Yep, that’s a kazoo. It’s identical to the kazoos that my husband, father, stepmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins also received. The jam session that ensued was a brilliant specimen of superior musicianship. Our kazoo orchestra then called cousin Betty and played happy birthday to her.

Some other highlights of the evening included a Beatles medley, O Holy Night, Hava Nagila, and the Muppet Show theme song. The William Tell overture might have been in there too.

We don’t do individual gifts in our family. I know some people like to feel special and agonized-over, but I’ll take ridiculous family fun over a dozen just-for-me gifts any day. We only get to see each other a couple of times a year. Why not put your effort into making that the most special part of Christmas?