White Elephant: What are the gifts you’re looking forward to giving, or hoping to receive?
My goal every year is to be done with my Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving. I have two very simple reasons for this self-imposed deadline.
- I worked in a mall for many years. Christmas time is miserable for mall-workers. Now that I no longer work in a mall, I try to avoid the crazy as well as keep from putting any more pressure on the fine folks just trying to do their jobs this holiday season.
- But more importantly, I find when I wait until December, it feels more like a scramble and less like thoughtfulness.
I try to keep an eye out year-round for gifts for people. I learned this trick from Ginzo, as she too, tries to be done with her shopping by Thanksgiving.
This year, I basically nailed it. Maybe a stocking-stuffer here or there still needed, but the big stuff? DONE! And I have to say, I feel pretty good about my gifts this year. My sister and I usually default to giving experiences rather than material items (though, she might be the best gift giver among us, so any route she goes, I know I’ll make out!) and I followed suit this year with my mom.
Luckily, I can share at least one of my favorite gifts because it’s already been given. Ginzo and I are both big Nashville fans – the TV show and the city – if you like country music, I don’t know how you wouldn’t adore both. One of the stars of the show came to The Birchmere over Thanksgiving weekend so I got tickets. She LOVED it and so did I!! The show was fantastic and we had a great time.
The gift I’m most looking forward to is getting to go to Connecticut for Christmas.
Could someone remind me of this while Mark and I are sitting in traffic on our way up? 😉