Can I just say that I am so over Christmas. Not the holiday itself, but I’m over the tons of money spent and agonizing over gifts and superfluous presents that are really simply filler because of the ridiculous pressure of I- have-to-because-they-got-me-something.
Last year was by far the worst Christmas for me in this department. I am quite happy with what Rick and I and Santa got for Henry, but aside from that…. it kinda stunk. Henry got so many presents that I could not remember who gave him what, mainly from Rick’s family.
We actually went into debt to buy gifts, and Rick and I did not give each other anything. Thankfully, my family runs much more low-key. They are older and tend to value the time together -and the food- more than the presents. But it just isn’t enough. We will never go into debt for Christmas again. And we’ll never skip giving our spouse a gift again either.
This year we are proposing drawing names to Rick’s side of the family, for the extended relatives (as it stands, we buy gifts for all the aunts and great aunts, uncles and cousins, grandparents and great grandparents, and it’s really too much). But whether or not the idea gets vetoed, we will be giving hand-made gifts this year.
This summer we made a few things here and there, but now that we’re deep into October, it’s time to get serious. I went to the fabric store twice this week to get pieces I needed for gifts. We’re not being strict about hand-made Christmas… we can give store-bought items too, but it’s a goal. We are going to try to make, sew, cook, bake or otherwise hand make the majority of the presents we give this year.
I’m quite excited about it. It’s inspiring some of that long-lost creativity I used to have, and I’m actually excited about the gifts we’re giving this year (as opposed to last year when I felt like Ebenezer Scrooge). I’ll try to keep you updated on the gift making progress as much as I can (some of my readers are receiving the gifts though, so I might have to be vague). But expect a full report at the end of the year after the gifts have been received.