Thursday, December 18, 2014

Making A List and Checking It Twice



Merry Christmas everyone! Are we all ready? I must say that I am. This year, not sure why, I had all my decorating and shopping done, wrapped and shipped two weeks ago! And am so glad I did because it was already expensive enough to ship everything the cheapest way. If I'd waited much longer, I'd be paying double just to get things there on time. And when all your relatives live far away and you have to ship every single gift...it pays to force yourself to get organized and done in good time. So I'm giving myself a big pat on the back this year. Just hope I didn't forget anyone?

Have you ever done that? Forgot to get someone a gift? I have never actually done that but have NOT gotten someone something who got me a gift. That is not a good feeling. You wonder...should I run out and get something? And if I do, will they think I only did it because they got me a present? Who knows what the right answer to that is. This year I had a friend get me something but I hadn't gotten her anything. I decided to let it be and just enjoy the fact that she thought of me! I'll just make sure to reciprocate next year. No clue if that's the right way to handle it or not but I know she's ok with that.

I read something the other day, I think it was in 'Miss Manners' column that this person is fed up with people giving her lists of things they want for Christmas. She wondered had all the magic and wonder of Christmas gone away? What happened to people going through the joy of opening a gift and not knowing what was inside? I have mixed feelings
about that. I do love to be surprised by what's in the package. However, it is so much easier to shop for someone who gives you a list!! Especially when you don't know what they have, like, or need. I must admit though, that it irks me when I get a list from someone and I didn't ask for it! To me that's awfully presumptuous.

For me it really isn't as much fun to open a gift that you know exactly what's inside. We used to have a relative who used to send us kids the same exact thing every year. I was appreciative but have to admit, I tried to open that gift first because it just wasn't exciting! I loved this relative dearly though and did like getting a new pair of hose and $20 each year, it just wasn't that fun to open.

So how do you feel about lists? Do you like buying off them or do you like to ignore and get them something they aren't expecting? And do you like opening a gift that you already know what's inside?

Even so, I hope that everyone has a delightful, safe, fun and magical Christmas! Enjoy the moment and I'll see ya in 2015!






5 comments:

  1. As a child I was excited to see if I got what was on my list. So I didn't really know if I was getting it. I guess that's different.

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    1. Good point, Kelly. I do think it's totally different when you're a child. Kids are excited to get EVERYTHING on their list!

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  2. The lists needs to have multiple suggestions to be fun. But the most fun is buying for someone like my sister ... there is so much I want to buy who needs a list

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  3. It's safer getting what one needs or wants rather than what she might or might not like that much. A list makes it easier for the shopper, too. Holiday shopping can be scary!

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  4. Well done, Allyn, I wish I could say I’m all ready – but I’m not. I've s got all the food shopping to do and a couple of presents to buy.
    I like to receive surprise presents but sometimes leave a list around in the hope that hubby will find it! Have a super Christmas and a very Happy New Year, Barbara.

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