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December 21, 2010 – Comments (11)

The Motley Fool is running a 12 Days of Christmas article theme and the lead editor was foolish (Foolish?) enough to let me have day 5.  Yes, a gold theme would have made sense, but I already had a theme.  A consumer staples watchlist built from a shopping list.

Shopping lists for a holiday supper get turned into stock lists.  Some charcoal gets Clorox (CLX) on the list, coffee means Smucker (SJM) joins the brew, beer brings BUD - you get the idea.

Only The Fool could bring you stock picks with one stand-out AND a hint on cooking a turkey all in one short page.  I ran a Google search and proudly claim the first use of the term 'turkey cannon' on  This piece was the most fun I've had writing since my TARPedBanks player snagged Bottom Fool.

If you haven't already stopped by, check out TMFUltraLong's 24 hours of Live Chat.  Sean started answering stock and investing questions at 8 EST this morning and is going to keep tapping answers on the keyboard with only short breaks for 24 hours.

And, I'm still matching up to 500 of TMF's Foolanthropy dimes for comments on any of my articles or blog posts until the end of year.

Fool on!


11 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 21, 2010 at 10:19 PM, Mary953 (84.42) wrote:

Hi Russ,  I will be back once I finish wrapping gifts and cooking for Christmas.  I invite you to join me to sing carols on Christmas Eve at church - we will be singing, in the words of a young friend, "just because we can!"  Where ever you are, crank up some songs and sing for the joy of it!  Merry Christmas, my friend!

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#2) On December 21, 2010 at 10:41 PM, rd80 (95.68) wrote:

Hi Mary,

I'll either be singing carols (out of tune) at church Christmas Eve or Christmas morning depending on how traveling goes and the worship service at my in-laws' church.

Whatcha' cookin'?

Gloria in Excelsis Deo and a Merry Christmas back at ya'!

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#3) On December 22, 2010 at 2:58 AM, awallejr (38.34) wrote:

K am a bit confused, but you seemed to have picked seven stocks ;p  Seven quality stocks at least, but I was expecting only five.

 Just my potential 10cents worth heheh.

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#5) On December 22, 2010 at 8:51 AM, rd80 (95.68) wrote:

Hi awallejr,

I was wondering if anyone would point that out.  The easy answer is the title changed during editing.  I like the new one, along with the other stuff the editor fixed/improved, but it did end up with a number mismatch.

The better answers:

a) The Fool always likes to give its readers more than they expect.
b) The five days are for a normal work week; the other two picks are for the weekend
c) Peter Lynch would only love five of those picks.

If anyone else has a good, humorous or cute response for the two extra picks, comment away.

Thanks for reading and for the comment.

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#6) On December 22, 2010 at 9:01 AM, mtf00l (43.13) wrote:

Like a baker's dozen, this is a trader's five... =D

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#7) On December 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM, rd80 (95.68) wrote:

Trader's five - I like it.

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#8) On December 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM, lemoneater (57.13) wrote:

That sounds like one volatile bird --turkey cannon. I prefer my food to not explode as a rule :). Although I have great fun watching my husband flame the Christmas pudding. We finally decided that none of us like the flavor of brandy extract so the pudding will probably be with rum extract this year if we do one.

As far as the extra picks I'm used to generosity at Motley Fool. Where else would I get all this helpful advice, commentary, and encouragement with out a stiff fee.


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#9) On December 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM, rd80 (95.68) wrote:

The only explosion from the turkey is flavor. :)

I've never flamed a Christmas pudding, but maybe we'll try adding a little brandy and rum to the cannon next go 'round. 

Thanks for the comment.

Merry Christmas all!




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