Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Better to give

You guys, I am so excited for Christmas this year.

Not that I'm not excited for it every year, because of course I am never not excited about a day that fails to never be filled with nothing that isn't joyful and triumphant. Except perhaps too many double negatives. I just wrote that first one and thought it would be fun to throw in three more. If you don't agree, don't worry - not finding humor in odd phrasing makes you a saner person than I am.

Where were we? Ah, Christmas.

I have a few things to say about Christmas this year. Three, actually.

1) I do not think I am going to have to shop (or wrap!) on Christmas Eve. Supremely awesome.

***Side note: Somebody PLEASE tell me that I'm not the only person in the world that doesn't really "get" wrapping presents! Seriously, I kind of wish we would all just keep everything hidden until we were ready to give it and then just "TA-DA!" pull it out. That is probably way too practical of me because of coure wrapping paper and bows are pretty and such...but my goodness, wrapping kind of gets on my nerves. Don't send me hate comments. It's Christmas, people. Side note over. ***

2) I learned (and several of you that listen to the same Christmas radio station I do probably learned this as well) that Xmas isn't actually taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas." Turns out that "X" is a historically legitimate abbreviation for "Christ." You guys, Wikipedia says so, so it must be true. Of course, I don't think this means you should say/type/paint on your store window "Merry Xmas!" because seriously, it's not that much harder to say/type/paint on your store window "Merry Christmas!" But I guess if you live in ye olden days and have the Plague or something and you only have enough ink, firelight, and strength to write "Merry Xmas!" on the last Christmas card you'll probably ever send to your estranged father, I won't hold your "Xmas" against you.

3) I'm kind of intensely stoked to give presents this year. In fact, I'm going to come right out and say that I am significantly more excited to give presents than to receive them this year. I really think I done good. Of course, don't make me a saint or anything; I'm still looking forward to having some of these coming my way. (Don't judge; I hear they're super comfy.) But seriously - I can't wait to GIVE. It's awesome.

But I really should wait. Because, if I didn't, I'd have to find new Christmas presents, which would mean shopping (and wrapping!) on Christmas Eve, not to mention only having time to write "Merry Xmas!" on all the gift tags.

And then I'd have to delete this post - which, seeing as how it is a fine example of my best sleep-deprived ramblings, would be a real shame.


  1. You're so funny! Just so you know--my parents (due to Mom) NEVER wrap their presents anymore. When we were little it was newspaper, than strange wallpaper (wrapping paper was too expensive), and now its all just in the plastic bag it came in. And we're all just fine with that! On the other hand, Dan's family wraps them perfectly and everything has a bow on it.

  2. Our presents from Santa were never wrapped. In fact, they still aren't, and I'm planning on carrying that on in our family. They would just be kind of set up in the family room so you could see everything you got as soon as you went in there. I like it that way. But we do wrap our presents to each other.

  3. It's so true. I haven't really put a lot into buying gifts until this year, and it's WAY more fun. Also, our Santa presents weren't wrapped either! And still aren't. [My aunt says that when we stop believing in Santa, there will be no more presents. I believe!]

  4. Ha ha I always like giving presents better too :) In fact, David and I have pinky promised for the past 2 years that we wouldn't get anything for each other. Has made it so much easier to just focus on the kids and I don't miss the gifts one bit. Merry X-Mas! ;)

    P.S. I just got a couple pairs of knock-off Toms at the mall. No judging here :)


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