So what is Scifi hubby getting for Christmas?

I think Scifi hubby is hoping I might post what he’s getting for Christmas but he will just have to wait and see. We’re on a grown ups only Christmas so, despite the fact that its nearly lunchtime the presents are still under the tree – to be fair to everyone else this is mainly because Scifi hubby has only just emerged from under the duvet…

So instead of today’s presents I thought I’d tell you about Christmas from a few years ago…

Scifi hubby had seen a huge Batman statue based on Simon Bisley’s artwork that he saw online, bought and then told me it was my Christmas gift to him. It arrived a couple of weeks before Christmas and he laughed as I hid it away as, of course, he knew exactly what it was.

Simon ‘Biz’ Bisley is a hugely famous comic artist who we happened to make friends with a few years ago. What Scifi hubby didn’t know that Christmas was that I had contacted Simon and asked if he would sign the statue. I used to drive past Simon’s house every day on my way home from work so we agreed that I would stop by one evening and get the statue signed. Simon is one of the most disorganized people I know so I suggested that I could bring a blank Christmas card with me so he could send a card to Scifi hubby too.

I bundled the statue into the boot of the car and took it to work. Then followed a ridiculous week of actually trying to get hold of Biz whilst stopping Scifi hubby realizing the statue was in the car. Finally on Christmas eve Biz answered the phone and said he’d be at home if I came round. When I arrived his wife gave me a cup of tea and some Christmas cake whilst Simon nattered away and sketched on the base of the statue. He also produced a sketch he done that day of him and Scifi hubby dressed as Lobo and Batman (below). I couldn’t believe it. I’m not sure any Christmas present will ever top a sketch by your hero of you.

On Christmas morning all the presents were under the tree and Scifi hubby opened them all except the Bisley statue. The line “I know what it is so what’s the point” was heard until I actually had to threaten him to make him open it. I then had to get him to open the box itself which he really didn’t see the point of. Finally the penny dropped. His face as he realised that Simon had signed it was worth all the effort.

Slowly he worked out that meant I had seen Simon so I got quizzed to death. The icing on the cake was the final present I had hidden. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw that. I’m not sure what I can ever get him for Christmas that will top that, although he’s still not forgiven me for having tea and Christmas cake with Biz with out him.

Unfortunately I don’t think I can pull the same rabbit out of a hat twice but fingers crossed Santa brings him some nice presents to make up for it.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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Away in a (plastic Playmobil) manger

We’ve been putting the Christmas decorations up today and in the midst of it all I found the nativity scene. Christmas is a classic example of how toys are taking over our world – although I must say this is one time of year when I actually love it.

Many years ago, for our first Christmas together we bought a tree, decorations and an angel. To be honest the tree was so small I think it was still wishing to be a Christmas tree when it grew up and, like lots of things that we bought in our early days, the angel was far too big. Somewhere I’ve got photos of this tiny tree with a huge angel balancing on the top like one of those bobble head toys.

We’re not putting a tree up this year so the accumulated toys/decorations (the entire Muppet ensemble, Jack Skeleton, Shrek, Donkey, Batmobile on ribbon, glass Santa on a motorbike, aliens etc) will have to stay in their boxes for another year. There’s a blog post there for next year…

I also insisted that we bought a nativity scene that first Christmas. I was looking at graceful wooden ones like my parents had when Scifi hubby appeared with a plastic Playmobil set. Somehow I let myself be persuaded that this was a great idea so for the last 13 years out comes the Playmobil and cue the predictable jokes about the camel shagging the donkey.

I’m still amazed that Scifi hubby hasn’t corrupted it yet and had some fun like these people clearly have with their nativity scenes…

20121216-205957.jpg Our nativity scene

20121216-210042.jpgScifi hubby hasn’t considered adding a dinosaur – yet…

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20121216-210221.jpgAnd ‘shhhh’ please don’t tell him about this – even I draw the line at a bacon and sausage nativity!

I’m leaving Scifi hubby… for a week

I’m travelling to the US for a few days for work so Scifi hubby is going to be home alone. I actually travel quite a lot but not usually quite so close to Christmas. This is a dangerous time of year to leave him alone as there are sales in all the shops and a string of emails advertising discounts at most of the online bookshops.

So the big question is will I get home to find:

    A. A spotlessly clean house, the cat brushed and purring on the sofa, dinner cooked and waiting for me and the Christmas presents all wrapped?
    B. A depression on the sofa from where he has spent the whole week, pizza boxes in the kitchen and a new high score in Call of Duty?
    C. The credit card maxed out, a huge pile of cardboard from parcels and a small army of new Batman toys (alright then “collectibles”) and books/comics?

20121206-072018.jpg Scifi hubby home alone?!