My plans to replace Christmas with what I regard as the more appropriate Festivus ceremony (as elaborated and celebrated by the cantankerous Frank Costanza on Seinfeld) failed miserably.

Still, I got to air my grievances later when scanning the gratuitous spending spree(s). Who would have thought AirPods could cost that much? My "big" present — the voluminous hardcover biography of US author Philip Roth — proved a real burden; my dormant tennis elbow flared up as I struggled to hold the tome off my chest in my determined bedtime reading sessions...

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