Christmas Gifts Given and Received – 2017

What a person gives and receives can be a pretty good clue to their character and interests. I think it’s an interesting idea to track gifts given and received every year for Christmas. Maybe next year, my tastes will have changed.

Gifts received (partial list)

  • Movie projector – I don’t own a TV, so this will finally let me show movies to other people!
  • Electric fireplace – I asked for a Woodwick candle (to replicate that fireplace experience) and got a full-on electric fireplace thing instead. Very fun.
  • Rohan flag – I love stories like The Lord of the Rings. This is the flag of Rohan, home of the horselords.

  • Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss – This is an encyclopedia of interesting ideas and advice from some of the world’s most interesting and influential people.
  • Jeans and v-neck t-shirts – These are important parts of my simple uniform of choice.
  • A Year With Aslan – I’m excited about this one – a compilation of selections from The Chronicles of Narnia stretching over 365 days. Each one highlights a particular insight on virtue or life from C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, which are some of my favorite stories.

Gifts given (partial list)

  • Goo Goo clusters – Sourced from the Goo Goo Cluster store in downtown Nashville, Tennessee
  • 0.015 BCH – About $35-40 in Bitcoin Cash
  • $30 Airbnb gift card – for adventures
  • The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada, 2nd Edition – very cool guide to weekend trips in destinations all around the US and Canada.
  • A website domain – for my sister-in-law to build her personal website
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC – a month of Adobe video editing software for my brother
  • Family traditions journal/notebooks – for my grandmother and father to record family memories. Free dictation/stenography services included.
  • MoviePass – 3 months of free daily movie access for a frequent solo movie-goer in my life

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James Walpole

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