Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Cashflow Crisis!

Ask a Mascot

Dear Snowman Mascot,

With Christmas just around the corner, and you being a Snowman and all, I thought you might be able to help me with a festive problem I’m having. You see, since last Christmas my parents have gotten divorced. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a sob story - I’m 42 years old and very happy for them! Unfortunately however, for my bank balance if not my parents, they have also both remarried. This means I’ve suddenly inherited a whole new family which includes, but is not limited to, seven step-brothers and sisters (plus spouses), twelve nephews and nieces (three of whom also have spouses), and six grand-nephews and nieces! It’s a Christmas shopping nightmare and, to be frank, one I simply cannot afford! Please help me find a cheap solution to this potentially costly Christmas conundrum!

Yours sincerely,
Ebenezer Rodgers.

P.S. I’ve also got a wife and kid of my own and, chances are, they’ll probably be expecting something too!

Snowman Mascot replies...

Ho ho holy moly! That is quite the pickle you’re in Ebenezer, but one that I’m more than happy to help you out of. You see, you don’t have to spend a fortune at this time of year to have a merry Christmas. In fact, many presents and gifts can be found and/or made that won’t cost you a penny. Here’s my top 5 cheap Christmas gifts…

1. Sock puppets! An old sock with a couple of buttons stitched on for eyes makes an ideal gift for a child. And is every bit as exciting as a PS3!

2. Homemade perfume! Bung a bunch of flower petals in an old bottle, add water, and shake! Ooo la la, is that Paris I smell? The ladies will love it!

3. Hanky hats! Tying four knots in the corners of an old handkerchief will make a stylish hat! Best remember to wash the handkerchief first though!

4. Pebble paperweights! The humble pebble, or stone if you don’t have access to a beach, makes an ideal paperweight! Practical, and pretty!

5. Toilet paper scarves! A single toilet roll can be used to make scarves for the whole family, and is a great accessory to a hanky hat!

There you go Ebenezer, one cheap Christmas signed, sealed and delivered. If however you choose to ignore the advice of this Snowman, be sure and listen to the words of my abominable friend before you hit the shops…

Wise words indeed! Eat your heart out Money Mascot! Merry Christmas everybody!

Yours cheap and cheerfully,
Snowman Mascot :)

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