I know that some of the more commercial aspects of Christmas are not so wonderful, but I honestly love picking out gifts for my loved ones. This year I’ve been having a little trouble with a few family members (bought my brother something he already had last year and I didn’t keep the receipt, so my gift-giving morale went way down). Also, since so much of my time is spent looking after Luca, I don’t have the luxury of spending time shopping. I’ve been consulting gift guides, specifically those by Chatelaine magazine and Today’s Parent. They both feature 100 gifts for under $100, from a variety of Canadian retailers, and also sites such as Etsy. I’ve gotten some great ideas from them!
The guides are available online (links above) and in the December issues of the print versions.
In keeping with the Christmas feeling, I made a playlist of some of my favourite songs. It’s supposedly to play while trimming a tree or wrapping presents, but, um, I’ve been listening to it non-stop (yes, I actually love “Wonderful Christmastime”). Boney M, multiple versions of “O Holy Night”... what am I forgetting?