And here I was thinking I wouldn’t have much to do Christmas morning…

I need to thank SEB reader Gakker for a box from Amazon.com that I can put under my Christmas tree. Came home yesterday to find it waiting for me on the desk in the living room. With money being so tight this year we’ve had to cut way back on our usual gift giving budget along with everyone else. We’ve gotten the presents for the nieces and nephews out of the way. My in-laws drew names to see who would get a little something for who and we’ve got that covered. Now we’re hoping to squeeze out a gift or two for Courtney, but Anne and I will have to wait until after the New Year starts and we’re sure we’ve made rent and paid the bills before we can consider anything for each other.

Perhaps I’m overly materialistic, but this is my favorite holiday because of the gift giving aspect. It’s better than a birthday because you not only get the joy of getting gifts, but the thrill of giving them as well. Over the years we’ve managed to make sure we had a budget to work with that ensured we had plenty of gifts to exchange, but this year it just didn’t work out like it usually does. There’s a part of me that’s quite upset about that, but there’s another side that realizes that the best gift I can give the ones I love is some of my time. Of course it would be even better to be able to give some of my time and a little something from their wish list, but you do what you can with what you’ve got.  It probably shows I’ve grown up more than I sometimes think I have and I’d like to think that’s a good thing even while that gift-giving side is throwing a tantrum in the background.

This is one of those tricky entries to write because it can sound like I’m fishing for more people to send me stuff, but really all I wanted to do was to let you guys know that I’m deeply touched by the fact that I got anything at all. It goes without saying that it’s a good feeling to know you’re appreciated and I just wanted to say thank you.

6 thoughts on “And here I was thinking I wouldn’t have much to do Christmas morning…

  1. There’s a part of me that’s quite upset about that, but there’s another side that realizes that the best gift I can give the ones I love is some of my time.

    No idea how you manage to find the time to do everything you do, from work, study to blogging and all the myriad everyday things that everyone does … when do you find the time to sleep?

  2. I’m actually not as busy as I might seem to be. I’m only taking one class at the moment and work has its fair share of downtime allowing me room to blog during the day.

    It does help that I sometimes stay up much later than I probably should. Didn’t get to bed until 2AM last night and was up by 8AM. Will be going to bed early tonight.

    Next semester will be a bit busier as I plan on taking two classes eating up four of the five weekday evenings.

  3. I would send you something, but no address. 

    >wink

    I agree…the best thing about Christmas is being able to give gifts.  I really don’t worry about getting them anymore…I like trying to find that perfect gift…even if I have to make it…and watching the faces of those I gave gifts too.  We get a lot of things for his mom since she feels she doesn’t deserve anything.

    I also made origami ornaments for his brother and his wife last year since they are hardcore about not buying them anything and are all about the environment (they are biologists).  Hard to buy for someone who has an opinion about everything.  grin 

    They totally loved the origami and even dug into my “reject” pile of forms to get more!  LOL

  4. Another alternative to buying traditional gifts might be to give your own “gift certificate” good for some favor later, like shoveling that person’s driveway for a month, a night of free babysitting, offer to help clean their house, a couple home-cooked meals brought over, etc.

    People are so busy, those things can be a great help in lieu of a store-bought gift.

  5. Stormin’, I try to make myself and my talents available to friends and family whenever they need me. I hope most of them know that already. In fact that reminds me that I need to make time to return my sister’s PC to her after fixing it. grin

    Rosie, an amusing flash game is always welcome with me.

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