And anyway, now, there's this:
I admit I am feeling particularly smug about having finished the Christmas shopping for the kids about a week and a half ago. I was subject to some particularly vicious price-gouging last year (and not even on anything special, no Tickle-Me anythings or those weird robot hamsters, just regular little kid stuff) and thus decided to try and get the bulk of my toy-shopping done before Thanksgiving. I also took the liberty of helping select toys for various grandparents and great-grandparents in abstentia who usually just say, "I don't know what the hell to get them, just buy them something you know they'll like and tell me how much it cost," hence the respectable gift pile this early. Of course I do have to reconsider the wisdom of getting them, you know, more toys, because the basement already looks like this:
...but, you know. Kids and Christmas, it's just worth it. If you could have seen Cal fussing and rearranging the present pile and trying to diving their contents using both palpation and percussion, like some old school primary care doc, you would have died, believe me.
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Also, completely unrelated to anything, this is quite possibly the best thing I have seen on YouTube in...well, ever.
Unfortunately, Sesame Street is, like, 75% Elmo now. I mean, Elmo is cute and all, but come on.