The Christmas Crush
Christmas shoppers are a hearty breed. The clever ones shop all year round. During the holidays, they dress up and party while the rest of us slough through the malls.
But some shoppers like to pack all the glee of the season into one evening. Yes, I have friends who always shop on Christmas Eve. To me that’s frightening, but they find it exhilarating.
I’m somewhere in the middle, between early shopping and last minute. I commence my catalog and online search after Thanksgiving. About the time when the last of the turkey soup is gone. For me it’s a transition point from one holiday to the next. During the ensuing weeks, I fret, I order, I shop, I wrap, I stack, I mail . . . and ahhh, finally, I take a deep breath and relax.
The Christmas Gift Exchange
I blame some of my shopping frenzy on myself for not joining in the family gift drawing. According to the rules, you can opt in and buy one nice gift for the person whose name you draw.
Or you can opt out and buy gifts for everybody and receive a gift from everyone in return. I’m the only one in the family who opts out of the exchange, because the kid in me still wants a stack of gifts to open on Christmas morning!
Giving and Getting
Having been a food blogger for more than 5 years, I find that family and friends have come to expect edibles and kitchenware from me. I ask mostly for consumables, but nothing bigger than a bread box.
If my kitchen and storage areas get any more crowded, I may have to opt into the gift exchange and settle for the one gift that comes with it. 🙂
Jolly Up the Season
Despite the hectic run up to Christmas, things always come together. This year for my Christmas-week birthday, my kids are taking me to hear “A Gospel Christmas” at Powell Hall. That should get me in the spirit of the season.
By Christmas Eve, I’ll be lounging by the fire while indulging in a few bourbon-laced fruitcake cookies and listening to Bing Crosby sing Christmas Bells.