Best Part of Christmas

For me, one of the best parts of Christmas is watching people unwrap the gift you picked out for them. I love seeing their reactions – and inside I always say a quick prayer that it’s not a, “What on earth – oh she’s looking at me – ‘Thanks so much, I love it!’ “reaction.

I spend hours (and I mean hours) online looking for the perfect gift. I can’t go to malls to do shopping – bless those of you that can but to me that’s like going into the pits of hell to find a needle in a, well, burning haystack.

I go through Facebook statuses to see what that person talked about over the past few months. I think back to conversations, things I’ve seen in their home, things they’ve mentioned they wished they had. And then when I find it, inevitably it comes in 24 different colors/patterns. Which means more contemplating. 

We had a Christmas budget this year, but we went over. Like every year. Both Sam and I get into thinking about what everyone would want – I show him my computer screen about 50 times a night saying, “This one? This one? That one? Um, no. How about…”

And we don’t always find the “perfect” one – it’s hard sometimes to pinpoint what someone might want or like, but we try to think in that case, “Well, what would we like as a woman/man/adult/parent?”

Christmas, to me, is a time when your gift says, “Hey, I thought about you. I knew a little something about you and tried to put that into this present.” And yes, even a gift card  can totally say that.

I can’t wait till Bella really *gets* Christmas. Even though she seemed to enjoy it. And enjoy pointing at things.

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday (and secretly hating everyone that got snow).


  1. says

    I do the same w/ gifts — and the internet makes getting ‘that’ gift so much more fun!! Unfortunately, 3, yes, 3 of my perfect gifts did not arrive this year. 3!! So I, like, Bella, did a lot of pointing to pictures I had printed, saying, ‘See? This is what you’re supposed to have.’ Merry Christmas!!

  2. Jen says

    Sometimes the perfect gift is no gift at all. Honestly, I would rather not get a gift at all, than to open something that they picked up from the clearance aisle real quick on their way out of the store. I absolutely love to watch people open gifts that I spent a lot of time picking out for them. I’m the crazy nutter that will go to 5 different stores until I find the RIGHT thing. I should definitely go the online route next year though.

  3. says

    Totally know what you mean! I’ve been online investigating/shopping for four months to find the absolute perfect gifts! It’s so great to give a person something that they cherish, to me that’s the ultimate gift. Bella certainly seems to be enjoying herself! Merry Christmas!

  4. says

    No hating here, SoCal does NOT have snow! But we are going to the snow, does that count?! Ha ha! I love watching people open gifts much better than receiving them! :)

  5. says

    That’s my favorite part of Christmas, too. Well, that and all the insanity of the family. :) “Found” you through a friend . . .*cough*