O Christmas Tree

Yeah, I’m back at it… again. Probably will be until after Christmas. Right now it comes in bursts. I’m trying to figure out what to get people for gifts that will be useful, fairly practical, yet fun or at least something they’ll like. I’m trying NOT to be so practical that they know exactly what they’re getting.

For years my DH had not one iota of excitement for Christmas. Why should he? Every single year his mom would get him a pair (maybe two) of jeans, a t-shirt, and maybe a flannel shirt. This is his “uniform”… we tease him. It’s what he wears each and every day. BUT this does not mean, even if he needs them, that it is an appropriate gift. For one thing, she wouldn’t even buy him the jeans he liked – only bought him something ‘inexpensive’. Then he had to return them every year if he wanted to get something he liked. I would hate Christmas too, if that was the way it worked year after year.

I broke that mold (thank goodness!). Now I think he still dreads the spending of money, but he enjoys Christmas more than before. He at least has a bit of a chance of a surprise.

I try to get the kids (all grown) something fun, if not a little practical, and I still do stockings for all of them where I put all kinds of little silly things. They always know they have a huge orange and a huge apple coming in the stockings… probably some chapstick… and at least three of them like candy (one son doesn’t, so he gets other strange things). Then I find odds and ends that seem to agree with their personality. This is fun for me to look for little inexpensive things that can be surprises.

Sometimes I actually make them something. One year I made them all huge afghans. They’d all liked the one I’d made for DH, so they all got to pick out their own yarn and I made them all and had them ready to open for Christmas. That was a nice one.

Part of the fun for me is just figuring out what to get them… then trying to find it. Sometimes that is the hard part! I’m not one that has the time or patience to wander stores aimlessly until I find something that strikes my fancy. I want to know what I want, then hopefully, be lucky enough to find it in the first or second place I look. I do have a hard time i-net shopping, though, unless I’ve seen the item “in person” first. Then I can purchase over the i-net fairly confidently. I’m a hands-on shopper, though, and want to make sure before I buy that it is the right size/color/shape/ whatever. I’m not crazy about the crowds in the stores, either. It goes along with my anti-social nature.

Well, that’s all … I’m just musing out loud (or not, as the case may be).

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4 thoughts on “O Christmas Tree”

  1. I did some Christmas shopping today! I got some noisemakers for my niece and nephew (it’s tradition in my husband’s family to buy his sister’s kids the noisiest toys possible. And they do the same to us.) I bought the nephew a “Band in a box” – tambourine, castanets, some spoon instrument, bongo drum and maracas. Also a harmonica to go with it. Got the niece a noisy toddler toy.

    Got my husband a Game cube. It’s so confusing trying to decide between a playstation, a game cube or an X box. The game cube was the cheapest and I figured hubby isn’t home much to really get involved in video games so might as well go cheapest.

    Do you knit or crochet the afghans? How long does it take you?

  2. My favorite part growing up was stocking stuffers! My mother still does them for the 3 of us. Orange – yep we get one of those. Last year she gave us all Christmas-themed sox.

    Usually I get some jewelry – a silver ring or necklace. And she always gave my brother Almond Roca. Finally one year I complained. I love Almond Roca too. YUM. One of those big tins of it!

    I had wanted to have my tree up before Thanksgiving, but ain’t gonna happen.

    My dad would always ASK for underwear, snot rags/hankies, t-shirts, sox. Very boring. He would get those things but also other good stuff too.

  3. I totally hear you! The only thing I don’t enjoy about Christmas is figuring out what to buy. It never used to be that way. People just got pickier they older they became.

    This year, three of us in our family bought new homes so we’re all limiting gift buying. Besides, we all agree the best part is getting together and enjoying the kids. I wouldn’t want to miss that for anything. 🙂

  4. Well, we’re the one who put up a new house this year, but also it was a year where our kids seemed to get more ‘settled’… The oldest is married with a child and they bought a house last summer. The next oldest is still living at home and not steadily dating anyone right this minute, so he’s a problem. The next one is the daughter getting married next spring. The last one is living with his girlfriend. I think I’m getting all three of the ‘settled’ ones a deep freeze. Some of them have been talking about getting sides of beef, and one loves things like frozen pizzas. It’s practical, and do-able. The odd-man-out is a real music/computer geek so I’m getting him an i-pod mini. Hope he doesn’t get it first! Now if I just could figure out something good for DH…

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