December 22, 2005

The Second Annual Axis of Weevil Ramahannuchristmakwanzavus Thursday Three

1. Are you an early bird in the prep for the holidays, and if so, how early do you start?

I try to start early and I generally get my shopping for the kidlets out of the way well before December. If I'm organized enough to jot things down during the year, I might get my husband's presents before December. After trying to get everyone in my husband's family to to tell me what they want, which they never do, I have a mad scramble to find something -- which usually means CDs, gift certificates or coffee. I hate that.

2. If you decorate your house, when do the decorations go up, and what are they?

We generally decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving, though some things take a bit longer. We have a tree in the living room -- fake, though I think we might go back to real next year -- stockings on the mantle, various little bobeche decorations on the chandeliers. We put garland on the stair rail -- this year with little colored (blech) lights. Outside we put a wreath on the door and garland with little colored (blech) lights and we hung a Moravian star in our attic window. Next year, I think I might hang wreaths in all the front windows.

3. Do you go out of your way to find special, well-thought-out presents, or are you so harried and confused that gift cards make more sense?

I really would like to buy presents that are meaningful, beautiful and that the people will either cherish forever or use up in happy memories -- or at least something the recipient really wants. I think I do well for my immediate family, but since I don't know my inlaws *that* well and they never tell me anything they want, give me any hints and don't want handmade stuff or paintings, I tend to fail miserably and am probably known behind my back as the giver of crummy gifts. No, they are really too polite to say it. So a little of both, I guess.


They don't want one of your paintings!?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at December 22, 2005 11:57 AM

No, not really. Unlike my mom, who expects and demands a painting each year for her birthday.

Posted by: Jordana at December 22, 2005 12:13 PM

This summer I visited my in-laws' condo in South Florida (where we ship all their gifts so they can take them back to their home in the islands). Andrew had opened the guest closet and, lo and behold, there were ALL the gifts I had shipped there during our six year marriage. Including a box of Godiva, stationery engraved with the name of their home, and all those items carefully selected from expensive boutiques.

I give up. :)

Posted by: Meredith at December 22, 2005 04:16 PM

There's a puzzler for you - 6 year old Godiva.

To Eat or Not To Eat, that is the question. Whether tis nobler to assume the confections have gone awry, and thereby dispose of them in file round; Or to risk; to taste of candies eld, and by tasting, determine if they hold the rich and creamy goodness of chocolates past - or be dashed, and antiquated bonbons be discov'rd.


Posted by: skinnydan at December 23, 2005 08:43 AM