Alright, peeps and meeps! Let’s share how good Santa was to us!
Do you ever find as you get older, your gift list gets smaller and smaller? I remember as a kid I was never short on ideas of things I would want. My brother and I would grab all the catalogues my parents had, newspapers, flyers, whatever, and sit on the floor circling items, or cutting them out, or dog-earing pages.
This year was a struggle when we had our family deadline of November 1st for our gift lists. I honestly just wanted nail supplies – but of course, I would never trust anyone to pick those out for me so I wanted gift cards so I could do it myself. I managed to get a small list out, mostly kitchen items, and it was no surprise when I opened up my gifts that I got baking things and an Instant Pot!! I’ve wanted one for a while so now I have to figure out how it works! I’ll wait until I’m back in Toronto to do that (I go home on the 1st).
But in all honesty, the very best gift I got this year, was in my stocking.
I have this rule that I can alter my gift list as many times as I want up until November 25th. Then I can’t. It’s just a personal choice because I want to make sure I’m not constantly adding things to it and making people look at new and updated versions every week (here’s looking at you, mom!) And this year, right after the 25th, I thought “OMG! I want a glass screen protector for my phone!”
I mentioned to my dad that I had missed my self-imposed deadline when he said he had finished his shopping for the year (before December 23rd! It was a record for him). And there, on Christmas morning, I pulled out a package of glass protectors for my phone!! After we were done our morning routine, the first thing I set out to do was to get one of those bad boys on my phone. And it is AUH-MAZING! I love it! Every time I use my phone, it’s like my fingers are gliding on ice! My old non-glass one was scratched up beyond belief and was actually hindering my use of the phone. So this is just amazing.
My dad wins Christmas since he got it for me, as well as my Instant Pot.
My mom has been weird lately on my gifts. When I was in Korea the second time, she purchased a white gold, crushed diamond, heart-shaped, tennis bracelet for my birthday which she said “if you don’t like it then I’ll keep it” before I even opened the gift. I will literally never wear that thing in my entire life, so I passed it back to her because why keep it if I’m never going to wear it. Then she got all upset and vowed never to get me anything nice or expensive ever again. She got me a “crazy hippo lady” personalized mug which is kind of meh and a copy of “the wind and the willows” along with a Disney DVD that apparently goes with the book? I have no idea. I’ve never seen the movie so I’ve added it to my Disney collection.
My brother did all the other baking items and ever since I opened them, he has been demanding a multi-layered cake. His birthday is on January 13th so before we leave, I’ll use some of the pans he got me and I’ll make him a two-tiered cake so we can all celebrate while we are together.
When I came back from my first contract in Korea, I wasn’t into the Christmas gift-giving spirit. Over there, Christmas isn’t really that big and I loved it. Families just spent time together. I was vetoed by my family to get away from all the materialistic trappings of Christmas, but now my brother is pushing really hard for that. We hope to get away from it next year. Instead of buying gifts for everyone, have everyone plan a family thing (bowling, make dinner, game night, something other than all of us just doing our own thing for a week while we’re in the same house not doing anything together).
Did you have an amazing Christmas? Did you get what you wanted? Did you have a surprise gift that just won Christmas for you? Have you ever done a giftless Christmas? Lemme know in the comments below.