Halfway there

I’ve been thinking Christmas… again. Actually, I never stopped. I figure that we are about half done with our Christmas shopping, give or take. And what we haven’t purchased, we have a pretty clear idea of what we want to get that particular person. This is due to a lot of thought, my penchant for picking up on gift ideas for people and locking it away in my head for future reference, and Amazon wish lists. I love Amazon wish lists. It does take some of the fun out of the gift-giving, but it sure is helpful in trying to figure out what certain people want.

The hard part about this Christmas is twofold. First, Baby Boy is going to be four and a half months old for his first Christmas. Yes, he’s getting presents, but right now most of them are clothes. I want to get him something that we can keep and say “We gave that to you for your first Christmas.” A trip to the Mariners Team Store is in order, I think. And I really don’t want to have to wrap his gifts, because I’m going to feel very silly wrapping everything and then getting to unwrap it all myself. We didn’t have quite the same issue with the Munchkin last year, because she was old enough to get the idea of ripping paper.

The second problem is a perpeptual one. The Munchkin’s birthday is two days after Christmas, and she will be two years old (ack!). We basically have to do double-shopping for her at this time of year, which leads to many seperate lists to keep track of what she’s getting when. When she is older, we may do what some with kids with birthdays on or near Christmas have suggested – give her a party and gifts on her half birthday in the summer (which is convienently within days of the Webmaster’s birthdate), and then recognize her birthday on the actual day with a cake and maybe a couple of small gifts. Obviously, a kid has to be old enough to understand the dynamics of this arrangement, or they will feel confused and possibly ripped off on the actual birthday. But in the meantime, we have to shop, shop, shop. She’s getting clothes, too, but we do have some fun things in store for her. And yes, she got a “keep-forever” gift last Christmas – we got her started on Precious Moments. We’re adding to that collection piece by piece on holidays, and we started with the birthstone-themed figurines and pieces.

Speaking of her birthday, I’m thinking that a Veggie Tales party may be in order. I hope I can find invitations and the like at a party store, or I’m going to have to get very creative.

In the meantime, I am waaaay behind on making Christmas cards. Maybe once Baby Boy starts sleeping through the night, I’ll be able to get back to it. It’s all I can do now to keep up with the birthdays and anniversaries that come up month-by-month. And don’t even get me started thinking about Christmas cookies. It’s a good thing I can make fudge quickly. And that the butter spritz recipe makes 8 dozen cookies at once.

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