It seems that this time of year, I always get a bit blue. Everywhere you turn it's the Christmas hype, screaming buy, buy, buy! I'm not in the mood for Christmas yet but I need to get into gear. I would like the season to be more meaningful with less 'stuff' but the boys especially are into the gimme trap. J14 is pretty reasonable, she isn't asking for much -although I raised my eyebrows and gave her one of 'those looks' at the request for $100 in i-tunes giftcards- I'm not sure how serious she was. I'm pretty sure she knows she won't get that much. Mostly she wants a hair straightener (Oh to be 14), books and a movie. The boys have issued their demands for video games. They have been told to prioritize because there is NO WAY they are getting all they want. Long ago we instituted the 3 presents from Santa rule. We have been going to the same Santa at a local mall (although last year it was a different guy- I'm worried that the other one may have died- he was that old and looking pretty frail!) and it always just made my stomach turn to hear kids rattling off the list of what they wanted. We have always told our children that they could only ask for 3 things, with the reasoning that Santa has to provide toys for everyone and they shouldn't be greedy. We also always pick tags from the angel tree to get gifts for other children who are less fortunate.
My parents have always been frugal with everyone getting only one or 2 gifts but V's family has always gone way over the top with gifts, especially for the children. It hasn't been as bad in the past few years since his Dad passed away but still more than I'm comfortable with. V is almost as bad as the boys, asking for music and several train cars (he is into model railroading) to finish off his Reading Lines collection, among a few other things.
I need to try to get into the holiday spirit. I have Friday off since I worked last weekend (Yup- worked the holiday weekend) so I plan to do some holiday shopping. Hopefully it won't be too crowded on a weekday morning. I really hate the holiday shopping crowds. You couldn't pay me to go out on Black Friday. I loaded some holiday music onto my i-pod for the walk into work. No traditional Holiday music yet, I've been listening to The Toronto Consort and renaissance music- holidayish without being too kitsch. I'm warming up to this holiday thing- like I'm warming up to the cold weather.