I spent a good deal of time Christmas shopping on-line yesterday. I kicked butt!!! I am almost done, and managed to pay minimal shipping charges. I found what I wanted within the price range I wanted to stay. I have a few things left to get....but considering it is Thanksgiving week, all is good.
I am behind on my holiday cards. The kids both need haircuts. And Sassy is sick. So pictures will have to wait. I usually like to have them out by December 10. But if it doesn't happen...it doesn't happen.
We usually get our tree the second weekend of December. Well, that weekend is crazy busy. We have 2 parties to go to. And the kids have half days of school for the 3 days leading up to it. And I have an all hands staff meeting that week. Too crazy. So we will get the tree early. It will be dead as a door nail by New Years. Oh well.
I decided to try and use up the holiday wrapping, ribbon, and bags that I already have. Most of it I don't like. Which is why I still have it hanging around (most of the wrapping paper was purchased by my Mom years ago and I inherited it when she moved. And the gift bags are my Mother-in-law's favorite gift giving vessel, and I save them....even though I don't like them). I posted last year about how much I love wrapping gifts and why I do it. And I still feel that way. But I also want to use up what I have and not spend any more money than I have to. I know I will feel sad as I wrap things in paper I hate....but it needs to be done this year. I need to compromise this year and try not to buy something unless I really need it (like I know I need tissue paper). I will probably get some stuff I like when it is on clearance after the holidays, but I am going to try and get rid of all the stuff I have already this year.
I got an invitation to a holiday party hosted by my Dad's cousins (yes, they are my cousins too....). And I usually go with the kids (G-man usually has to work), and I am miserable. It is a long drive. The kids (particularly Bossy) gets way over stimulated, and by the time we get to gifts, he is out of control. Last year I missed Sassy opening her gifts because I was wrestling Bossy in the spare room as he was out of control. I love family...but these people, although blood related (or I should say some are....there are lots of people there)...are not my FAMILY. These are the people I see once a year. And otherwise, have no contact with. I have gone out of obligation. And I am not doing it this year. I need to be who I am....and pretending to enjoy this is not it. I don't follow the same religious practice as I was raised in, and having to pretend for the day, and then having to explain it all to the kids....nah. Not this year.
Lastly...there has been a piece of my spirituality that has been lacking for a long time. It is time for me to really embrace that. This year, I will do that. I am starting to plan my Yule celebration, and am excited to do so.
And there ya go.....anyone else have things they are accepting and/or changing for this year?