Hard to believe that Christmas is now over. It's seems like you spend forever getting ready and in a split second - it's done!
I actually did well this Christmas, hubby bought me a new digital camera - an Olympus Stylus 710. It has 7.1 megapixels and is about the size of my palm. I'll admit, I had hinted quite a bit over the past month. The one he bought was my top choice but I had picked out cheaper ones I'd of been satisfied with - God love him, he bought the one I really wanted.
Step kids got me a photo album/journal gift set with colored pens and a whole pack of different colored Sharpie markers. I actually found this a creative gift - I'll use it all and it beats the normal scented body lotions/sprays/bath washes and/or scented candles that is the norm. Not that I want to sound ungrateful, but the truth is I have dozens of scented candles and though I do use the scented bath washes...the lotions and sprays irritate my skin terribly for some reason. It's just nice to get something I really can use. I got gift certificates from my family, the third season of Smallville from my one neice, money from my parents and little odds and ends. My husband's family chose to do a "thieves" gift exchange. It's where everyone brings a gift and you draw names and choose from the pile - the hitch is, that when your name is called you may take from the pile or "steal" a gift from someone that has already chosen. I stole mine from my stepson, and came home with a Brita Water Filtration Pitcher and photo coasters. That may seem odd to you, but I really wanted that pitcher. I drink lots of water. My step daughter ended up with the gift I had brought - a portable dvd player.
Actually a thieves gift exchange can be very hard. I had to come up with a gift that was appropriate for both male and female and for ages 14 thru 80. It wasn't an easy choice. At some point, I just had to find something and the dvd player fit the bill. Actually a gift card was my first choice, but then I thought - that's so obvious and what if everyone does that? Then we'd just be exchanging one card for another - what fun is that? As it turns out, only 3 gift cards existed in the pile - good ones....but it was nice that some good gifts were thought of too - like my water pitcher!!!! Course the cards were nice ones - they were Visa gift cards, so you can use them for whatever and where ever you want - hubby got one of them.
Now to get through New Years.