Wednesday, November 19, 2008

46/365 Christmas Obligations

"I'm just not good at Christmas," my sister Bevin admits. "I love it, it's my favorite holiday, but I'm not good at gift giving. I don't plan ahead, and now there's this arbitrary deadline and I have to be thoughtful and come up with something original and good and fitting, and I'm just not good at it."

"I'm with ya on that," I tell her. "At least the people on your Christmas list are people you know. With the name draw in Cairo, I have to come up with something for folks I never see except at Christmas. And sometimes not even then."

"What do you do?"

"I just stopped caring. Especially this year. It doesn't have to be the end-all, be-all anymore. I just find something and give it to them. Like, 'Here's our annual consumer goods exchange.' It really isn't in the spirit of it, though."

"But I don't even know what to do with Mom and Dad. Or Aaron. I have no idea."

"Well," I turn into older sister who solves it all, "you obviously need to come over and use the computer and get on etsy.com."

4 comments:

Helen said...

ooh, another new website to spend hours perusing...

It sounds very strange to have to buy a present for someone you don't know very well. Maybe it's time to ditch that tradition.

Bridgett said...

Maybe!!!

Indigo Bunting said...

I have to admit, I'm getting a bit tired of Xmas. Usually, I've at least started by now. But I don't want to think about it yet...

Kaylen said...

YES!!!!! ETSY!!!! I've already bought four gifts for people from etsy... :/