Am I Turning into Scrooge???

Sorry, but I am not excited about gift giving this year.  Yes, I love to bless those around me, but I’m starting to realize that maybe my spiritual gift is not gifts.  I would rather spend time doing some family/bonding/memory/making activity that will last in my children’s minds forever!  Seriously, what did we buy them last year that they are still using? The question is semi-unfair as we went to our homeland, Canada, last year for Christmas.  Being in the desert in the Southwest, we had to buy warm clothes, long pants and shoes for the kids and we kept telling them the vacation to another country WAS their gift.  :o)

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See?!  What a great memory!

Our then 9-year-old daughter was DYING to get this set/book where she could draw outfits for dolls.  She LOVED it to death… I think it took about 21 days.  I haven’t seen it in almost a year.  We also got her a fat, purple and pink sparkly piggy bank that she spied in Walmart.  She was DYING to have a place to put her money…. AND would accentuate her pretty bedroom. I’m fairly certain the pig has been vacationing with the naked dolls that still need dresses since late February.  If the Popsicle man ever comes by in July/August and my wallet is empty, I need to remember to look for that pig.

My then 16-year-old son was DYING to have this totally overpriced black with lime green stripe cooler-than-cool jacket.  It is a close fitting, non-waterproof, zip-up, and being in Arizona I’m giving him a bit more grace than his little sister for not using it A LOT.  I did see the lime green coolness trying to peek out from a pile of clothes on the floor in his room.  I’m not sure if he wore it or if it fell off the hanger?  Then Dec. 16th, we crossed over the Sierra Nevadas in a snow storm…  pulled into the first ROSS we found and bought him a more suitable winter jacket.  Jacket #2 has been in the winter clothing box in the garage since January 2nd.

My then 14-year-son, who was DYING for concert tickets or iTunes gift-cards, got a mountain bike.  My husband bought it hoping for father-son bonding times, which did happen a few times last January and February.  Now, said son HAS used the bike and he does take care of the bike, but he rides his longboard 9 out of 10 days of the week.  Recently I asked him what we got him for Christmas last year… long pause… “Concert tickets or something?”  Um, no, but we probably should have.

My then 19-year-old got the most useful, but not necessarily fun gift…. an orange suitcase of her very own.  She was leaving for college in January and it turned into a necessity as I realized if I didn’t buy her one, she would be taking one of mine.  All that said, she LOVES orange and LOVED it…. AND she took one of mine anyway.  She also opened a brand new shiny pair of Nike tennis shoes, as some sort of athletic course at school was in her near future.  I’m positive that the Nikes won the “Most Used” Christmas gift of 2012.

Rick and I got a nice shiny red van for Christmas… that I crashed three months later.  Boooo Hissssss.  At least I remember what we received!!!

Do you remember what you bought everyone last year?  Do you remember what you received?

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3 Responses to “Am I Turning into Scrooge???”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I remember 6 of the 7 of us in my house were all very sick with the flu, except my hubby, who was an AWESOME care giver to me and the grandkids. The poor grandkids didn’t get excited at all about opening presents. Or even jump up and down when Christmas evening Santa came to visit us. It was so sad. But I do remember I did get Kylie the Disney Princess Castle. She still plays with it, but that’s all I remember.

  2. rixgal Says:

    We had a sick Christmas 8 years ago, but I was the only one who didn’t get sick! I had popcorn for Christmas dinner. You scored with Kylie’s castle!!!

  3. Julie Says:

    Gift giving is not my spiritual gift, either. I am not a material girl, I don’t like to decorate, I don’t like “clutter” so I’m very near a minimalist, and I am the most difficult person in the world to buy for as I don’t know what I… WANT.

    However,…. I DO know what I ,,,NEED !!

    I need sleep.
    I need Meunster cheese and Ritz crackers.
    I need Coca-Cola. Periodically.
    I need my children to smile at me and laugh at my lame jokes once in a while….
    I need a church where I can worship — LOUDLY — , serve my brothers and sisters in Christ, renew my heart and mind, have my toes stepped on and my attitude fixed, and to keep learning the definition of “true religion” (see the book of James).
    I need my husband to dance me around the kitchen, squeeze my butt, and tell me that I’m the best earthly thing that’s ever happened to him…
    I need faithful friends who will laugh with me, cry with me, try stupid stuff with me, help me out when I’m stuck in a jam, maybe go to prison with me, and share their hearts with me over a hot cup of Chai.

    The kids won’t remember all your materials gifts, and apparently — neither will you. They ** WILL ** remember that you loved them, sacrificed for them, cared enough to straighten the knots out of their tails once in a while, teach them, and laugh with them.

    I’ll bet that this is what they NEED, too. These GIFTS are what you are GIVING them.

    Maybe this makes you a GIFT GIVER ??!!!??!!…..

    Love you !

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