A couple of weeks ago I delineated the differences between Roths and Gates when it comes to Christmas shopping. (Summary: Gates finished shopping sometime around Thanksgiving; Roths still aren't done.) Today I'd like to observe a few other differences between these two types that become apparent at Christmas.
Gates: Many little stocking stuffers, few of which actually fit in the stocking. When together, take turns opening. When apart, open one a day until Christmas. Still do stocking stuffers.
Roths: only a few stocking stuffers, all of which fit in the stocking. One is always an orange. One is always cash. None are wrapped. Stocking is simply turned over and dumped on the floor on Christmas morning. No longer do stockings.
Gates: All gifts are passed out. Everyone sits calmly and takes turns opening gifts. Kris opens a gift: everyone oohs and aahs. J.D. opens a gift: everyone oohs and aahs. Tiffany opens a gift: everyone oohs and aahs. The process can take days, weeks even.
Roths: Gifts are passed out. While they are being passed out, everyone opens everything at once in a flurry of paper and bows. There are a lot of hurried thanks. The whole process takes ten minutes.
Gates: Traditional Christmas fare: ham, sticky buns, etc. Not enough food for the entire group.
Roths: Home-made pizza! (Or, if we're really lucky, fondue!) Cookies! Cake! Lots of it. Yum.
Gates: Christmas day.
Roths: Christmas eve. Christmas day is for going to the movie theater!
TWO WEEKS of daily posts? Bwahahahahah! And here I thought I was ready for a hiatus. I've already written posts for the next two days, too, and have several more nearly finished. Lisa's logorrhea is contagious.