This is my first post written with the help of Siri. Let's see how well she does. Now, you might wonder how various commas and periods and ?'s get into this post and it's really quite easy: all I have to do is say "period" at the end of a sentence. And a period appears. Or "question mark," and one appears at the end of sentence like this? I like the idea of a hands-free post. It does mean that I will have to go back and do some minor editing. But, I can write a post on my way to work, on my way to the office as I commute, which is sort of like feeding two birds with one feeder, which I believe is the PC way now of saying kill two birds with one stone.

I was speaking with a friend yesterday and I was asking her how she puts together her Christmas list for shopping. Having grown up in a Jewish household it was always quite simple for my parents. All they had to do was figure out what they're going to get me for each night of Hanukkah so at the end of Hanukkah there were basically eight presents, give or take.

So I wondered how people put together Christmas lists. I'm sure some of it depends on how many children there are, what the budget is, etc. But still, with only one day to open presents, it leaves me wondering how one decides when enough is enough or how many presents to buy. So when I put this question to my friend, she said she has a very simple rule: Each child gets one thing they need, one thing to read, one thing to wear, and one thing they want. (Plus a bonus gift!) I thought that was a nice formula.

So my question for you flossers is: what's your formula for Christmas shopping? Is there a rhyme or reason? Siri and I request that you discuss in the comments below.