Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Christmas is Coming

And if the decorations that have been out in a few local stores since August, sooner rather than later.  I can remember as a kid the Labor day decor came out, and then around the beginning of October the Halloween stuff. Shortly after that, stuff for Thanksgiving.  Christmas stuff never made it onto the shelves until after turkey day was past. And now look at it.  It won't be long before all stores will have Christmas stuff out year round, not just those that are dedicated to Holidays.

Not necessarily a good thing if you ask me.  For some reason seeing all the Christmas stuff out several months before the month of December seems to put a lot of stress on people.  The kids clamoring for the latest greatest gadget or toy this week, and then the next latest and greatest the next week, and the parents trying not to disappoint come the 25th.  And the worry of how do I pay for everything, especially if your charging it to a credit card.

Not much better for those of us who are making most of the gifts we give.  Of course our worries are more along the lines of I hope they like color, god I hope I get it finished in time, or (and this is a big one if your giving clothing ) PLEASE GOD, don't let them gain/lose weight before I get this thing finished.

Maybe we should pass a law that says no Christmas on the shelves before December 1st.  After all, out of sight is out of mind :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Best Laid Plans

Well it seems like another month has passed and somehow I didn't get as many posts in as I would like.  Something always tends to come up and causes me to end up pushing things to the back burner.  At least this time is was spending time with my youngest niece and nephew and not the flu.  (god that was horrible last year).

We took in some antique and collectible shows, and spent time shopping in out of the way specialty shops. I always enjoy things like that.  I get to pass on my love for old things, and they get to spend time doing things they wouldn't normally do.

Its especially gratifying when one of their parents, or other adult relatives let me know that the kids couldn't stop talking about all the fun they had during the outing.  The best, going to the shows and browsing through the stores was free (okay we did spend some money on food, and I found some stuff to add to my collection, and my niece found stuff to start a collection, but all in all less than $100.00 was spent in total).

The kids have already started marking their calendars for next year. Hopefully it won't take me that long to get back into the posting groove.