December is a pretty busy month for me... My girlfriend's birthday is on the 13th, our 2 year anniversary was on the 23rd, and Christmas on the 25th. But picking up this hobby has made this the best December I've had so far FULL of pipe stuff! I recently sold a Peterson St. Patrick's Day Flag Pipe, and really wanted to use that money to go towards a new pipe to replace the empty spot on my shelf. Ended up REALLY liking the "bulldog" shape after a coworkers husband gave me an old Dunhill. My first present received this month was to myself. A Jobey ASTI 200 Bulldog. It's now my go-to pipe. Now for my next gift. This time from my girlfriend. For our 1 year anniversary I got her a traditional Irish Claddagh ring (Two hands grasping a heart with a crown, representing love, loyalty, and friendship). It is a symbol that has a lot of meaning and she absolutely loved it. Well a few months ago I noticed that Peterson had a "Claddagh" series of pipes and mentioned it to her. Guess what I got for our 2 year anniversary! And last but not least... Christmas. I put on my list that I wanted a 12 pipe pipe rack. I got something better. My dad has been doing a ton of woodworking now that he has a scroll saw and other stuff. Check out what he HAND MADE for ME. Even fits my Cobwarden! I don't mean to rub it in or anything... But it's been a great way to end the year!