Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one that buys a lot of things for myself during the Christmas season. During the course of the year, when people try to buy me gifts I usually ask them for a gift card. I hold on to them until the next Christmas Holiday shopping season, then I use them to buy things for myself! Naturally I do Christmas shopping to buy gifts for other people too, but it just seems smart to take advantage of the best sale prices when they are out there!
I guess that I’m not the only one that does that, however, because I saw on Facebook last night that Brenda was bragging that she has finished her ukulele classes and is planning to check out the good deals on ukuleles and buy herself a new ukulele! I hope she posts a YouTube video of herself playing a song so I can see her play! We live too far from each other for me to be able to visit with her in person.
I went to a local retail store and I couldn’t believe my eyes. They had about 5 times more Christmas stuff out than they did Halloween stuff and that even includes all the candy. Why is it that it seems every year they put the Christmas stuff out earlier and earlier? I guess they’re trying to catch people while they still have a little money hoping they’ll start their Christmas shopping early.
Well I don’t get my Christmas fund money until the middle of November so I couldn’t start shopping for Christmas if I wanted to yet. You know, I could start putting stuff on layaway. What am I saying? Here I was fussing and now I’m thinking of layaway. Shame on me!!
Ladybug had a Christmas performance at preschool this morning. She was soo cute. All of the girls and boys in her class were dressed as little elves. There were also angels, reindeer, and Santas in other classes. Each child was adorable in the costumes they had made. I think my favorite were the painted on red noses that a few reindeer had. Each class sang a few popular Christmas songs including Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ladybug did a fantastic job and smiled the entire time. I just wish I had a better seat to capture the special memory.
I tried to get to the school early but then I remembered a little bit before it was time to go that my phone was almost full and I wouldn’t be able to take any pictures or videos. I quickly plugged it in and started transferring all of the images to my computer so that I could make space for new pictures and videos from the performance.
It took 18 minutes to move it all which put me behind schedule. I ended up getting to the school about 5 minutes before the show started. That meant that I had a crappy seat and it was hard to see over every person in front of me with their cameras held high. Note to self, clean out the camera ahead of time and always plan to be at school shows at least 30 to 45 minutes early if I want to get a decent seat.
It’s time to pull out all of the the Christmas decorations. I want to put up our tree and decorate the house this weekend and really get into the holiday spirit. I have a bunch of stuff that I got on sale after the holiday last year and have been waiting all year to get it out and enjoy it.
Ladybug is getting older and is really starting to get excited about Christmas and is already asking me about Santa. I should check out our local mall to see when Santa will be there so we can get her picture taken with him. Each year her reaction is a surprise but I’m guessing this year it will be one of glee.
I want to get her one of those chocolate advent calendars so we can count down the days to Christmas with a treat each day Notice I said we. I’ll be getting one for myself too. I deserve to have a tasty piece of chocolate too. I had them when I was a kid and thought it would be a nice tradition to do with her as well.
Maybe we’ll make a paper chain or a paper string of tree lights to count down the days too. I saw a cute idea the other day to make a string of lights out of colored construction paper and green ribbon. The finished product looks exactly like a string of Christmas tree lights. As each day passes you just cut off a light until the big day is here. I know Ladybug will have fun with whatever idea we chose to do. I can’t wit for the weekend to be here.
At work today people were sharing some of the gifts they received for Christmas. Some of the gifts seemed thoughtful and even useful but some of them were down right crazy. One guy reported getting a coffee mug that looked like a toilet. Really… who wants to drink anything out of a toilet? Another person said she got a bacon scented air freshener for her car. She does love bacon but doesn’t want her car to smell like it. Speaking of bacon I saw that someone brought in bacon flavored candy canes. I tried one out of curiosity. It was nasty. I like the traditional peppermint flavor much better.
Obviously people have different tastes when it comes to gift giving. I appreciate the occasional gag gift. However, I think if you’re going to spend a decent amount of money on someone it shouldn’t be on crap like a toilet bowel mug.