Once again, BlogHer 2011 swag comes through — this time with logo items from the online coupon site Retail Me Not. Some other odds and ends, too.


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A note to Santa.

My great-nephew is 10 years old. I expect this is his last year of believing in Father Christmas. No doubt he’ll return to school on Jan. 3 saying, “Santa Claus brought me a Kinect and two of the ‘Heroes of Olympus” books!’ and some cynical fifth-grader will reply, “Dude, your mom bought those gifts.”

This year, though, he still believes. Witness the note he left on the kitchen table.


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“War Horse”? “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”? “We Bought a Zoo”? “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”? “The Adentures of Tintin”?

Let me buy the first two tickets.


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No, I am not kidding. Picture a 43-foot-tall artificial tree draped with more than $11 million worth of jewelry and precious stones.

If you want to get a closer look, you’ll have to travel to the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. But not too close a look — the tree has four guards.


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The winner of the two subscriptions to All You magazine has been chosen, so if you didn’t hear from me it wasn’t you.

The response to the giveaway was so enthusiastic that I plan to do it again at some point — and in the meantime, the magazine is providing a little holiday consolation prize.


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