in today's society. https://onthebl.org/2019/12/15/the-best-christmas-pageant-ever-by-barbara-robins... or through the link in my bio!!!

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Daisey
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve read this so it seemed a perfect choice for listening to on this snowy afternoon while making Christmas goodies and wrapping gifts. It was just as wonderful as I remember, both a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas and incredibly entertaining.

#Christmas #middlegrade #audiobook

Lcsmcat Shazam! 3y
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This was a quick #Hoopla listen if a classic favorite Christmas story. ❤️❤️❤️

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayRead

@StayCurious @Clwojick @rather_be_reading

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Its been awhile since I've been on. Christmas prep and end of season sports always slow down my reading in November/ December. Here are my reads in the last month. All were enjoyable.

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This book is part of our #HolidayTraditions. We read it every year with my nephew. It's also the perfect book for #HolidayDecorations since the Herdmans have some very interesting suggestions on what counts as decorations. #HollyJollyReading

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

#TeamFestivus @wanderinglynn #wintergames @StayCurious @Clwojick (21pts)

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🎄 3y
wanderinglynn Holiday tradition 20pts + holiday read 20pts + 1 participation pts = 41 pts!!! 🙌🏻 3y
Addison_Reads @wanderinglynn Good catch. 😁 3y
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This was a favorite book of mine when I was a kid. I read it a lot, based on the condition of my book. I re-read it as an adult last year. Decided to listen to it this time-Elaine Stritch is the narrator. I still love it—— #holidayread 20 pts. #wintergames #thefilthyanimals @Clwojick @StayCurious

rather_be_reading 21pts🤶 3y
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This #holidayread had me laughing. Might revisit this one at some point this month! #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 21 pt 3y
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MallenNC
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I loved this book so much as a kid! I reread it a year or so ago and still enjoyed it. #HolidayBook #HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve never read this one! 3y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I remember having it read to me and then reading it myself in elementary school. It was good! 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Just re-read (for the 30th time) this sweet, feel good Christmas tale. It‘s a simple story that carries with it a message of hope, joy, and love that seems to stand the test of time. It doesn‘t offer deep social commentary but it gives you a moment of pure peace and joy fitting for this season. #wintergames. #thefilthyanimals

alisiakae I‘ve never heard of this one! 3y
Come-read-with-me @4thhouseontheleft It‘s really old - I think it was originally published in the 1970‘s. There are newer versions but they don‘t have the full story. I was lucky to find this one in a very dusty corner of a used bookstore. If you can find it I think you‘d like it! 🙂 3y
Lcsmcat My daughter played Gladys in the play version of this when she was 8. She had a ball doing it. 3y
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Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat That must have been so much fun! 3y
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me It was! They smeared cocoa powder on her face, she got to mess her hair up, and jump out shouting “Shazam!” 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat 🤣🤣🤣 3y
rather_be_reading 21 pts ☃️ 3y
LibrarianRyan @Come-read-with-me @4thhouseontheleft I agree. It's a short wonderful story about 4 years older than I am. There were two sequels put out decades later and while they are nice they can not hold up to this tear jerker (in a happy way). 3y
Come-read-with-me @LibrarianRyan Absolutely tears in the best possible way! 3y
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AmyK1
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Finished my first #holidayread for #wintergames. I‘ve always loved this one. #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick Lovely! Adding to my list! And another 21 points to you! ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
Addison_Reads I love this book. I read it every year. 💚 3y
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2. Had a busy week and all went well.
3. Italian for sure.
4. None. Both my parents were only children. No aunts, no uncle, no cousins.
5. Happy Friday to all!
#FRIYAYINTRO

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Re-reading a childhood favorite. 🌟

Addison_Reads I just re-read that one tonight too! Such a great story. 4y
Maria514626 The Herdmans and the garage door! 😆😆❤️❤️ 4y
readinginthedark Oh, what a great book! 4y
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I first heard this story in the 4th grade when a teacher read it to us. I've read it on Christmas day every year since then. I just love the Herdmans!

My little guy wasn't happy I uncovered him while he was snuggled in bed reading with me. 🐶🎁🎅🎄💚

gradcat Too, too cute little guy 🐶! 4y
readordierachel Awwww ❤ 4y
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Booksnchill
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A Christmas favorite- both the movie with Loretta Switt and the audiobook with Elaine Stritch are classics not to be missed! The Herdmans are the worst kids in school- messy, mean, troublemakers. When they find out that there is dessert served in Sunday School they are off to that church- just in time for the Christmas Pagaent. A heart felt and heart warming Christmas story🐑🐫😘

valeriegeary Every year my parents gave us a new Christmas book to read on Christmas Eve. This one remains one of my all time faves! 4y
Booksnchill @valeriegeary such a creative and special story🎅❤️ 4y
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Thank you @ReadingRover for this adorable book! I had never heard of it before but it‘s very heartwarming and hilarious at the same time. I can‘t wait until Jace is old enough for this. I might try it on audiobook next year. Thank you again! 🤗

#Christmas

🎄⛄️🎅🏻🎄⛄️🎅🏻🎄⛄️🎅🏻🎄⛄️🎅🏻🎄⛄️🎅🏻🎄⛄️

ReadingMeagan This is one of my all time favourites! There is a Halloween book and one about the end of the school year too (I think, it has been ages since I read them). the Herdmans! Oh man what a family 😆 4y
Pogue This is one of my favorite holiday books. 4y
ReadingRover The audiobook is fantastic!!! Hysterical! 😂 4y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌟💫⭐️ 4y
Lcsmcat Shazam! 4y
GingerAntics This looks adorable!!! 4y
Naj Hey! Unto you a child is born! 4y
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ravenlee
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Better than expected for the first day of #25infive and one book completed. I started the tagged book with my daughter, one of my family‘s long-standing traditions. Hopefully tomorrow I‘ll do as well! My target is somewhere between 10-15 hours.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 A great start, well done! A good target too, that you are on track with. 👏 4y
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TK-421
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I'm sure I read the tagged book at some point but I remember nothing about it. 'Tis the season so time for a reread, perhaps? #RedBooks #SeasonsReadings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

BarbaraJean Definitely worth a re-read! It‘s one of my favorite Christmas reads—it‘s both funny and meaningful. 4y
KrystleTheBookSlayer I remember having to read it in elementary and enjoying it! I definitely need to give it a reread. 4y
robinb I think my kids attended local plays based on this book! Sounds familiar. 4y
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Amiable I loved this book as a child! 4y
RiaWritten I did a theatrical version of this twice, once as Alice, and then as Grace when I was a bit older. It‘s such a fun story! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic!! ❤️❤️ 4y
ravenlee We read this every year in my family! My sister had the whole first page memorized. I‘m not religious at all, but the last few pages really get to me, every single time. Always tears. 4y
vkois88 Oooh, love the snow filter 😍 4y
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Leftcoastzen
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In Phoenix,APS,our electric company ,has been sponsoring a holiday light parade for years.Lots of fun, it sets a happy mood for the holiday season.Nowadays ,100k of our friends and neighbors show up!

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Jazruiz.2014
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Bought so many books from the Scholastic Book Flyer, I forgot what I bought. #ChristmasPresents