Great commentary and many wonderful photos. Your choices were perfect -- well, at least the first two. If Marie had been a little faster, I would have been further down. They are all great and hers was one of her best -- title, caption and photo.
Thanks for hosting this challenge and for an interesting topic. MegaTrixel apologized for yet another landscape but there was no need -- we don't see enough landscapes in these challenges and all of the ones entered were lovely.
So how did I spend my Christmas?
Documenting my faulty Christmas gift to Leela.
We often want things that are more romantic than practical, and one thing Leela has always wanted is a hip flask. So I looked around and bought her the most unusual one I've ever seen. In the office on Friday, I handed it to eight different people and no one could figure out what it was, much less how to open it (or even if it opened). And I like the design...
It's 3 x 4 x 0.5 inches thick, by the way. I photographed it at the angle above so you can better see how you open it -- you turn the upper-right corner 5.5 times and there you are. It's not quite so apparent when you have it in your hands. By the way, the top comes off, so don't drop it in the snow.
Then I bought a half-bottle of Remy X.O. and a laboratory bottle with filler tube to make it easy to load. All set except for the wrapping.
Late Christmas Eve we opened our presents and she loved it. After she'd played with it a bit, I said I would fill the flask with water, pour it into the filler bottle, mark the level so we'd know how much cognac to put in every time, and then fill the flask -- accurate every time.
As it turned out, I only got to Step 1 -- Filling the flask with water...
Silly me... I bought a Dribble Flask. On the other hand, it may be a musical instrument; when you blow through the mouthpiece, it sounds like a conch shell.
I took these photos not for my own amusement, but in case, after returning it to the shop and asking for my money back, they repair it and tell me (or, later, the Consumer Council) there was nothing wrong with it. The lady was nice, however, so perhaps she'll cheerfully refund all that cash and we can spend a week in Bali. I'll keep you posted.