The Christmas Shopping Starts, NOW!

November 1, 2010 08:55 by ehouston

It’s only November 1st and I have spent most of the day already working on my Christmas gift list.  Every year this task seems to become more and more daunting.  As all of us get older I find it harder and harder to come up with things that we need or want that we can’t just go buy for ourselves.  If the Mister had his way everyone would “get a card” and he follows that statement every year with a “Bah-Humbug”!  Sorry, but no matter how small the budget, that just won’t do!  I love making things, but find that the love of handmade does not, unfortunately, run through the family.  Or, maybe I have yet to find the right handmade things to give.  Again, this task always feels overwhelming to me.  Last year was great because the Little Guy was new and I was still in the mom-zombie stage.  So, I created a calendar with his pictures, printed that bad boy up and sent it out.  I think I better do something new this year, so I have set to work trying to figure it all out.  I will give myself a little pat on the back for having already purchased all the little kid gifts and I also placed an order earlier for one of the adults on our list.  So, that’s 6 down and about 25 to go!  ugh, I think I just threw up a little…

We did make it through another Halloween (my personal favorite holiday) and the Little Guy did just fine.  Although he would not tolerate the original costume idea I had for him and we had to REALLY simplify things this year.  We live on the main drag coming into our neighborhood, so we don’t get trick-or-treaters at our place, and since we have a 13 month old we did not want to do the trunk or treat thing and have a bunch of candy laying around calling our names.  With the coming Thanksgiving feast and Christmas baking, we don’t need anything else to run all over our moderately good eating habits.  So, this year we decided to head out to a local pumpkin patch to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. 


(Here’s Charlie Brown picking his Great Pumpkin!)

We had a nice hayride around the farm, took in some handicrafts and sword fighting by a group of medieval festival folks and picked a pleasantly plump pumpkin for carving. 


(Here he is later, showing off his Jack-O-Lantern.)

So much for fall!  It feels like it went by in a blink.  Now, we are on to the Big One!  Are you guys making anything special for people on your list this year?  Do share!

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