It was just Thanksgiving and now its almost Christmas. Time between these holidays gets shorter and shorter as the years go by.
There are days when I wish I could go back to my youth when the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was almost a lifetime.
I also didn't have very many presents to buy back then. We had six kids in the family so we drew names and I only bought one present. We made the ones for our parents at school. If we were lucky our Popsicle stick and Elmer's glue tissue box cover would hold up until we carried it home wrapped in tempera paint and glitter covered newsprint.
Moms hate glitter. I never knew why until I became one (mom that is). Once your house has something come in with glitter, you never, ever can vacuum enough to deglitter your carpets. But kids love glitter and it makes those homemade gifts look so cool that they can't wait for us to see them.
My mom bought our gift for the school gift exchange. We could spend 50 cents. Every year my mom bought all of us a Whitman sampler box of chocolates to take to class. Easy to wrap. And I was happy when I drew my own gift to take home.
Now my list is much longer and it seems like I never quite get it all crossed off. I think I am close to done when I remember we haven't dealt with the out of town relatives or I remember a friend I want to do something special for.
I also worry I didn't buy enough for the kids or grand kids or my husband. Just one more thing and things will be perfect.
Right now I am close to being done, or I think I am. I even do have something stashed away for that really unexpected need.
I did not need to shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get it done.I think mostly because I just bought less. Luckily there are still many kids things under $30 that are big and bulky in their packaging. Children love big gifts.
Oh wait, so do I.
But the bottom line is I was not one to help the economy get back on its feet this season. I did not ask for any big thing either from my husband. Actually I didn't even give him any hints. I have Mostly defined what not to get me. I think its safer that way.
I remind my grand kids, just like I reminded my kids, that Christmas is not a contest. In life, the person that dies with the most toys does not win. They just leave too much behind for others to deal with. And I reminded myself of that too.
So for me it is a good thing to be able to blame the economy for a smaller Christmas this year. I can relax and think about making sure each gift I give is special and from the heart.
Maybe I should have been doing more of that all along.