Sunday, December 14, 2008

Remember this Christmas Tree?

Thought y'all might like a trip down memory lane. We had one when I was a kid, something like 40 years ago. Ours was decorated all in red and I can remember how beautiful and different it was. I don't remember how many years we set that tree up before it was replaced with a green tree.

Anyway, Christmas is right around the corner. Are you done with all your shopping? I just finished up this past Friday. Good lord, I spent a small fortune on stocking stuffers. I usually buy the girls, and by girls I mean my daughter and niece, the same stocking stuffers every year. They look forward to body lotions, toothbrushes, purse size hand sanitizers, nail polish and various other personal items. Of course they get candy, the good stuff, and my daughter gets a can of asparagus. She loves the stuff but it's so darn expensive. Gee, it was almost $3 a can this year.

This year I bought my son-in-law a few things for the stocking, too. He loves Red Lobster so I got him a gift card. He gets a jar of olives. I know it's weird but it's our funny tradition. Michelle has received a can of asparagus for Christmas every year for as long as I can remember:)

The girls always get a kick out of the practical gift I usually come up with. One year it was one of those car window breakers for just in case they get into an accident and end up in a lake. They can also use it for cutting the seat belt strap. Then another year I got them something that inflates tires in case they get a flat somewhere, they can at least make it somewhere safe to get it repaired.

This year I bought them first aid kits for their cars. Well...I have a little granddaughter now and my niece commutes back and forth to college every week on the turnpike. You never know when a band aid will come in handy. I also got her Triple A for peace of mind.

I'm not paranoid. I just like to be prepared. Anyway, they'll roll their eyes over the first aid kits and laugh, but it's all in fun. They expect something like that from me:)


margaret blake said...

Very nice post on Christmas present and Christmas past.

I put up my tree and have the lights on, it is a "real" tree and smells heavenly.

Many people are going to find it so hard this year - but really the genuine message of Christmas is till obtainable. Peace and goodwill.


Sarita Leone said...

I think it's great that you're giving first aid kits. If they're ever needed they are going to be greatly appreciated.

Margaret is, as usual, wonderfully on target. Peace and goodwill to all.

We had one of those trees when I was a kid--I loved it! Wish I still had it now. :-)

Debbie Wallace said...

I so agree Margaret. With the economy the way it is right now, I hope it reminds those who can't afford to splurge on presents what Christmas is really about.

Debbie Wallace said...

They'll make fun of me but you're right, they'll be thankful if they need it. Hopefully they won't:)