Adults make Christmas way too complicated.
Christmas in my family has never been terribly complicated – we buy what we can when we can and everyone gets some stuff. Sometimes the stuff is what people want, sometimes it isn’t, but no one really complains or seems to care much. But, my MIL (who I love dearly) has this obsession with everything being “even” in gift-giving. So, even though one person asks for something and would be perfectly happy with that thing, she insists that she has to spend exactly the same money on everyone. And as the family grows it becomes even more complicated. So, in the interest of keeping all of us from spending crazy amounts of money (especially my MIL), we have tried to do drawing names with a limit, family gifts with a limit, etc. But, my SIL (who I also love dearly – just want to make it clear that these are good people driven mad by the holidays in my opinion) is very adamant about only getting things on her list and having a list from everyone else (I’m horrible with gift lists for myself – I can never think of anything when put on the spot. I’ve started keeping an Amazon Wish List, but half the time when I look at it, it is all things for Bean. Oh well…). So, this year, we have seriously spent over an hour figuring out how we were going to do gifts. It kind of takes the fun out of it when people seem either totally disinterested or outright hostile to it (my BIL and FIL), but we’ve done it. I actually got my FIL, which I will probably give to my hubby since he loves to get his Dad gifts. My SIL also has her birthday on Christmas Eve so we have that too. Anyways – I am not a Scrooge, but the cat’s opinion fit mine at the end of the conversation about present buying earlier today. But, now it is done, so I’m trying to lose my scrooge feeling.
Tomorrow begins December and I’m hoping to be better about doing Elf on the Shelf this year for my daughter. Last year I was okay, but I probably only moved him a couple of times a week. I am also going to try a “Giving Tree” advent calendar. Tomorrow I will copy this idea for an advent calendar focused on giving and without candy, which my daughter doesn’t really like anyways (I ate all the chocolates in last years).