How much Money to Spend on Christmas?

How much money to spend on Christmas is a good question? With the big day just a couple of weeks around the corner everyone is starting to panic and worry about what is the “must have” for Christmas 2012???? I have no idea and I am not going to worry about it either.

Or the Friday where many folks hope to get the bargain of a lifetime and fight the crowds so they can save a couple of bucks… Is it really worth it I ask? Why do we always have to buy something for everyone for Christmas?? Isn’t Christmas about goodwill and cheer or has that idea been flushed down the toilet too like all the other things in life that once held true…. Times aren’t like they used to be!

I have seen many an ad or commercial for things that I nor my guy need but the ads always say that that is the gift to give and it will make your better half happy. Isn’t my better half happy when I don’t buy him that present??? Will he just stare at me on Christmas day and say to me “How could you be such a tight wad!!” and that would only be because I didn’t do what the ad said …. Buy that expensive gift… It makes me feel like my relationship will end then and there when I don’t spend a bundle of cash. Does my guy still love me ????

My guy would be happy when I do something nice for him or make him something, because he says then he feels that I really thought about him and not just opened up my wallet and spent some grubby looking bank notes on something that will end up in the closet a couple of weeks after Christmas and never to be seen again for the next 15 years… You know what I am talking about?

Someone gives you a present for Christmas [normally with good intentions] and after you have un-wrapped it and thanked them and said how wonderful the present is and it lands back under the tree… the life after is it ends up hidden away after the Christmas tree is taken down never again to see daylight again. I love those gifts and seem to have collected a lot of interesting things through the years and wonder sometimes even today- What should I do with the present??? Throw it away? I can’t do that. Give it to someone else??? Bad idea all my friends know each other and that is definitely out of the question, so what do I do put it in the box with all the other stuff that I have collected through the years.

Plus, there is more to the pre holiday season then just shopping. There’s the decorating of the tree or the smell of baking cookies in the oven or the aroma of a warm punch and all the other great things that go alone with this time of year making it a joyous season.

Enjoy your pre-Christmas preparations and take time to enjoy the small things in life too!

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My Husband’s skin

As you all remember last week I mentioned that my husband had and still has stressed-out skin. Well I thought on Saturday evening while we were dinning out at the local pizzeria that I would broach the subject again.

I had been thinking all week about what should I say to my husband and how can I ask him about his stressed out skin. I also noted that he didn’t buy himself any facial cream or if he did, than he had it hidden in his desk drawer at work so I wouldn’t know about it. Though this I doubt very much because sometimes he can be a real tight wad when it comes to buying things that he or we really need. This I believe could be a male trait and females tend to be more lighthearted with their money (at least that’s how I see it).

Anyways, during the course of the meal I popped the question about the facial cream because on Tuesday morning when the alarm clock went off I almost fell out of bed when he rolled over and wanted to give me a kiss. You should have seen his face with those words “stressed-out skin” written all over it. I just couldn’t kiss him because I was in such a state of shock with heart palpitations!!!!

And when I asked “Honey, did you buy yourself any facial cream this week?” I gave me a look and said “It’s none of your GD business.” I thought boy is he in a bad mood and why is he so upset about my question? I mean really, I am a caring wife and only want the best for him and it seems that because his skin is stressed-out that he is stressed out too. I will never understand the male species.

So after we finished our meal in silence (I am sure many of you know what I am talking about here). I suggested that we go quickly to the mall before it closes. And thank goodness he agreed to drive there or else I wouldn’t have managed the rest of the weekend!!!

Once at the mall I decided it is better if we meet-up in an hour otherwise this could end up in a heated conversation and that I really wanted to avoid at all costs.

So as we went our separate ways I headed right for the shop that sells beauty products and creams. Once inside I explained to the sales woman my problem and she told me that: “you know there’s a lot of that going around at the moment so you better be careful or else.” I wondered to myself what does “or else” mean. She got me thinking but I thought to myself that I had to keep a clear head.

While I was standing there waiting for the sale woman to return with the facial cream that I wanted; who walks into the store -> low and behold “MY HUSBAND”!!!! He asked me what I was doing there. And I told him” Buying him a facial cream.” There was a moment of silence because he didn’t know what to say and then he said to me that was so nice of me to care for him. I just smiled at him and he started to explain to me why he was soooo up set earlier in the evening.

My husband said that on the meeting on Monday (all guys) that they decided to meet-up again on Wednesday with their pie charts to discuss the problem of “stressed-out skin” and that according to statistics that they had gathered (source unknown) this seemed to be a rampant problem worldwide and that there were beauty farms popping up everywhere to take care of this problem and that next month he and his pie chart guys are going to one of these for a business trip wellness weekend.
I told him “good luck” because some of you may really need a wellness weekend to get unstressed.

I just hope after this trip that my husband won’t have this problem anymore and that any of you male readers reading this take note: Don’t let stressed out skin ruin your weekend.