It’s funny from year to year how Christmas can change! This year, for example, I definitely bought my own Santa gifts! I also wrote my husband a gift list (per his request when my hints were not easily remembered). To make sure I approved his gift, he even told me to look as he returned from shopping earlier this week. So yes, I know what I’m getting from my husband AND Santa this year! Anyone else in the same boat as me? Cheers!

go mama o.

As the primary shopper in the house, I was tempted to be my own “Santa” this year, and I guess I sort of was.  There is one present under the tree that I bought for myself online and wrapped up, saying it’s from Santa.

This concept is not new.  My mom and mother-in-law have been known to buy presents from themselves and pass them off as being from either Santa or their dear spouse. It was only a matter of time for this tradition to come down to my generation.

As I wrote about last Christmas in The Joy of Giving and Feigning Joy of Receiving, I am not overly into receiving gifts, nor giving out gift ideas for myself. I enjoy giving presents much more. Above everything else, I value the time and experience with loved ones over the holidays. Last Christmas I didn’t give Daddy O. the…

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