So I was going to do a little shopping this weekend – I need your advice.

Good morning everyone-

Looking for that perfect gift? While doing a little research for my business Mission Repair, Melanie (Webmaster Extraordinaire) and I were discussing a 12 days of Christmas special rollout. So I a did an Internet search – to be sure – when the 12 days of Christmas began.


Well, I learned a little something today because for some reason I thought the 12 days of Christmas led up to December 25th. In fact, they BEGIN December 25th, and run into January! Well, Ok, you learn something every day. Then that got me thinking about the “12 Days of Christmas” song…which is really a Christmas list, right?

12 Drummers Drumming,
11 Pipers Piping,
10 Lords-a-Leaping,
9 Ladies Dancing,
8 Maids-a-Milking,
7 Swans-a-Swimming,
6 Geese-a-Laying,
5 Gold Rings,
4 Calling Birds,
3 French Hens,
2 Turtle Doves annnnnnd
A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

If I shelled out enough to cover the costs of everything on the list this year, those 78 items would cost $27,393.17, an increase of 7.7% over last year according to So, while I do love my family very much and I would do anything for them, I’m not prepared to provide a $27,393.17 holiday. I’m more of the “3-figure” holiday investment kind of guy 😉

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope your December 2013 ends on a great note as we peer though the holiday madness into 2014. Stay safe and stay tuned.

Take care, Ryan

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