I hate to admit it, but I have Christmas on the brain. Christmas shopping specifically. I would really like to have decided what we are buying for each of the kids, if I have not already purchased it, before Advent begins. I want to be able to focus on the important things, and not feel overwhelmed by the material stuff.
We have children of excess. They have all that they need and then some. We buy each child 3 gifts for Christmas, and I like to include one spiritual gift of some kind (a book, a Bible-themed puzzle, things like that). I have figured out what to get the boys, with more ideas than I need, so I have passed those on to my parents. I'm kind of stumped on the girls. I just can't put my practical side away and buy things that are frivolous, but that they really want. I need to work on that. We try to not place too much emphasis on the gift aspect of Christmas, but we do still like to give the kids gifts. So, any ideas would be welcome.
As for gifts for Husband and myself, we have pretty much already treated ourselves or will be doing so soon. Husband just bought digital recording equipment for an in-home studio and some accessories. He has wanted this stuff for years, so I'm happy he was able to get it for a good prize. And, he has finally agreed that I can have a Kitchenaid mixer. I have wanted one forever. The hand-held mixer just isn't getting it done for me anymore. I refuse to count appliances as gifts, but I can't justify asking for anything else big this Christmas when I'm getting what I really want now.
I don't want to be a slave to the gifting aspect of Christmas, but it feels like I am slipping into it anyway. Hopefully I can at least get it out of my system soon.