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Nothing Says Christmas Season Quite Like…


I heard my first Clapper commercial of the season the other day, and knew at once that I should do a post on The Clapper and the Chia™ Pet.

Though we've never owned and have never even wanted to own a Chia™ Pet, Becka and I took the plunge back in the 1990's and bought what was then called a Smart Clapper. Since the little black and white TV in our bedroom had no remote control, we thought the "Smart Clapper" would be a great alternative to having to get up to turn off the TV. Well, our "Smart" Clapper proved to be a Dumb Clapper! The first time we used it to turn off our TV, we heard a disturbing pop from the TV set as it turned off for the last time. I returned the "Smart Clapper" to the store for full refund, but we had to replace our fried TV ourselves. It was actually probably about time for a new one anyway, but still....

Here's a picture of the original Smart Clapper, first sold to the public in the mid-1980's.

Smart Clapper

As I did my homework for this post, I learned that our experience with the Smart Clapper and TV's was not unique. After perfecting their technology so that it wouldn't destroy TV's, they renamed the new product simply The Clapper. But wait! They've gone even further and now have The Clapper Plus — a Clapper with its own remote. Here's a picture of the latest one.

The Clapper Plus

Now I move on to the other seasonal "great gift" idea — the Chia™ Pet. Up to this point in my post, on purpose I have avoided linking to any of the products I have mentioned. The reason? I was surprised to learn that The Clapper and the line of Chia™ products are all from the same company — Joseph Enterprises @ chia.com! Here's a screen shot of their home page.

Joseph Enterprises home page

I learned that the first Chia™ Pet was the ram. It was marketed and distributed in 1977, although the trademark — Chia™ — was not applied for until 1998. Here's a picture of the packaged ram.

Chia Pet packaged

Here's a picture of the ram waiting to be coated with wet seeds.

Chia Ram

Here's an animated time-lapse picture of the ram growing and finally wilting.

Chia Ram Growing

In the mid-1990's we saw the advent of the line of products called the Chia™ Head. Here's a picture of a Chia™ Head.

Chia Head

Since then a number of different heads have been introduced. One that came out in 2008 and has since been discontinued is the Chia™ Obama Head.

Chia Obama Head

If you can't get enough Chia™ pictures, here's a link to the current line of products, including the Chia™ Gourmet Herb Garden and Chia™ Cat Grass Planters, several items that could actually be practical.

If you want to explore the various products from Joseph Enterprises, here's the link to their website once again — http://www.chia.com.

Have you ever purchased or been given one of these products? I'd love to hear your comments about them, even if you've been able to artfully avoid them to this point in your life.

Since my next post may not be until after the holidays, I would like to wish you all a truly Joyous Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.


"Our fulfillment is to be found in the Creator's design." — Drew Conley


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3 Comments on “Nothing Says Christmas Season Quite Like…”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Dec 19th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    My brother got one years ago when he was a teen and one of our daughters, years later, did also. Both were bombs. The seeds sorta sprouted, but very unevenly leaving bare spots and clumps all over. Needless to say, we weren’t impressed and consider them a big waste of money. We’ve never tried the clapper.

  2. #2 Gayle
    on Dec 20th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    My husband’s tradition through the years is to get our daughters a plant or flowers on their birthdays (from toddler up!). They look forward to their special gift from dad every year. It’s been everything from fresh-cut flowers, to bonsai trees. This year our one daughter lives across the country and from experience it costs a lot more to order ftd flowers (can you say “ch ch ch ching”). So he bought her the chia herb garden and mailed it w/ the disclaimer “this years gift is a do-it-yourself plant”!! I hope she likes it and it isn’t a bomb!! We’ll see. We usually end up killing plants anyway unfortunately. 🙂

  3. #3 Carrie
    on Dec 30th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Gayle, what a neat tradition!

    Mr. Loach, whenever I think of the Clapper, I think of your story in French. I had heard of them before you told the story in class, but your emphatic, “Prenez votre Bête Clapper” still makes me smile.