The one thing nice about having a fireplace at Christmas time is that stockings can definitely be hung by the ‘chimney with care’. The pub has a fairly large communal fireplace that actually works as a fireplace and uses actual wood. Honestly it is a pretty popular place this time of year with the various folks warming themselves. I seems to be a favorite of the nudists in particular and others who just want a real fire to keep warm. It also creates an environment where people a have a lot of conversations.
For me the added bonus was a place to put up Christmas stockings. In order to prevent some creativity I asked that all stocking be the standard red ones with white trim. The last thing I wanted was some woman detaching her silk stocking from her garter belt and putting it up or a guy taking off a sock he hadn’t washed. True Christmas stockings only if you please. You could of course put your name on it. I even made some for the pixies and Pint. The girls made their own and the regulars even slapped theirs up.
Now my struggle was what to put in them or under the tree for that matter. You would think this would be easy but I have to admit I am the worst Christmas shopper on the planet. I really think this is in part due to the fact I want every gift to have some significance but at the same time if I am having to spend more than two hours in a store, I feel I am wasting my time. I hate shopping in general. In any case, I felt in my pub here I could truly give appropriate and symbolic gifts without repercussions as each of these people’s existence depends on me.
Gift giving is just one of those things that I don’t always understand enough to really be proficient in it. I have always like receiving cash because I can go get what I really need or want. People say this undermines the significance and perhaps they have a point. The philosophy of gift giving still alludes me.
Pint is difficult to buy for. You can’t buy him a collar because unless it is stylish or has some other role play significance, he won’t wear it. Pint is too free for that so you have to think a little. In the end I got him a years supply of appointments at the pet groomers. Pint still likes to look good for the ladies.
My three girls are very special to me particularly Tequila who is my rock when it comes to making this pub work. They all are essential and put up with my crap so I gave them a week in a spa resort to take a load off their feet and enjoy themselves as sisters.
Hilda is a pretty new addition, I like her and I can see she will be indispensable as the person in charge of the garden areas in the courtyards. I decided to actually buy her a week at a ranch to ride horses and all that. She really has a country feel to her but the ranch was also a nudist one so she could still be herself.
For all my employees there was a sense that I not only wanted to give them vacation days but give them the means to have nice vacations. I was fairly certain it would be appreciated given the amount of pay they receive.
Sherry and Vodka are newly wedded and they are more my partners than my employees so I wanted something that would fit. It was not easy as they had been given a lot for their wedding gifts and then it hit me. I scribbled a note of an IOU to them when a certain event happened and stuffed it in their stockings.
Miss Wine has adapted to the nudist lifestyle quite well so in many respects giving her clothing would almost be insulting these days but then I remembered her love for the roaring twenties and the gangster era. I found one of those mystery weekend places that also have a gangster era mystery weekend and bought her that. I figured that flapper/vamp outfit she has would be perfect. She is also becoming quite the writer so I threw in another weekend at a writer’s workshop.
Brandy wasn’t going to need to pay her gym membership this year. Colonel Gin I bought a year supply of ammo for his revolver, given he is at the target range weekly it was a pretty expensive gift. Captain Rum got a brace of pistols that were finely carved and engraved although I did include a note that he was not allowed to fire them in my pub..
Mr. and Mrs. Champagne have been great neighbors and have brought in customers so I found out that there was an arts expo coming to town that I knew they would like and made arrangement for them to get their work into it. You need a recommendation from another business owner so I gave it. I after all have one of their paintings over me bar.
Scotch was a little difficult. I then got on the horn to some of my science fiction folks and asked them to work on something for me. In the end they came up with an electronic bagpipe. You could actually hook this thing up to a pair of headphones. It would allow him to play without bothering the rest of us so it wasn’t just a gift for him.
I also had very small mugs fashioned for the pixies. This way they could partake of theology without overdoing it for themselves. I even had them made in their color so they wouldn’t get mixed up. Campeche had been very helpful this year in writing my novel. I know she was very disappointed that the magical mistletoe did not work for her so I offered to treat her as if it did. She laughed and then put a blindfold over my eyes and then kissed me. It was magical.
Naphtha was asleep and I wasn’t sure what to do with her present. I mean clothing is not only something that is a waste of time, she does not even get the concept. She can provided through magical means anything else she needs so what did that leave for my naked sleeping dryad. In the end I went out to the courtyard when no one was about and jumped the fence. She was on her side sleeping. I kissed her gently on the cheek and patted her behind gently as well. She smiled and I turned and left. Sometimes you simply can do nothing more than give actions that show your love and appreciation.
In any case the spirit of giving during Christmas is about giving something in love regardless of what it may be so I give to all you readers my gratitude for reading and the best wishes for this holiday season.
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