That is what I like at Christmas.
To be surprised!
Don’t you? I mean, you know that fantastical wonderment on our kids’ faces when they open a present and they see what it is? Now go back further…remember when that was you? Was that last year…or was that a few decades back?
I ask that because I know my family. I will drop hints. I will more than drop them, I will hand deliver them. I will take my husband by the arm and point at the desired item and say, “that would be perfect”. Yet basically, it will come down to December 21 or 22, and my husband and kids will huddle up and then come tell me we all need to go out to eat. And then maybe to the mall. And then as we walk around the mall, I’ll say “oh, that’s cool,” about something (because I’m trained really well in this game) and then I’ll keep walking while one or more of my party subtlely disappears for a bit and shows up later with a mysterious bag.
Other than that, when I’m doing MY shopping, when I see something I want, I get it, and put it in my own stocking, because I’m the stocking stuffer and who else is going to do it? Two years ago, I did actually just hand over a list and said “Go.” They actually did, and it was the best Christmas ever. I got candles and a ring and flavored coffee and it was so much fun! Last year, it went back to the norm…and I’m thinking I need to stir the pot again! LOL.
I get so much enjoyment from surprising my family with the perfect gifts. My kids are old, so they know some things that are coming, but I always try to surprise them with something. Even my hubby. It’s part of the fun! So, what’s wrong with wanting a little of that magic for yourself…I ask?
How do you feel about gifts? Prefer the planned guaranteed gift, or do you like to be surprised?