This year we were able to avoid having to spend any major money on any furniture for the house. On Christmas Eve I ended up finding out that our kitchen table had some serious structural issues, and had to be fixed before guests arrived. I had to get my neighbor to help me out with getting some wood for me to make some temporary braces.
Now that Christmas is over my wife is now looking through papers for specials on furniture for the house. I tried to tell her that we should be looking for good deals, but not cheap deals. I am not one that likes to spend on the same thing multiple times in one year, and some furniture need not be replaced within 2-3 years from purchase. I wish that I could afford the log furniture that you see at specialty shops, or in the smaller towns. That furniture is made to last, and very nicely designed.
I can’t afford anything like that so I will have to suffice with whatever we can actually afford at this point. If need be we will make alterations to our lives, and eat on our other table that has been with us for quite a few years.
This year we decided that we were going to try to figure out something unique for my uncle “L” for Christmas. He is a very hard person for us to shop for. He doesn’t watch much tv, doesn’t watch many movies, or much things that you can name. We know he loves coffee. Those types of presents get a bit boring after a few years. He used to be big on pipes many years ago, but I haven’t seen him with one in some serious time.
What we did finally agree upon was cigars. Not knowing about cigars much we did considerable research, and we were still totally lost. We did run into a lot of specials on Davidoff cigars, and many others. We made the best purchase that we could, and he was given them before Christmas because we won’t see him till after Christmas. When we see him this coming week we will know just how bad of a shopper for cigars we really are.
With my uncle he won’t actually come out and tell you when you were off, but I think he will understand that we aren’t cigar smokers, and that we did the best we could.
We have been discussing more, and more the idea of going to Disney World for Christmas. Why? Well, nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be as it was. For many years we have done a lot of different things to make the holidays special. This year is our turn to have the “Rotation Christmas Eve” at our house. Many of the usual people will not be there, or only showing up for a short amount of time. I realize that Christmas is hectic, but I am realizing that some people just don’t want to stay with the times.
We have another tradition that my parents come over on Christmas Day and watch my daughter open her gifts from Santa. We do enjoy this, and it would be a shame if it ended because we changed our Christmas plans in the future.
The other problem I have is that I have grown tired of hearing people tell us what they will, or won’t get for my daughter for Christmas. These same people also call and ask what she would like for Christmas so this gets better. Christmas is supposed to be about the spirit of giving. Well, here is a little background on why these things have been said, and why I am so ticked off. When my daughter gets something that she wants she uses it until she is finished with it. Usually this is 6-12 months. After she is done with a toy she will attempt to sell it off at the flea market / yard sales so that she can get a little bit of money to spend on more toys. This is because she understands we don’t have a lot of cash, and will not buy toys like they are a necessity. We are trying to teach her the value of a dollar. If she can’t sell a toy then she donates it. I guess when someone gets a car, or tv that they aren’t using they should be donating it, or keep it around just because of this brilliant idea. Don’t sell it to get cash for something else that will get used. Last year she donated more than she sold in a strange reality. Well, what would you think if you heard from a few people that they won’t get her toys for Christmas because she will just sell them. Same principle goes for those people I would take it. I am not that petty, and I let those people understand that they are not making the 11 year old happy by doing this. They don’t understand that a child remembers everything during these years. I am a realist, and I realize that some people have to make someone miserable in their daily habits. I have never acted like this, and hopefully never will. Even the clients I have notice how I am around the holidays. I take care of everyone, and don’t play games. It may not make the big bucks, but my successful home business has been around for @15 years, and will continue to be there because of how I treat my customers. They are treated like family.
Have you ever thought of making major changes to your holiday traditions?
What would you do if you had people making ridiculous rules, and comments? Do you find this a bit childish, and petty?