The Christ­mas hol­i­day saw the con­tin­u­a­tion of the lov­ing gift exchange between me and my younger brother, Dale.

Over the years, we have exchanged taxi­dermy frogs, poo-themed gifts, con­crete nose-picking trolls, bowls of coal, straight jack­ets and human-figure knife hold­ers. This year, I lamely returned the bowl of coal Dale sent a few years ago, prompt­ing him to ask if I had given up or if this meant he was sup­posed to return the coal to me again next year.

Dale’s gift had me in tears. Here it is…

Yes, that’s what you think it is. A horse head, as in The God­fa­ther.

This gift got a lot of mileage. Aside from mak­ing my sides hurt from laugh­ing, I got to sneak it into my brother-in-law’s bed over the Christ­mas hol­i­day. Some­how, he knew who did it.

Dale wins…this year. But I haven’t thrown in the towel. Just wait, lit­tle bro.


Your Sis

A num­ber of peo­ple have asked where my brother got the horse head. It’s avail­able sev­eral places on the inter­net, includ­ing here.

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14 Responses to “A horse head in the bed…Merry Christmas”

  1. Lisa at Greenbow Says:

    Too funny.

  2. Kate Says:

    Oh, this is just awful. You have got to get him but good next year.

  3. Dale Says:

    Heh heh heh.. Love you sis ;-)

  4. Lori Says:

    That is an awe­some gift. And what does it say about me that I was seri­ously con­tem­plat­ing get­ting that human knife holder for my kitchen in chrome before my room­mates talked me out of it.

  5. nichole Says:

    That’s hys­ter­i­cal. My cousin and I have a sim­i­lar tra­di­tion. He usu­ally buys me the most annoy­ing and tacky musi­cal santa and I always find him some­thing that poos

  6. lulula Says:

    I want one.

  7. Susan Says:

    Oh, he’s bril­liant! How­ever will you top that one? What a great tradition.

  8. Gail Says:

    I must find out where he got it! My spouse will love it! gail

  9. Annie in Austin Says:

    How hilar­i­ous, Robin — you and your brother must be a dan­ger­ous pair when you get together!

    My youngest son is a total God­fa­ther geek — another vote for your sib to reveal the source of the horsehead!

    Annie at the Trans­plantable Rose

  10. jodi Says:

    I love it! One of my best friends got a cow-shaped flash­light, as he and another friend have been exchang­ing bovine-themed gifts for many many years. But this cracks me up the best. Happy New Year to you, Robin!

  11. rosemarie Says:

    I was laugh­ing so hard at this — and at the other post with all those gifts! You’re very lucky to have this “spe­cial” relationship!!

  12. Dee/reddirtramblings Says:

    Hilar­i­ous! Glad you’re keep­ing up the fam­ily traditions.~~Dee

  13. philip Says:

    yeah thats excel­lent, clearly you and your brother have a really good rela­tion­ship. nice to hear that.

  14. 徵信社 Says:

    yeah thats excel­lent, clearly you and your brother have a really good rela­tion­ship. nice to hear that.

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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