Well, Holiday Season anyways. I went shopping yesterday. Ugh, I am worn out. I like shopping and finding treasures for my family, and I like the reminder to be thankful that I have the ability to treat them (without putting myself in a financial mess). However, the push to find exactly what I am looking for and make sure the nieces and nephews are even is tough. Not to mention the exhaustion of shopping all day after not doing that all year! In years past I have spent a little at a time and shopped roughly September through December. This year I waited for the Christmas bonus, which doesn’t appear until after Thanksgiving. I still have some things to pick up, stockings to fill for hubby and me (and maybe the animals). Plus wrapping everything and baking for the office. Nevermind that I am finishing up a class. I am not meaning to complain, I just realized that I am a bit overwhelmed this year. I will have to see what I can change next year without going crazy for Christmas in July. 

Good news though, I found this years ornament! I tried finding a traditional bell each year and finally switched to snowflakes as bells tended to be of the jingle variety and difficult or expensive to find. I am going to try to find bells for the big years, I have one for our first Christmas and one for our 5 year anniversary. So that leaves 10 year, 25 year and 50 and 75 to look forward to finding. Now I just need to convince myself that it will be worth it to me, to put our tree up and decorate it. 

I hope your pre-festivity activity is more exciting and jolly than mine has been so far. 

There is another thing to look forward to this year. My husband’s work’s Christmas party is a masquerade this year. How cool is that!?! We mostly have our outfits put together already. Basic clothes (no costume, that would be going a bit overboard as the company is not quite as Halloween-centric as we are) masks, top hat for him and I just need to decide what shoes I am going to wear. Luckily the weather is going to be nice, if a little cool. 🙂 I may post pictures later. If I get any taken! lol