One grandma makes sure that gifts total a certain amount for each giftee, or else you get cut a check for $12 or something. Its sweet that she is so considerate and surprisingly, shocking that she has been doing this for about sixty years, being so fair.
Another grandmother does not get out to shop anymore, so she gives Christmas cash (and chocolates!).
And my father in law has started to go in for big items (digital camera, video camera, etc) with his sons and he has started to shop for DHH (because it IS really fun to shop for toys, isn't it? Especially neat ones like the one he bought for him...exactly to scale to the one he drives on the farm) But he gives cash, too.
My money, however, is spent. I bought these things:
Great, great deal!!! To replace the IKEA duvet from last year...
Can you tell which items are for my son and which are for me?
And these items I actually ordered to arrive on Christmas Eve so I could have a fashionable, winter outfit to wear! I love these items, too.
Didn't I purchase some fun things?
You should know that most of the items were on great sale, plus additional 15-20% with promo codes I found online! WHOO HOO. I am so pleased that I didn't order these things for full price (or higher prices) before Christmas!
I am excited to give the doll to DHH as a trainer for his sister. I caved and gave the pots and pans during an evening of ultimate restlessness this week. We also started to watch the first epi of LOST 6, and I know we'll really enjoy our time together with our friends from LOST again. Oh, and you can just bet that The Office will bring hoots for years as we watch it while we fold laundry or eat lunch on weekends... the prior five seasons sure do!
I am thinking I will put the Melissa and Doug food up for awhile, and perhaps the dishes set, too. I do really want DHH to have a kitchen set, and I think these items will be perfect for it. Or, I could just save them until spring or his summer birthday. It will be hard though, because I think they will be really fun!
Only the duvet cover is something that is not so frivolous... it means that I am back at whipping our catch-all-stuff- of a bedroom into beautiful shape again. So it means cleaning time, and also creative time as I need to finish some sort of wall hangings (art? fabric panels? murals?) on the wall above the bed as well as update a few of our lovely photos. Oh, and dust. The darker cherry furniture, while very expensive looking and fab, collects DUST like nothing else!
I am quite sure the Christmas cash will always go this fast. Its so easy to spend when its gifted money, rather than money that has been alloted to normal family budgeting. It was really fun to spend the money, and it will be really fun to keep greeting the UPS man a few more times this month! (He comes so often that he even can pronounce our name CORRECTLY. It took my dad months to do this! )