|Dancer Checking Out the Gifts|
On Sunday, daughter and I stayed home. In the morning, I cooked a cashew curry to take to my cousin's house on Christmas day. In the afternoon, I wrapped (or rather bagged) gifts. I needed to have 15 gifts ready for giving on Christmas day. I reused bags I had in my stash and the new tissue paper I had bought. Later in the evening, I took gifts over to my neighbor T and her daughter and, still later in the evening, I watched midnight mass from the Vatican, on TV. In between, I stressed because I hadn't made my usual gifts of jam and other homemade decorations, etc.
Christmas day was spent with good friends who invited us to lunch and with family who invited us to dinner. One of my cousins stopped by in the morning and we exchanged gifts then, although we would be seeing each other again, in the evening, at our other cousin's house. Then, daughter and I visited my friend A and her family. We spent the afternoon there and then, went to my cousin's house for the family dinner and white elephant gift exchange with the extended family. Later, my aunt, cousins, and I exchanged our family gifts. My daughter and I received clothes for the most part, which is a blessing because we both needed new clothes.
This year, because I didn't make any of my homemade jams and decorations, I decided to supplement my usual holiday gifts budget with some of the money leftover in my prayer gathering and almsgiving budgets. As a result, I went over my usual holiday gifts budget, but still stayed within my overall annual budget. Nothing was put on credit cards and no debts were incurred on holiday gifts.
Today, I wrapped up a few more gifts, since I have another 18 or so people to whom gifts will be given. I will see some of them later, this week, some at the monthly prayer gathering to be held next Saturday, and the rest will be New Year's gifts.
Another thing I didn't do this year was decorate the house. Usually, I enjoy decorating for the holidays, but this year, I didn't feel like doing it and neither did daughter. She did observe that it didn't look very festive, though.
I am grateful for:
- Family and friends who include daughter and me in their Christmas celebrations
- My daughter being home to celebrate with me
- Being able to supplement the gifts budget with funds leftover in other budget categories
- Not having the work involved in decorating and undecorating
- The gift of new clothes.
On Tuesday, one of daughter's friends came over to watch a movie with her, in the morning. In the afternoon, we went shopping - first to the fabric store to buy some fabric that she liked to make two cushion covers for her. Then, we went to one of our favorite discount clothing stores. Daughter found lots of bargains, including an anime character T-shirt for $2 that is selling for $35 at another store in the mall. She bought 15 items of clothing for $84 total and that included a long quilted jacket with a detachable hood for $20.00. I, too, found a couple of items for myself - a blouse ($6) and a dress ($15).
Plans for tomorrow (Wednesday) include going to the book store for a planner for daughter and maybe the dollar store for a couple of items, including more gift bags! I ran short of small gift bags.
What are your plans for tomorrow?