Friday, December 17, 2010
Christmas shopping tips..
I really do not like shopping during the holidays!!
I'm not Scrooge nor the Grinch..
Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth has it's drawbacks..
as many flock to the mountains for snow related activities..
I dread driving in snow and icy conditions..
or dealing with crowded malls and stores..
unruly children are the worst..
next to frazzled moms dealing with both the kids and all of the above..
At this time of year, I'm sitting inside, sipping hot yumminess,
listening to beautiful Christmas music as I wrap presents
watching through the windows the gently falling snow..
Felines are asleep, on the keyboard, under my desk and behind me in the chair..
My gifts are simple..throughout the year,
I purchase items attuned to each individual's preferences..
While also preparing a Memory book of Photos for each family..
some gifts are photos individually framed..
have also started a new book of Birthdays,complete with cards..
for the young ladies.. a purse filled with perfume, jewelry etc..
for the smallest girlies..Barbies..
and playdough with new Crayons, Markers and coloring books.
Sports related Tees/sweats/caps are welcomed by the fellas of all ages..
this year, we cashed in our rewards points from Amex for GIFT CARDS!
each family gets a card for family dinner at their favorite restaurant!!
For those out of towners,
we chose GASOLINE cards and plain Visa cards to spend as they choose.
When many are charging their credit card to the max ..
creating more debt, stress and headaches for 2011..
we have eliminated two of the three by planning ahead:
setting a budget ..
mailing cards and packages early..
and remembering the reason for the season!!
Enjoy all the magic of the holiday season!!