I can’t believe it’s already Christmas.
It seems like just yesterday it was the fourth of July and we were watching fireworks.
But like every year, the days seem to fly by. And here we are, ready for another Christmas season.
For the past few weeks I have been thinking about this week.
I’ve been planning what I was going to buy for my friends and family.
And I’d have to admit, I was very nervous — especially for my girlfriend, Kelsey.
I stressed about it for weeks. I wanted to get her just the right gift.
Sure, I’ve had girlfriends before during holidays, whether it be Valentine’s Day or birthdays or Christmas.
But this year was different. I wanted to make sure it was just right. If it was too much, I might scare her off. If it wasn’t enough, she might be upset. Since it was our first Christmas together, I wanted to make it special.
I asked for advice. I talked to some of my female friends. The best advice I got was to stay away from jewelry and get her something that means something.
So, that’s what I did. I tried to buy her a couple things that were meaningful in their own way.
Judging by the look on her face when she opened each and every one, I think I did just fine.
I don’t think it’s too early to start thinking for the next holiday, and I already have a couple ideas.
Since I don’t have a large family, I don’t have a lot of people to buy presents for. However, I do have a few.
My parents were easy, I could just ask them. They ask me for a list, so why can’t I do the same?
I was able to find quite a few things on their list — and some that weren’t.
The best part for me is the funny gifts. I try to buy at least one funny gift for my parents. And this year, I feel like I did pretty well with that, too.
Of course, finding the gifts are easy. Wrapping them? Now that’s a different story. I have wrapped a lot of presents over the years, and yet, I don’t get any better.
I have bought things at stores where they offered to wrap the gifts for me. They barely get the sentence out before I give them a resounding “Yes.” I’ve realized I’ll never work at a place where the workers are required to wrap presents.
Some of the presents are tricky to wrap, which makes it a little more fun. I don’t feel too bad about it since the paper will end up in the garbage at the end of the night away.
As I write this, on Christmas Eve Day, I realize once again how thankful I am for all that I have. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have family to spend the season with.
And as you spend time with those closest to you during this holiday season, I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!