Wednesday, November 7, 2007


Did you know that Christmas is coming? Yeah, I know, me too. Even though Christmas is the same time every year, for some reason, I'm just not ready for it when it comes.

I used to be the Christmas freak when I was younger. Then I had kids.
I still loved Christmas - but that whole budget thing really put a damper on it. I was decorating for me, because nobody else seemed to care about it. I think somewhere along the Christmas path, I sort of fell out of love with it all. Even to the point of NOT playing Christmas music. I was close to proclaiming that the Grinch was just misunderstood.

I'm growing back in love with Christmas. Last year was good. We bought a small Christmas tree and decorated it with blue and silver ornaments. I never thought I'd like having color coordinated things - but I can really get into it. I think I even want blue stockings to hang over the mantle -- after the kids learn NOT to pull them on top of their heads. By the way, the weighted stocking hangers make great hangers for Christmas lights. I use them to hang lights on my upright grand. And then store my Christmas presents on top of the piano, too.

This year's shopping is going to be different. I declare it to be the year of the gift card!! It will probably go down in history as the Great Denim Gift card Giveaway and hopefully not the Great Gift card Debacle.

We have to buy for my in-laws, 2 brothers-in-law, The professor's niece & nephew, 2 members of my family (we draw names), for our kids and for each other. I may, indeed, buy gift cards for everyone but my kids. For my kids, I'm very very tempted.

That's my plan -- with Christmas coming so fast and time not being my own, it sounds perfect for 2007. Let the gift card purchasing begin!!


Unknown said...

All I can say is I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! No matter how old I get I love it, maybe even more than my kids! I'm glad you are getting back into it!

Paula Vince said...

I can understand your train of thought here. The whole budgeting thing and the buying gifts for the extended family tends to take the gloss off for a bit, too.
I'm planning to begin planning early (around about now) to take the pressure off and enjoy Christmas properly.
I'm sorry to hear of Mini-Me's stomach bug around the time of her birthday. What a blow! But I'm glad she recovered so well. Those comments about your talk were funny.

Anonymous said...

I think gift cards are fantastic! Bennie, on the other hand, hates them. Go figure.

Melanie said...

I love Christmas and I am so excited about it being here so very soon.

And, for those difficult family members- gift cards are the best, aren't they??

jugglingpaynes said...

Christmas? What happened to Thanksgiving? :o)
I ran across this blog and wondered if it might be of use to you:

My own problem with gift cards is that I always forget to use them until. I've tried keeping them in my wallet, my coat pocket, the rolodex, under the wobbly table leg, but still I forget. To make my life more interesting, my children like to save their used gift cards. That way I never know which has money on it.
Peace and Laughter,

KarenW said...

I love Christmas too but sometimes I think I'm starting to feel a bit grinch-ish.

Gift cards are great. My kids, especially the teens, love them.

Mrs. Darling said...

I cannot wait for christmas this year. I think gift cards are a lovely idea for extended family.