The Holiday Season is such a fun heartwarming time of year. A time of good cheer, not a time of danger to your marriage. Picking out gifts for family members and friends is creative and fun. It’s a challenge to find just the right thing and then all of a sudden you have a whole pile of “just the right thing.” And that pile just gets bigger, but how did that happen? May the following story be a warning to those of you who are happily married.
Last year we were spending Christmas in California. First we’d spend Christmas Eve and part of Christmas Day with our daughter and the twins. Then after gifts were opened, we’d head to our son’s house, four hours away and spend it with our two grandsons. We were going to drive as I had all the gifts for everyone gathered in the guest room. I’d had a good time shopping and found all sorts of just perfect gifts which soon became a big pile taking up more space than they should have in the guest room. The night before we left, Tom wanted to pack the car so we could get an early start in the morning.
“What is all of this!” he shouted in dismay, “All of these wouldn’t even fit into Santa’s sleigh!”
Those dreamy blue eyes were full of fury, I left that room in a great big hurry.
Yes I went overboard a wee tiny bit But he didn’t need to throw such a big hissy fit
“We’ll need two cars!” he sputtered and fumed. But he started carrying gifts from the room.
He got it packed, everything fit, Although we barely had room to sit.
Next year he said, each kid gets just two, I’m making a spreadsheet to send to you.
So I said those words he was desperate to hear, Those two little words, “Yes dear.”
Oh the stress! Does any of this sound familiar? It’s really hard to buy just two gifts each for our adorable, deserving grandchildren, You find the perfect two gifts and buy them and then something even more perfect comes along. Then what do you do? Take a chance on the fury again or just stop. I stopped at three, which I thought was a perfect compromise.
Has this ever happened to you or am I the only one to bust budgets? By the way, what budget? Do you actually have one? How does that work!