Yesterday I finished a wonderfully funny book which was just right reading for this time of year.
Through the years we have tried to simplify Christmas and, like the author, have even thought of skipping the hurrah of the season –not Christmas itself (the celebration of the birth of the Christ child).
As for gift giving, I always ask my family to give me a wishlist around Thanksgiving so that I can get each one something he or she would really enjoy having. Despite repeated attempts to get a list from our 14 year old grandson, I got no list. Now as anyone who has a teen on their gift list knows, whatever an older person would buy on their own just isn’t what the teen would want. Because Nathan had enjoyed playing Guitar Hero so much when we were at the beach this summer, I did have one small thing I purchased on my own – a pair of pajama bottoms in black with skulls and guitar hero written all over in white.
Those of you who know me probably would assume that I had lost my mind if you saw me purchasing them. I don’t usually go for anything with band names, grunge, tears and skulls on it. But what is a grandma to do? At the same time I purchased fleece ones with skiers on them for a son-in-law who loves to ski and is accustomed to me giving him “off the wall” items. I’ve learned to try to match a person’s interests with something I think they will actually use.
Anyway, back to the missing Christmas list. I had threatened to just not get that grandson anything if he couldn’t take the time to talk to me and indicate what he would like. Evidently, however, better judgment ruled and I got a brilliant idea.
The coupon brought a smile from Nathan (I suppose the part that said “that we can agree on”). After he opened the gift (pj pants with coupon stuffed inside), we made a plan to go shopping the following day. By this time I had already found out that he was (or thought he was) in need of a ski jacket (ouch to the wallet). He and his mom had been at a ski shop the previous week to get his skis waxed and had seen a really “cool” one there.
So on Saturday morning, off we went with his older sister in tow as our fashion consultant. One can’t have one’s younger brother looking like a nerd in inappropriate clothing you know. When we arrived, Nathan went right to the “cool” one and fortunately, it fit. So we were all set and in record time.
Or so I thought. Actually it had dawned on me on the way over that Nathan also has a birthday coming up later in January and I, once again, was clueless as to what to buy. However, Nathan & his mom had engaged in a conversation earlier about the fact that he needed ski goggles to protect his eyes since he wears contacts. “Ah ha” I thought. Here’s a good way to get that birthday present bought ahead of time and on the same trip.
If I thought ski jackets were expensive, I definitely had to catch my breath at the price of googles! And then, of course, there was the fact that older sister had no googles either and needed some even though she doesn’t wear contacts.
Now her birthday is not until April but I’m nothing if not prepared. Yep, you guessed it, our mastercard suffered major damage as I made the investment in not just one but TWO expensive ski googles along with a “cool” ski jacket. Both now have a clear understanding with Nana that they have received very early birthday presents. It’s what’s known as “paying forward!” They will each get just cards from Nana & Papa to celebrate their birthdays.
The whole thing worked out very nicely, I think, and we are all happy.
Happy birthday to two very loved grandkids from your Nana & Papa.