My sister got me hooked on this TV show: Wrap Battle.
Basically, a bunch of people wrap different gifts under a time constraint and get eliminated one by one until only one wrapper remains!
Now my idea of gift wrapping is to use so much wrapping paper it looks like a pillow.
But these people are seriously obsessive and detailed and I quickly got sucked into the drama. Wrapping paper! Who would think!
My aunt has a saying: “Shop at home first.”
Bethany and I drove into Milwaukee today to visit our grandparents. We planned to hit Goodwill on the way but ran out of time.
Good thing too because by the time we left Grandma and Grandpa’s my car was too full for anything else. What with a desk and punch bowl and decorations and tea set…
And the best part is not just that we got it free (which it would not be at Goodwill!) The best part is that everything has a story. From great, great grandparents to wedding gifts to semi-recent rummage purchases, each item comes with a story that continues with us.
So thank you to all the relatives that have helped furnish my apartment. My sister and I are daily surrounded by gifts and love. ❤️
Christmas shopping with my brother Sam:
You enter the store and go immediately to the department with the Item you decided to purchase before walking in. You spend all of 3 seconds verifying it is correct. Then you check out. No turning to the left or right.
Christmas shopping with my brother Elijah:
Me: “Elijah, you are coming Christmas shopping with me.”
Me: “OH! I wanted to look at that…Can you believe someone made this? And people buy it! Oh look at that shirt over there! Do you mind if we swing by shoes? We should check out the toy section for options. LOOK. $5 DVDs. Ahahahaha look at that pillow case! Let’s go back by t-shirts. I want to look for this bizarrely specific thing…YOU KNOW WHO WOULD LOVE THIS? Do you need a present for…? We should go back to that other department….”
*Meanwhile, Elijah calmly follows me everywhere and doesn’t complain once*
I love gift giving, sales, and shopping. Black Friday rocks. Except I’m not an early best-deals Black Friday shopper. I’m a, “It’s after noon so I suppose most people are gone and I will see what is left” shopper. Today I couldn’t talk anyone into joining me so I went solo, which ended up working out really well. I got Christmas and winter birthday gifts set for almost everyone in my family!
But here is the problem. Now I do not have any reason to buy gifts for the next six weeks!
Many years ago, my 4 siblings and I came to a hard realization: there were no holidays between August and Christmas. (Apparently we forgot about Thanksgiving and my Mom’s birthday…but neither of those events involved us getting presents, so it is excusable.) To remedy this, we decided to celebrate a Sibling’s Day on October 10th and give presents to one another.
Now, Sibling’s Day is an actual holiday on April 10th, but we didn’t know it at the time and I don’t think it would have altered our purpose any if we had. We needed something to celebrate between Elijah’s birthday and Christmas. So Sibling’s Day was created!
It has been over a decade since we first started exchanging gifts, but it is a tradition we still hold to. This year we have the joy of adding a sibling…our new sister-in-law Amber! Though busy schedules means we can’t always be together on this day, October 10th remains a wonderful reminder of how fortunate I am to have such great brothers and sisters. I love you all! (And I can’t wait to exchange presents! 😉 )