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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Dear Santa,

For years my sister, Gianna, and I have eagerly anticipated the arrival of the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog in the mail. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, the “book” includes Neiman’s annual list of “Wow” gifts; things that are so ridiculously expensive and excessive that they warrant a level of gift giving all their own.

This year’s catalog was no different.

The Dallas Cowboys Texas Stadium End Zone Package really made me smile. I know that things are bigger in Texas, but this sets the bar at an entirely new level. For the cool price of $500,000, you can "put 530 square yards of sporting history into your own backyard" with an entire Cowboys Texas Stadium end zone.

His and Hers Life-Size Replicas in Lego Bricks was by far my favorite item. For $60,000, the artist Nathan Sawaya will immortalize your magnificent self in a one-of-a-kind, life-size Lego brick sculpture. Envisioning me and Geoff in lego form was fun. I even found photos that Mr. Sawaya can use. I think I'll call the piece "Big Hair Meets Bad Hair."

I am sure that my kids will very respectful of how we spent their college savings and not try to immediately dismante or otherwise destroy our images.

If I had to pick one item that I might actually enjoy, it would be the Authentic Guinness Home Pub. For $250,000, the folks at RiRa Pubs will design a fully functional, traditional Irish pub and build it in your home. In addition to your pub's historic Irish architectural elements and authentic Guinness artifacts, you will also be given Guinness Stout for an entire year. Kind of cool for when your friends come over, right?

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Jill @ Sneaky Momma said...

How funny! I love the Neiman's catalog. Maybe someday we'll win the lotto and we can put the Cowboy's End Zone in our backyard. My husband would love it!
Did you see that I answered your question on my blog the other day? :)

wendy said...

oh my - those are extreme.
thanks for the giggles.

*Monica said...

WOW, I had no idea you could actually buy things like that. I love the Lego one, my 2nd son would flip.

seriously? said...

I would pay top dollar for a life size replica of some delicious dish like...say....Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt or anyone else for that matter. Do they have that in the catalog?

Unknown said...

The Lego people are definitely my favorite! That is a hoot!! Thanks for all of your sweet comments. :)

forever folding laundry said...

OK, you know the boys would FLIP over those Lego statues!!! If only I had an extra 60 grand...

Thank you, dear friend, for your sweet comment. You are a treasure!

Kimmy said...

These are cool to see, huh?! I've never actually received one of these catalogs.

Update: My Christmas cards are offically addressed and in envelopes. Next up: seal, apply postage and get them to the post office. Lets see how long this takes..LOL!

Susannah said...

you are killing me. i think after the oven is in all the way, geoff should attempt the bar himself. matt could help... hehe

oh! and now i can follow! thx friend

Rachel said...

Hey Francesca, the dress Abigail is wearing in that walking picture is from Mini Boden, my absolute favorite place to get her clothes (although a little pricey). Look here, they are having a sale right now. http://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/Girls-Dresses/Day-Dresses/33078/Girls-Big-Button-Dress.html

Have a great holiday and I'm sure I'll have lots to post when we get back!


Chris said...

Oh Yeah! I would definitely dig the pub.

Debbie said...

I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago too. It is always fun to see that catalog.