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Tis the season of list making. I swear, if I don’t write it down I’m bound to forget (dang old age!!). I have started putting together a list of what I want to buy for Christmas. I’m not sure Alan & I will exchange any gifts. Some years we do, some we don’t. We are at a point in our life where if we want something we just go buy it.
My side of the family is pretty small. My parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother in law. We already decided not to exchange gifts. No one really has the extra money this year so we decided to pass on a gift exchange. We’ll still get together for Christmas dinner. I might buy my parents a little something, but that will be the extent of gift giving on my side of the family.
Alan’s family is a little bigger. He has his Dad, 2 brothers and a sister, all the siblings are married with children. Fortunately, all the nieces and nephew are adults except one nephew who is in grade school and our Em. Sometimes we buy for his entire family. Last year we gave family gifts instead of individual gifts.
This year I’m not really sure what we will do. I guess we really need to make a decision on that.
I know that we will buy for his Dad. Each year it gets harder and harder to find a unique gift for him. I don’t want to give him anything boring, like socks. I’ve been thinking really hard about this. His Dad is really fascinated by trains. I, personally, don’t see the appeal. The only thing I really like about trains are the train horns. They have a pretty cool sound. Oh, and I like the caboose, but I don’t know that trains really pull them anymore. I remember waving to the conductor in the caboose as a child. Anywho, let me get back on track (lol). I seen these train horn kits that you can install in your car. Blow your horn and instead of a pansy little beep, beep, you hear a monstrous train horn. How freaking fantastic would that be? I bet people would get out of his way then. Not really sure his Dad would see the humor, but I think its a pretty unique gift.
That pretty much means that we have to buy for our kids, my grade school Nephew and Alan’s dad. Hmmm, maybe I don’t need that list after all.
Do you buy a lot of Christmas gifts? Who is the hardest person in your family to buy for?