As I’m not sure whether Madame La Thumb will have to go under the knife again (my appointment with the surgeon was postponed for 10 days, which will be next week now) I decided I needed to get ahead with buying the Christmas presents.
Our family decided some years ago that each Christmas we would do ‘Secret Santa’. All the names are put in a hat and we pull out one – then we just buy for that person, and a budget is set which suits all pockets. It works really well for us and then we have money to give to Christian Aid or Oxfam too, and the grandchildren are involved in projects like Samaritan’s Purse which is good for them, to think of other children who will have nothing this Christmas..
When it comes to the grandchildren, we are allowed to buy them a present each! After much discussion with the daughters, Hub and I set off today with my trusty little list to see what we could find. We decided to start at ToysRus, which we both hate, because there is just FAR TOO MUCH choice – and despite that – we can never find what we want and I end up going home and doing loads of internet research anyway!
Well, waddyaknow. I started looking in one section and Hub in another, then we got together and compared notes and prices and gifts, and found we were really doing well. Eventually we emerged with almost all the gifts for the kids, and feeling rather pleased with ourselves.
I even managed to track down the Hello Kitty dress that Eldest Granddaughter is begging for, by dint of diving into Asda – I found them all on a moveable rail – they hadn’t even been put on the shelves yet!
Lots of lovely crossings-off on my little list Now I need to tackle Hub, who NEVER knows what he wants for Christmas or birthday … and this year, neither do I