On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Shopping Around the World

Photo by Jewel McDonald

Photo by Jewel McDonald

And on the seventh day of Christmas . . . I am celebrating the time-honored tradition of the post-holiday sale with a little Shopping Around the World. Today, bloggers from near and far are joining my friends Bacon and Fozzie to let us know what they pay for five seasonal items: soup, a real Christmas tree, cold medicine, a hot drink, and a random item of each blogger’s choosing. So I sent my humans out into the world with their shopping list (actually, they just shopped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA), and this is what they found.

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SOUP: Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup–$2.79–My human mommy loves this soup . . . so much so that I didn’t get even the tiniest little taste. There are four servings in each box. Simply pour the contents into a bowl, microwave for a couple of minutes, and enjoy. Mommy says it’s delicious.

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REAL CHRISTMAS TREE: Your Basic Five- to Six-Foot Tree from Lowe’s–$34.98–My humans and I go the fake route when it comes to trees, so the weekend before Christmas we set out on a mission to price real trees. We were shocked to discover that most places no longer had trees in stock. We were also shocked to find out how expensive real trees are. Mommy just purchased a new fake tree this year for less than $50, and it’s pre-lit. Sounds like we’re going to stick with fakes.

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COLD MEDICINE: Walmart’s Equivalent to Zyrtec–$4.47–When it comes to colds, Mommy’s a real believer in prevention. She washes her hands like a crazy person and takes Zyrtec allergy relief tablets when she needs them. This month she was feeling a little frugal so she bought the Walmart equivalent with 14 tablets. So far so good, knock on wood.

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HOT DRINK (CAN ALSO BE A HOT TODDY)–Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine–$19.99–Technically it’s not a hot drink . . . it’s not even a hot toddy . . . but my humans say that it really warms you up from the inside out. The bottle says that it has “hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.” Mommy says that it tastes like Christmas. It certainly has the ability to bring out the jolly in the humans.

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RANDOM ITEM–Gingerbread House Kit by Wilton, a Michael’s Exclusive–$8.99–Just before Christmas, Mommy was in Micheal’s craft center buying ribbon on sale when she spotted the gingerbread house kits, which were also on sale. She made her first gingerbread house–with my help, of course–last year, so naturally she had to make this random purchase. I have a feeling that gingerbread houses have now become a Christmas tradition in our home. One more item to add to the shopping list!

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Curious about what all of my friends from around the world paid for these seasonal items? Click here to connect with Bacon’s blog and he’ll put you in touch with all of the shoppers. Shop ’til you drop, friends!

And on the Sixth Day of Christmas . . .

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. . . I made a gingerbread house! Ok, so technically, I simply assisted as my human mommy made the gingerbread house.

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But she definitely could not have done it without my support. I helped her open the little kit and I made sure that everything was there. This was her first ever gingerbread house. Can you believe she’s lived all these years and she’s never ever made a gingerbread house? Shocking, I know. She had the best intentions to make it before Christmas day, but you know how humans can be. They have all those silly human things to do before Christmas, and sometimes they just can’t get to everything. So anyway, she explained to me something about the Twelve Days of Christmas, and that the celebration actually continues past the 25th of December. As a Golden Retriever, I am all about continuing the celebration.

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Back to the gingerbread house. I watched every single step. I sniffed every single step, too. I will tell you that the gingerbread smelled pretty good. A few of the little decoration sprinkles fell on the ground, and they were pretty yummy. I even got a tiny taste of the icing that held the house together, and it was pretty special.

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I have to tell you that I was quite pleased with the final product. But then I started thinking. . . . Maybe next year we can make a gingerbread doghouse out of dog treats. I’m definitely ready to help with that project!