Festive Dear

Good news for those of us in the US and buying presents for loved ones in the UK! The British Customs folks have issues a festive christmas warning not to bring too much back from New York with you as the dollar rapidly approaches two to the pound. Sign. Guess everyone’s getting hand knitted mittens from me this year – just let me know what colour you want.

In all honesty I’m pretty darn frustrated about this turn of events. I love my family and, especially with all the little ones, that amounts to a whole pile o’ presents. So what am I supposed to do? Going online and buying from Amazon.co.uk would be the usual, but then I’m getting slammed by the weak dollar. So my usual gift advantage of being in the land of the cheap product, where my dollars can actually afford someting, is being compromised by opportunistic shoppers. Sigh. I’ll probably just end up doing the usual and wandering through customs hoping they don’t stop me like every year – normally achieved very successfully by looking incredibly tired and grumpy after a sleepless overnight flight. They never see through that cunning surprise…

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