It takes me awhile to get into the holiday spirit. I don't get excited about Thanksgiving until the day before when we start cooking and I have just this week (with 6 days till Christmas) get excited about Christmas. That was mildly sequestered when I was told we are no longer having Christmas dinner at our apartment but instead having to go up to Tanner's Grandmothers. Not that I don't like her, because I do...a lot, but I just wanted to spend the day at my house for once. So now we will have to open presents with my mom and dad, have breakfast and then head up to Gtown, schlepping all the groceries required, to Grandma's house and then cook there. I am not sure why this irritates me, but it does. Anyway....I have sorta of felt Scrooge like for the past few weeks listening to freaking Christmas songs non-stop on the radio, in the elevator, at the grocery store and with everyone at work bustling around on their lunch hours, buying presents and the ginormous gift baskets that are arriving from vendors. I don't want to buy any co-workers gifts, not because I don't like them, I do, but because I don't want to spend my money on them. Obviously this year has been tight for everyone, but I am feeling it and don't want to spend my hard earned (on easily earned) dollars on people I have only known for a few months. I am having a hard enough time with just my family. My sister is canceling Christmas b/c they are buying a house and close on dec 30th. Which is fine with me, since her birthday is just 2 weeks later. I will get her something for that.
I haven't started my Christmas shopping, but plan to do it next week while I am not working. It makes me nervous as I have NO IDEA what to buy for Tanner's brothers. 24 and 26 year old young men....HELP! I have exactly the right present for Monica his sister and we are going in on a gift for him together. I know what I got my mom and my dad, and so do they - our family likes to tell each other exactly what to buy...it makes it easier and we all like our gifts!
I haven't even dug out the decorations yet, but hopefully Tanner will do that tonight. We still need to clean the house, which is a mess.
Anyway, today I am starting to feel a little less grinch-ish and plan to make a fresh Christmas mood start today!
I hope you all have a happy, safe and wonderfully joyful Christmas!