Friday, December 04, 2009

Worst part of Christmas


On the fourth day of Christmas
i posted 4 candy canes......


I am thinking everyone gave up on my "find the Christmas" game.. only Cinderella played yesterday.......... and yes she won... it was the Xmas train at the bottom of the blog........ makes me think the rest of you are a bunch of "bah humbugs!!"

Now you all have to realize something here........ IF i am going to post every single day for the 25 days of Christmas.... IF i am gonna find some mundane boring thing to talk about.......... YOU have to at least come up with a boring mundane comment or two to spur me on to greater heights. It's not easy talking to myself.

Thirty plus years ago .......... i started my Christmas shopping in September/October. ........ not because i particularly wanted to...... but because i was pregnant with my first........... and reason and rationality ....... and my mother...... told me i would not want to be out in the shops in December pregnant!! (she was due the 29th of February - but managed to come exactly one month early - on the 29th of January - she being my daughter not my mother!!) They were right. So it became a tradition for "mom" to have all her shopping done before the 1st of December.

This year i have barely started........ and it is the 4th of December...... see me panic??!! The worst part of Christmas shopping actually is knowing what to buy everyone. It is so damn important to me that i find the exact right gift....the gift that makes the recipient go......."OH MY GOD!!! IT'S PERFECT!!! I ALWAYS WANTED ONE!!!" see the pressure i put myself under???

i did good the year i bought Sir His train......... and i did good the year i bought Sir His whip....... but ....... with all the other gifts i buy....... for all the other people... i didn't do so good............ and that just adds more pressure. i am thinking though, we might all be a little grown up now.. and the excitement of the absolutely perfect .. gotta have .. gift is not there anymore. Christmas gifts are perhaps becoming a polite acknowledgement of the season....... rather than the "oh i just HAVE to have this" that children experience.

But having said that... i am not sure that is right either. Sir and i have bought some pretty nifty gifts for the grandkids... and we get polite thank yous..... but not the excitement i remember from my days as a kid.. or as my days as a mom..... have i lost my touch??

Or have we all just gotten too jaded?? Do we all have more "stuff" than we need??

Last night driving home i was listening to an interview on the radio ........ some woman and her kids and hubbie organise a Christmas dinner for all the folks who have nowhere to go on the 25th........ no one to share the day with. This family canvassed restaurants and found one that would donate their space and their staff.......... the family canvasses for turkeys and chickens and all the trimmings to be cooked ........ they canvass for gifts for the children who will come.. they canvass for a Santa to do the honours. This will be their 9th year doing this........ on Christmas Day !! and i thought how amazing this family is... one family making a difference. Turns out last year they served 956 dinners...... and didn't run out of food (made me think of the 5 loaves and fishes story from my Sunday School days)

Anyway....... getting back to my shopping list...... Sir and i have come up with some pretty damn good ideas for the kids this year........so now i am set to dash off to the shops and find all the items on our list..........

Tomorrow Sir and i are taking a quick cross border shopping spree - hoping we might find some bargains. Definitely i will find some food stuffs not available up here...... which makes me happy.......... and who knows we might just find some of the gifts on our list at bargain prices...........

But the worst of the shopping is done..........the list is finished.

As for the OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE IT THIS IS PERFECT!" reaction........ well i doubt very much it will be part of our Christmas celebrations....... but we will all be together for one day.......... and i will say THIS IS PERFECT in my heart........ cause it will be !




ps.......... there's no added Christmas to the blog today.......... giving you all a little rest from my silly Christmas hunt

5 comments:

Buffalo said...

Bah. Humbug.

BlazngScarlet said...

HA HA HA to Buffalo.
SCROOGE! ;D

What kid of foodstuffs are you looking for?
I make a monthly trip up to Ottawa these days, and I know you're not that far.
I would be most happy to smuggle, er, bring you anything your heart wishes.
(I'm good at the smuggling thing! lol)

Good luck on finding all your "perfect" pressies.
Mine are bought AND wrapped.
Yes, I am THAT woman this year! lol

Dae said...

OK lets be clear I remember last years gift from you and Sir... I remember it being perfect (and it still is... I was touched that you would think to get us a gift that was SO US). And the year before that the squeels of delight as I opened a gift that was a necklace with my initial... You do so well every year for gifts... And you know what, just being able to spend the day with you without having to run to many other dinners will be ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. Because no one does Christmas like you do.

BTW I didn't post yesterday because someone had already found the train...

SPANKEDHORTIC said...

Not Bah Humbug (I save that for Valentines day) just too busy. And as for Xmas shopping (reason for being too busy) try thinking up presents where the instruction book not being in English is not a problem, just impossible for some people and I will not be able to shop in the UK until the 20th. I will still be trawling around the shops on Xmas eve again this year.

And no I could not find your blog addition today, it's getting cryptic. I'll keep on looking :)

Prefectdt

littleone said...

spankedhortic.... i didn't post any additions yesterday.. LOL.. though i am glad you looked...

and just ignore "Uncle" Buffalo... i hear he is busy making snow angels out in Manisnowba.......