Have you heard? You can now talk to Santa Claus from your own living room. He’ll visit live via the Internet and you’ll never have to leave the privacy of your home! Listen to my family’s sneak preview of this new service.
SANTA: Ho-Ho, Santa knows everything. Have you been good boys and girls?
ME: You tell me, Mr. Know-It-All Santa. Have a look at my ten year old’s brand new jeans after he decided to go Knee Sledding.
SANTA: Ho! Those ARE some Holy pants!
ME: And do you see my teenager, who merrily decided to dye her hair purple without my permission? And my eldest son who just crashed our Toyota sleigh? Can you hear my 14 year-old upstairs cranking up Rihanna? No Silent Night here.
KIDS: Mom! We thought we were Jewish?!
SANTA: Hmm, I’ll tell you what Santa’s little eye DOES spy, Mom. Tsk, Tsk. Someone could use a new vacuum, a dust mop, sponges, scrub brushes, Windex, and wow, are those a couple of dead rabbits Santa spots under your dining table?
ME: Those are Bunny Slippers. But tell you what Santa – – throw in a weekly maid service, and I’ll Jolly well convert the entire family by tomorrow. Joy to the World.
BUT WHY STOP THERE? OTHER HOLIDAY MAKE HOUSECALLS TOO!
VALENTINE’S DAY: Romance & Intrigue! To set the mood the day before, a mysterious invitation comes into your inbox from “Guess Who?” with a single rose image and a first clue that says, “To find the desire of your Heart – – Check out the sale at Walmart!” On Feb 14th, you follow all the rest of the hundred clues across the entire internet to websites for Hallmark, Lady Godiva Chocolate, Florists, Hair Salons, Spas, Jewelry, Shoe, and Dress shops, your excitement mounting. By evening, when you are still being instructed (with clever little rhymes) to visit Verizon, the local realtor, supermarket, dry-cleaner, bank, pool and office supplies as well as numerous bowling alleys, you are starting to suspect that you’ve been part of an advertising scam. But at least you’re too brain dead to care that your real-life sweetheart only sent you a stale Hershey bar leftover from Halloween (see below). Happy Love Day!
HALLOWEEN: Peace & Quiet! A doorbell sounds melodically on your computer so you’re alerted to move closer to the keyboard. Sweet little “Trick or Treat” exclamations come thru the speaker as two darling 5 year-old twins dressed as Ketchup & Mustard stand before you. You click on the “Ooh and Ahh” icon and within 3-5 days, a Hershey’s gift card will be delivered from you to their home with a “How adorable you look!” sticker. No more buying the bag of fun-size Snickers a week ahead of time and having to sheepishly replenish it the night before. . . because you ate them all. Rest assured, if a large group of overgrown, sullen teenagers (not in costume) should appear, you can dim the monitor light and a 40 pt. font text will appear stating, “Sorry, out of candy.” A newer addition of this Holiday will include mini-windshield wipers that will cleanse away the egg yolk mess without smearing your homepage. Boo!
THANKSGIVING: No Muss, No Fuss! Your Personal Chef from Butterball, Inc. streams live into your home around 8 a.m. to lecture on Hens vs. Toms, Brining vs. Basting and stuffing the bird vs. stuffing your mouth. Pop-ups are a new, cool feature of this App – – From pop-up thermometers in the turkey to frequent pop-up windows onscreen, showcasing kids whining to make cornucopias and pilgrim crafts that you can proudly display as centerpieces. Around 2 pm, the screen clouds over and slowly, one-by-one, photos of your entire extended family crystallize – – yes even Great Uncle Milton who smokes cigars has come. Your sister-in-law announces the entire family is now vegetarian and your cyber experience completes itself with Grandma quoting the exorbitant calories and fat grams in just a tiny sliver of Pecan or Pumpkin Pie. Happy Gobble Day!
NEW YEAR’S EVE: Forget Times Square and the ball Drop! Instead Drop the charges on your Ex, and then Drop the bomb on your kids when you proclaim your New Year’s Resolution is to go to an expensive ski-lodge as an intact happy family. Suddenly you smile and shout, “April Fools!” as elaborate fireworks explode in the background on the monitor. That’s right! This Bonus 3 in 1 Holiday App saves you time by integrating New Years with April 1st & The 4th of July. Happy Combination Day!
I welcome ANY of your comments – – Or if you like, default to voting, Do you look forward to the holidays? Or dread them?