Woohoo! I've finished my Christmas shopping! It has been done in small increments starting before my surgery in September and some was done online, but it's done. Of course I may think of one or two more small items, then there's the grocery shopping for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, three birthdays, and our wedding anniversary. Even my Christmas cactus is ahead of schedule.
I figured out much too late to change the facts, that December is not the best time for a wedding or a birthday. We will have been married for forty-nine years this Saturday. I married the right person; no regrets there, but our anniversary gets lost each year in a flurry of Christmas parties and preparations. Our oldest daughter, a December baby, and two of our sons-in-law with the same problem, always felt like their birthdays got a quick brush-by, combined with Christmas, or generally ignored by their friends. So if it's not too late, try to plan a little better than we did.
With our Christmas shopping done, we took a look at the Kohl's cash and other accumulated coupons and bonuses we'd accumulated and decided to spend them on an anniversary present for ourselves. We bought a carpet shampooer. I know. Terribly romantic, but we haven't been satisfied with the carpet care companies we've used the past few years and our old machine died many years ago. Then there was that $90.00 in accumulated rewards from all that Christmas shopping. I also managed to sneak in a little more personal gift for my husband.
Sometimes the pre-Christmas decorating, shopping, baking, parties, etc., leave us looking forward to having Christmas over. I'm enjoying most of the pre-Christmas activity this year more than usual. Perhaps it's because I'm not doing any book signings this year and have a little more time to spend doing other things. It's not that I don't have a book out this year because actually I do. My publisher put out a small Christmas book this year called With Wondering Awe that includes a true Christmas story by me and stories by nine other authors. I also have a short story in The Art Of Motherhood and a full length novel, Where the River Once Flowed which was released in February. Yet I kind of miss the signings and the fun of meeting people who are Christmas shopping.
It might be that I'm just enjoying seeing Christmas through the eyes of my two-year-old granddaughter. She's assigned each of the horses on the carousel to different family members, the pink nutcracker is hers because everything pink is hers, and she won't go near the big nutcracker because it bites. She loves candy canes and music boxes. And a big tree covered with interesting toys and a choo choo that races around a track are all exciting, new wonders. And for the quiet moments she's enthralled with books that tell the story of a Baby, sleeping on the hay.