I guess if you look around Target or any other retailer, Christmas has already been here for a couple of weeks. Can you believe they had Christmas stuff out so early?? I was laughing because there were bags of red and green wrapped candy for full price next to the orange and black wrapped identical candy on clearance on the same shelf!
I'm trying to decide what to do for Christmas this year. I'm at that age where gifts start to feel less and less important. For the adults, I mean. Jeff and I tend to buy ourselves whatever we need during the year. The other adults we celebrate with aren't lacking for things.
It would be so easy to burn through my money and spend it on gifts for my family and friends.
A "geek clock" for my brother, Ted.
A binary clock for my lovely husband...
And anything Car Talk for my brother, Daniel.
Surely I know someone who might be able to use a Doggie DNA Analysis Kit, right?
How much would Christy just adore this dangling cat necklace?
Heck, I could even buy gifts for people I don't really know! Don't you think The Pioneer Woman would love these cowgirl towels?
But this year, I feel like doing something different. Something I've thought about doing time and time again but have somehow never had the nerve to actually do. But I am inspired by the project I took on last year- the gift I gave my mom.
This year, instead of trying to find the perfect gift for the people in my life who already have all they need and most of what they want, I think that charitable giving will have more of an impact. I feel more of a drive to fulfill needs this year- it's been a really hard year.
I don't mean to sound preachy or anything. But I have to admit that the shopping bug hasn't yet hit me. I feel like I'm kind of doing the same thing over and over and while I know the gifts are appreciated... how many sets of hankies does my dad need? How many pairs of socks does Christy need? How many nightgowns does my mom need? I don't want to take away from the thoughtfulness of gift giving, the purpose behind it. But I also want to get back to the real purpose and thoughtfulness of it.
I have ideas of what I'd like to do this year but would love to hear any experiences of your own when you've foregone the big gift giving... have you done a "white elephant" type of thing? Secret Santas? Gifts for just the kids?
What I'd like to do is make donations on behalf of some of my family members as their gift. I'd like to take Teagan to the dollar store and let her pick out some gifts for people. And I think we might actualy tackle something new this year... Christmas baking. I think everyone we know would adore getting a gift of baked goods made by Teagan and Zach.
I have to start planning now. Leaving all of this to the last minute- which is what I usually do- won't work this year. Thought, planning, time, energy, dedication... those are all elements of the best gifts, right?