56 Days till ChristmasCan you believe that in just 56 days Christmas will be here? Now, Richie and I don't have children like many of you do, but Christmas is still a pretty big thing for us. And this year it will be spent in a new house...or will it? If you know something...shhh.
Richie and I for years have had problems when it comes to "What do you want for Christmas?" This year is easy though...gift cards. Money. Hello, unless you want to buy us a new dishwasher, a gift card will do perfectly! Thank God Richie agrees on the joint gift card idea. Our families tend to start asking that question early, so we've decided early. Now, what I ask for from Richie is another story. The baker in me is DYING for a real mixer to add to my kitchen stuff. My poor hand mixer is getting tired. Other than that....I don't want for anything. The things that we'd have on a list, I'm sure, would be all house related!
In years past we've had interesting present situations pop up. We have always made sure that my family and his family have each other's emails so that there is no doubling up on presents. Yeah, well, that does not always work. One year 80% of our gifts were dups...each. It was uncomfortable to say the least. Another year we were given bizzare gifts because we wouldn't give definitive answers to the dreaded question listed above. So many people think that gift cards are impersonal, detached, lazy and distant. I love them! I hate getting clothes that are hideous or too small. It is difficult to buy me movies or music. I'm too picky for anyone to buy me jewelry. (sorry Richie) I'd rather have coloring books and crayons than any of those other things. Yes, i said we do NOT have children... they would be for me! What I'd love to have is a gift card and a day shopping with the person who got it for me!
We've not started shopping for our 5 nephews and 1 neice, or parents and siblings yet. So it will all have to wait until Dec. after we're moved and settled--somewhat. There are a couple things that kill us each year: #1--2 of the 5 boys are teenages who won't tell what they want, #2--3 kids are young andtrying to ship toys, #3--shipping in general is so expensive. Do the math, only 1 of 5 is easy to buy for, but only for another couple of years till he's a teen too. So usually, and unfortunately we buy gift cards for them all. The older boys get them directly in cards, and for the younger ones we send onto parents to buy toys for the kids. I miss wrapping presents and watching their faces as they open them but what can you do?
I haven't been this excited for a holiday in a long time.
What are your plans for this season?