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Christmas bacchanal

December 25th, 2010 at 06:05 pm

First let me say that our in-law free Christmas was really great. We were both actually looking forward to Christmas for the first time in 9 years. Now, I'm totally exhausted. A hot tub awaits. Didn't get to bed until 1 a.m. last night with a sick toddler, and had to wake up at 6 a.m. with our not sick toddler. Ugh. Christmas lasted officially from 7 a.m. (first gift opened) until 6 p.m. (last gift opened.).

However, our attempts to reign in grandma and limit gifts to the babies failed miserably. My mom and sister just love to shop. I mean love it. They do it for fun (not me. I hate shopping.) My mom bought us all way more than I think she should have. She doesn't go into debt or anything, but still. She could seriously cut back and still be too generous.

Now, we're exhausted and assessing what to do with all the loot. I'm not sure all of it will be staying. And if it does, an equal amount of something we already have will have to find a new home.

Right now, I'm too tired to think. I'll deal with the stuff tomorrow.

I think all went well, especially considering little man came down with a nasty flu yesterday. He felt really bad (temp 102.5 at 12:30 a.m. this morning, but down to 101 by 9 a.m.), but he didn't cry or complain. He tried to eat dinner with the family and was overall jolly. I'm extra proud of him.

UPDATE: After a hot bath, hubby and I were motivated to break down all the boxes for recycling, put all the unreusable wrapping paper in the recycling bin, take out the garbage, stash a few of the extra gifts for other occasions, and start a sell and a donate box. There are a few things in each. I also sorted and de-tagged all the clothes the babies received as gifts, so those are ready to put away in the morning. The house has returned to some semblance of order, albeit with more large toy tractors than before!

3 Responses to “Christmas bacchanal”

  1. Homebody Says:

    As a grandma, I know it is hard not to buy stuff. What stops me is that with the kids military, they move a lot and get rid of stuff, so I am more motivated to just buy something age appropriate and put some in savings for dear granddaughter.

  2. Homebody Says:

    Oh and I did buy her two size 3 outfits since they were dirt cheap at Kohls, and 4 pairs of socks!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I had no problem with socks and clothes, as long as they were for the older son (which means brother will wear them eventually too). It's the toys toys toys toys! So many pieces to keep track of, and so many things to step on in the dark in the middle of the night. My mom also isn't always good at figuring out which toys have staying power and which toys they'll be bored with after one or two plays. She's retired. I want her to save her money!

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