Hi and welcome to Friday Fun Facts! Come play along and learn something new about me, and I’ll learn something new about you.
I can’t believe that we’re hours away from Christmas! I hope everyone is finished with their shopping! That they have gifts wrapped, food stocked in the fridge and travel arrangements made. It’s amazing on how quickly this month raced by!
I know that the reason for the season isn’t presents, but it is a fun part of it and that’s what I wanted to focus on today.
This past Tuesday I finished up my shopping. I actually thought I was about done before I left the house, but of course once I hit the stores, I realized I had quite a few things left on my list.
One of the last people I needed to buy for was my husband. We agreed this year not to go crazy on gifts for each other. We had in the past, but we’ve decided that since we take a fun road trip each summer, and basically buy what we need as we go, that we didn’t really have something we ‘wanted’or ‘needed’. But still, it was hard to come up with something, even if inexpensive.
Trying to find something fun for him got me to thinking about season’s past and some of the things we’d bought for each other. Choices made….some good, some not so good. 🙂 Of course there were those lean years in the beginning when we just didn’t have much money to spend on each other, but we always managed to have a good time.
In the beginning it seemed that the gifts were centered around household items. I remember getting a new vacuum, set of pots and pans, a recliner, and I remember buying him this super cool toaster (which we still have and joke about), a tool set, a dvd player.
As the years progressed gifts became more personalized I guess…not centered around what we needed for the house, but what we secretly wanted all year but never splurged on…more for fun. One year we’d talked about how fun it would be to have $1000 to just blow on whatever we wanted. So somehow he managed to save $1000 and he gave it to me for Christmas so that I could go on a shopping spree. He pinned a condition on it too…I had to buy for me…not the house, the kids or him. I have to tell you, having that amount of cash in your hand, that you know you can just blow, is more difficult than you think. Especially after years of watching your finances closely. I’m a frugal shopper and it was hard to just shop frivolously…but I did manage once I made that first purchase. 🙂
I have to admit I’m a lucky girl. My hubs has made some great choices year after year…a mother’s ring, an hour with a masseuse, the shopping spree, a weekend trip away….and that’s just a few. But he’s also made some choices that weren’t actually to my taste, but funny none the less. I remember one year this diamond necklace was advertised all over the television. It seemed every store carried a version and it was on every other commercial…to the point it became annoying. He and I were watching TV and it came on yet again, for the millionth time (and it was a design I didn’t like). As the ad played I turned to him and said how I didn’t like that necklace and thought it was ugly and was sick of the commercials. LOL…I remember his face going blank and he just said, “Well, I guess I’ll take back that gift I bought you.” I felt like crap. I didn’t realize he’d purchased that same necklace. Afterward he told me he’d never buy me jewelry again unless I was with him to pick it out. And he’s stuck to that promise. LOL….at least we can laugh about it now.
Now I mentioned gifts between my husband and me, and didn’t even get into the kids. I can tell you I know I’ve made mistakes there and missed the target. 🙂 I’ll never forget when my youngest son was maybe four or five and apparently he didn’t like one thing he received. After he unwrapped his last gift, he told us it was his worst Christmas ever. LOL…funny now, but it broke my heart then. I know we should’ve been focused on the meaning of Christmas, but I also know he was just a kid, and watching his brother and sister all happy and excited over what they’d received, and not having the same elation…it was rough.
Which brings me to today’s Friday Fun Fact question….Drum roll please….
Tell me a gift that you’ve given or received that was all wrong! Something that you should’ve never purchased or made and given…or one that you received that should’ve stayed in the store.
Looking forward to reading your answers!
And here’s to everyone having a Healthy and Happy Holiday!