Tuesday, December 7, 2010


The Holiday Season is in full swing right now. Our tree is up and decorated. The stockings are hung. We've even used the fireplace and played Christmas music in the background to bring us more cheer. The outside of the house is full of holiday nick-knacks ranging from the inflatable ornaments to random animals dressed in winter clothing.

Everything is ready for Christmas but one minor detail (said very sarcastically with eyes rolling). Okay make that two minor details.

Minor detail #1: I have yet to receive my Christmas cards that I ordered. Did I mention I just placed the order 2 days ago? I'm just hoping people will receive them before 2011.

Minor detail #2: I have purchased 2 gifts. Those gifts were purchased today. My Christmas shopping list seems as long as Santa's.

I understand that Christmas is all about being together as a family. I'm supposed to enjoy this season and absorb the love and joy. To be frank, people expect presents. Don't tell me they don't. If we're truly being honest with one another, when was the last time a member of your family was happy with a hug for Christmas?

Well this year, I'm this close (thumb and index finger 2 mm away from each other) to call it a wrap and purchase gift cards for all. With the few exceptions, being my kids, I'm so very tempted to. I can literally drive on over to my local grocery store, purchase the usual grocery items, and get a bunch of gift cards. That's it! The only major thought is to decide which type of gift card to purchase.

I, for one, love gift cards. I usually get a few different ones and place them in my wallet, so they're ready for action at any moment. I understand the pure enjoyment of ripping open the wrapping paper and avoiding paper cuts is kind of a bummer.

So tell me your thoughts on gift cards? Yay or nay?


  1. I don't have a problem with getting gift cards, but like you I'm not crazy about giving them. I guess because it seems like it doesn't require a lot of thought, and really that is what the gift is supposed to be about.

  2. We stopped exchanging gifts a few year with my immediate family, and only buy for the little kids. It has made Christmas infinitely easier, for sure!

    But for the other side of the family? I love gift cards... both receiving and giving them.

  3. I LOVE getting them but feel like I'm cheating when I give them. Crazy, huh?

    I am opposite you this year. Christmas shopping is done, except the kids (because my husband wants to come), but my decorating/cards are in disarray. My tree has been in my house for almost a week, undecorated :(

  4. I say YAY! I love gift cards--it's so much better than buying a scarf for someone that ends up going to Goodwill or being regifted!

  5. Big Fat Yay from me! Target, Dunkin Donuts or Old Navy - neat, discreet and complete. It is - as they say - the gift that keeps on giving those marketers big bonuses.