Do you remember counting down to Christmas as a child? As I've gotten older, I find myself less interested in countdowns...only because it reminds me how much time I DON'T have. Now, on December 21, I'm ready to start my countdown. 4 days until Christmas and only 3 days until Christmas Eve Eve. (Admit it...you used to countdown to that one too!)
Abby and I officially finished our Christmas shopping last night with a trip to Hallmark and a quick stop at Michael's. I was so proud of her last night. When we arrived at Hallmark, I told her that I would let her choose her dad's card...all by herself. I took her to the right section, because the holidays card can be overwhelming to a little girl. I left her there while I perused the store. After about 10 minutes, Abby had chosen a card all by herself. You could tell she put a lot of effort into choosing the "right" card. She was so proud of herself too. After a few more minutes, we were done.
The stop at Michael's was merely an adventure in enabling my OCD/control freak tendencies. I am, to quote my friend Emily, "a gift wrap snob." I shy away from the jumbo rolls for $2.99. I tend to pass over the rolls of paper you can almost see through. I avoid bulk packages of bows. I go for the thick, over-priced, glamour wrap that you find at Hallmark. If money were no object, all of our gift wrap would be color coordinated at Christmas. (Like I said, OCD/control freak.) Of course, money is not endless and my dear hubby has to cut me off every year at the day after Christmas sales. But, I do my best to have a couple of rolls each year that coordinate. Anyway, we popped into Michael's to purchase a roll of satiny ribbon to match *my* rolls of gift wrap for Christmas. Abby helped me choose a pretty green that should look adorable on our gifts for Mike. I know, I'm teaching her to be just like me. But, I could think of plenty of things worse than being a gift wrap snob. Mike will balance me out when they wrap my presents :-P
Abby is so excited about her gifts for her dad this year. She was able to fully participate and she's sooo ready to start wrapping. Since I'm working through Thursday, I promised a morning of gift wrap mania first thing Friday. I can't imagine what time she'll be waking me up, but a promise is a promise.