Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas present dilemma

The summer flew by, and I was so excited about football season starting back up (which, by the way, is going pretty well for my LSU Tigers). The excitement of football was refocused to our Thanksgiving trip to my dad's in Tennessee. Obviously, I have been aware that Christmas is only a little over two months away, but my brain has apparently been blocking it out.

I woke up yesterday in a panic - what are we going to buy the girls for Christmas?! I have no clue. Of course we'll buy them clothes, that's a given. I want to give them fun presents too, though. Something that they will be excited about and play with and enjoy. I'm faced with a dilemma, however, in that I don't know if we should get them each one big present and a few small toys, or get them three or four pricey toys, or just small gifts and get them a tv/dvd player to share....

I know that it's ridiculous for me to stress out over this. They're 21 months and 10 months old. It's not like they will remember the first two or three Christmases. Everyone says, "Just get them small things. Don't spend a lot of money. They won't know the difference." That's true, but I will know the difference. I'll know that I went cheap for my kids. I hate that.

I don't want to be one of those parents who spoil their kids and give them every single thing they want, but I do want to know that I gave them great presents, that I put thought into their gifts. Especially on Christmas - it's my favorite time of year.

I'm also faced with the dilemma of their birthdays - one December 16 and the other January 14. Right now it's not a big deal if I combine their Christmas/Birthday presents, but eventually I will have to wow them on Christmas, and then wow them on their birthdays. I can't help but stress out already about it.

I guess I could just narrow the list of possible gifts down to one or two small presents and then one "big" gift for each of them..... or one "big" gift for each of them, and then one "really big" gift for them to share..... AAAAHHHHHHHH