How did get to be less than a week before Christmas? We are no where near ready.
Gifts this year are sparce. Each kid is basically getting one large gift that is from grandparents, uncle, and us. They are each getting a lap top. Santa is bringing headphones and a mouse. And we got them each books, and one other small thing. And that is it. While our kids are not materialistic, they have never seen this little under the tree. It will be interesting to see the reaction.
My mother in law decided against gifts this year and opted to give cash to be used at our discretion for whatever we want, as long as there is something from her for the kids under the tree. We decided to save the rest toward a few days at the beach next summer.
My parents are basically tacking their names on the lap top. They still haven't gotten the kids a birthday gift from August. They said, as of yesterday, that they will give us X dollars toward the lap top....but we will see if the money ever materializes. The whole Hanukkah/Christmas issue is getting in the way with them. Whatever. If we don't put their name on the gift, it will cause more issues.
I had a few other ideas for the kids, but we have more or less run out of time. I may try and do something on Monday. But if not....they will have next to nothing under the tree.
I really wanted this Christmas to be extra nice, to make up for last year. But we can't pull it off. We are still unpacking and dealing with move stuff. I can't do it all. Even dinner this year will be smaller than in the past.
I know this year is really more about being together. But it is very hard to embrace this at the moment. This isn't home yet. We are not really settled yet. Half the traditions we do haven't happened.
It just isn't there yet, but the calendar won't wait. I am spending the weekend trying to clean up all the loose stuff....trying to get to the point where we can look around and not cringe.
We just aren't there yet.