In our early marriage years - and pre-Alise - I started my Christmas shopping early. Like in July. Sometimes I could take advantage of mid or end-of-summer sales and find something for somebody. But since Alise, my shopping days are much less and my end-of-season shopping days even lesser! There just isn't time.
As most of you know, Wayne and I sold our "second home" nearly two weeks ago. So we've begun looking for a new home - the one that we plan to grow old and gray in. Ha! We've lived in our current home for ten years. Same furnishings. Same decor. Same, same, same. You get the picture. So with a new and bigger home, I'm wanting to go new, new, new. Needless to say, we're saving our money and we've agreed not to spend alot on ourselves this year.
We really don't have a big family to buy for. Just Alise, my parents, brother, SIL, and neice so it is possible - in our world - to not spend alot of money. My parents like to buy us one or two big things and then normally give the rest to us in money so that we can catch the day after Christmas sales for other things that we may want. Wayne and I sometimes pool our "left over money" and treat ourselves to a date night at a restaurant that we normally wouldn't go to. It makes it special.
Alise is very quiet when it comes to Christmas. Either she doesn't get the whole "ask Santa for what you want for Christmas" or she simply doesn't care. She has never been one to walk into a toy store and scream, "I want! I want!" So, the neatest thing for her are the actual "surprises" that Santa brings every year. Priceless. If you were to ask her what she wants for Christmas, she wouldn't tell you.
So I want to poll my readers:
Have you even thought about Christmas? Have you already started your shopping? Do you do most of your shopping online or in stores? Do you and your family go "all out" or do you set a budget every year?
Please leave me a comment. I can't wait to read what everyone else is doing!