I went shopping yesterday--on line and in the stores. Since I also make handmade gifts throughout the year, I am in good shape for the holidays. I have to admit that I absolutely and completely love gift giving--except for people who are really, really hard (Mike). I love thinking of an appropriate and kind of novel gift. I love the hunt to find it or the effort to make it. I love the wrapping and the presentation. If I had unlimited funds and less of an aversion to crowds, I would go out shopping for random gifts every day.
Tomorrow, Kristen and Dane will open the first of their Advent gifts. My son delivered them for me, for which i was most grateful. These are really quite small things that I put together, but I so enjoy doing it and I think they look forward to each day's surprise. Today I got a thank-you card in the mail: "Giving is just your style...and you do it so well! Thanks for everything." Kristen added: "thank you for the Daily December Presents (Advent baskets)" It brought tears to my eyes..it does again just thinking about it.
I also bought myself a Christmas present--jeans that actually fit. Since I have lost some weight without going shopping, my pants, especially, have a tendency to fall off. Let's just say my body has not settled into an hourglass shape--more like a board with boobs. I told Mike he could wrap them up and hand them to me on Christmas morning. I have yet to see whether or not he will take me up on that offer, but he does complain that I am as hard to shop for I complain about him. I guess that is the price of a good and satisfied life. And there is a gift for which I am certainly grateful each day.