Monday, December 17, 2007

Are you ready?

I know lots of you are busy these days getting ready for your holiday of choice. So, what have you done so far? I’ll tell you what I have done, I purchased one freakin’ gift. I really do need to get with the program.


Blogger Distributorcap said...

i have done nothing......even tho Hannukah has past, everything my family does is on christmas

heading to boston on sunday for the holiday -- and it looks like the present this year for everyone is cooking breakfast and dinner and of course cleaning....

December 17, 2007 4:59 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Bought some junk for the kids, and that's the end of it. Oh, December 26th, come quickly please!

December 17, 2007 5:57 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

You have a head start, compared to me.

I'm looking forward to January. I'm going to just try to ignore the next week.

(except for the Grandkids, of course)

December 17, 2007 6:11 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I have all my X-mas shopping to do, and I'm doin' MOST of it at the bank!

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

December 17, 2007 6:27 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

It depends on the gift PoP. You and Mr. PoP are going to Sanibel for a holiday which will be great and no need for presents. Madam and I each get one gift from each other and that shopping is already done. So I am set.

December 17, 2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i'm finished except for all the cooking for xmas eve.

i'm surprised at that. i'm usually very far behind.

December 17, 2007 7:17 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I'm pretty much set, as I only have a couple of people to buy for. I really made an effort to start early this year (mid-November) and take my time.

December 17, 2007 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're doing no gifts this year so that's no problem. The Spawn got through a giftless Hanukkah without dying so a giftless Christmas should be just as easy.

Actually, other than a few decorations, we're going very low key. No cards. No parties. The charity gifts and the gift for the class gift exchange for our youngest have been purchased, wrapped and delivered to the school, so really that's it.

The only thing left is to bake a few cookies (a tradition) and hang around and watch XMas specials on DVD. Oh, and eat Chinese on XMas eve. (another tradition)

This no heavy spending thing could become a tradition, too. I hope!

Happy holidays to all.

December 17, 2007 7:41 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Like dguzman, I'm just about all set when it comes to the Christmas shopping. I had to get an early start because two of my daughters and two grandchildren live out of state and they had to be shipped early. Although, I just got a call from my daughter in Pennsylvania and she said my four year old granddaughter sneaked into the box of gifts, brought them to her room, unwrapped them and hid them under her bed. She even unwrapped her brothers gifts! Brat!!! Next year she gets coal.

The worse person to buy for is my 94 year old mother-in-law. If I buy her a really pretty outfit, even if it's in her favorite color, she won't wear it. It will hang in her closet. BUT, she then has her daughter drive her to the Salvation Army store and she buys clothes there that are not in the best shape. The important thing to her is that she only spent 50 cents for a blouse or $2 for a pair of slacks.

This year, I'm going to tell her I found the outfit I bought her at the Salvation Army or Goodwill and I only paid $2.50. Maybe she'll wear it then. Sheesh.

December 17, 2007 7:47 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Hey, you've beat me by one! ; )

My Best to You and Yours! ; )

December 17, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger annie said...

i have almost totally ignored the pressure to spend, shop, worry, and stress this year. a first! and it feels awesome. this week i will get the "kids" (15, 21, & 25) their gifts-the adults are not exchanging them. part of the inspiration to lighten the load has been economics. we had a very rough year, so why get deeper in the debt cesspool? just trying a different approach, for these very different times.

December 17, 2007 8:13 AM  
Blogger Comandante Agí said...

We're about half way done with shopping. But this year we're trying to keep it simple. I strongly recommend watching the documentary What Would Jesus Buy?. It will make you think twice about the consumerist season.

Looks like Jessica Simpson jinxed your team. Romo should tell her to stay home next time...

December 17, 2007 8:15 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

or not. we opted for not this year and i have to tell you- it's freeing. kids only gifts and taking the money we would have spent and going away for a weekend by ourselves is a heckuva lot better idea. we are quite pleased. next year- i think i am going to cut out the marathon baking too. just a few cookies here and there- and feasting instead. no more consumeristic holidays for the betmos!! cheers!

December 17, 2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, so we just slide through the buying season unscathed. We do celebrate the return of the sun during solstice. Nothing fancy, just a peek at the sunrise and a grateful welcome back.

December 17, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Colonel Colonel said...

We got the tree up this weekend, but haven't decorated it yet, and I got the outside lights up on the porch. Gift shopping? Oh, yeah, that...

December 17, 2007 9:10 AM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

maybe the 'program' this year is to kick back....

i announced early on that this is what I'm's been a fairly restful season so far. Ah....

December 17, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

No tree or decorations up this year because the house is on the market, we have a new, very rambunctious cat, plus I'm not having a houseful over for Christmas dinner this year - yay!

Shopping? Done. Online. Everything's arrived, still in their packages, tho. So guess I should at least take them out and make sure they're what I ordered... Then wrap them. Yawn.

December 17, 2007 9:57 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Commander Agi is right! That bimbo Jessica Simpson made us lose! It's just like Mickey said on Rocky: "Women! Weaken! Legs!"

PS--I tagged ya, and now yer it--see my birdy blog if you feel like obliging. If not, just curl up with Fred and Murray and have a good afternoon!

December 17, 2007 10:20 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Hey... Be positive... at least you have started. All the best fpr the rest of the week. :-)

December 17, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Well, freaking out about HAVING to do a bunch of tasks for something that could be fun, like a wedding or a special day, seems useless to me. When people whine about all the work they HAVE to do for a wedding, I ask them, so why are you doing it? Elope! Same for this time of year. Bake a few cookies, or some panettone, but why feel obligated and unhappy?
As my almost 90 yer mother always used to say,"Is this REALLY necessary?" Most of the time, nope.

December 17, 2007 11:11 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

I'm getting my minivan fixed for Christmas!

It hasn't been road worthy in almost two years.

December 17, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

All I have left is to buy one more gift and then to wrap some. Nah nah nah.

December 17, 2007 4:56 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

decorations outside-check
presents for wife-sorta check
family polyanna-not so good
work polyanna-ideas, though nothing purchased
xmas eve menu-half way done.

rest? never

December 17, 2007 7:43 PM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Well, there is still a week left. Don't sweat it!

December 18, 2007 6:25 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

Um I'd rather just not think about that right now ok?

December 18, 2007 7:33 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

I'm still trying to find out what my wife wants for Christmas.

She has two lists.

The first list is the fantasy list of things we can't get or do. It is filling fast.

The second list is of things that are grounded in reality. It is empty.

December 18, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Tequila Mockingbird said...

giftmas is where it's at. booze, friends, family, food and presents.

December 18, 2007 1:17 PM  

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