With that, I have started buying my Christmas presents. I have bought quite a lot, and have wrapped them already. I am only buying for M, Harper, Mum and her hubby and my niece and nephew. My siblings and I decided on my suggestion that we do not buy for each other. I decided to WhatsApp chat with them all to suggest this as each year we buy each other gift cards. A few years ago I went out of my way and spent a fortune one them all, and did not receive a thanks or anything else for that matter. So, I decided why bother. With the loss of our wee dog, things gained perspective, and I was glad I made that decision, there is no love lost between us all, and true colours over the years have all of a sudden become blatant, so I will not regret, or have to sit there thinking about what to buy, and if they liked it. It makes Christmas easier to deal with.
I enjoy buying for M, and each year I have gone totally overboard, but this year we said that we would stick to a £50 limit. M questioned this limit the other week, and I said I was more than happy to stick with it, after all, I do not need anything at all, and want for nothing, hell I even have a framed picture from North by Northwest complete with Cary Grants signature, I literally have everything I want, well, apart from a new Range Rover and a new top end iMac, and maybe the new iPhone X, but apart from that I have no needs. Even the things I would love to have are not needed, I have a new car bought only in January, I have a perfectly good MacBook Pro that I bought myself last year along with a new iPhone, so all told I really do not need anything. Not even knitting stuff. I have a stash of yarn that if unwound and tied end to end would circumnavigate the earth several times. Maybe I am missing a few extra long circulars, but being honest, if a pattern calls for it and I do not have it, I will just order one from Amazon. One of my many traditions of Christmas wrapping is that I go totally mad, one year cost me about £70 to wrap them, not because there were many to wrap, although there were, it was due to the things I used, including hand-carved wooden deer, stag and Santa tags, handcrafted organza ribbon that was beautifully decorated, and other things, not to mention the paper. This year we have stepped it down a few notches, okay, quite a lot of notches so far. The paper that I have is a frosted blue with deer and rams on it, very festive, but I need to find bows and ribbons, and of course, name tags. Yes, lots of them are wrapped, but not completed until I find the perfect additions.
Down to one dog, so no doubling up on each thing. Lilu taught Harper to open her presents, the first year Harper was bewildered, but she was only just over four months old. The year after she watched and copied her, and last year as soon as we took something from under the tree and placed it in front of her she tore apart the wrapping and had a wild time, usually with the wrapping as she has a thing for ripping up paper and cardboard. Again, she does not need for anything. I have just bought her a new winter coat, she has a sturdy police harness, and she gets toys and balls all the time, however, I will make sure she has lots to play with. We have bought her one thing so far, a talking ball that taunts her with sayings like “I’m gonna get you”, “Hey Puppy!”, “Woof, woof woof”, and more besides. She has one already that we bought from Ireland and she loves it, but being a Staffy, she chews through everything, no matter how tough it is.
Purchasing for parents is a bind too, my Mother changes her hobbies at a rate of knots, one year gardening, next knitting, the next painting (even went as far as having a studio). Her Hubby is easier as he likes to make things from lego to 3D puzzles.
My next task will be to decide on the menu and to make a Christmas cake, the latter will be started in the next week or so and of course full of cognac which I inject into the cake to “feed it”. Mmm, I fancy some cake now.