Getting My List, Checking it Twice

I know it’s early, but I am already thinking about my Christmas shopping. If you think about it, it’s only two months and change till the big day. I am trying to get things done now so that it will be a bit easier on my pocketbook. I love so many things about Christmas: getting together with family, holiday cheer, the food, all the love of family and friends. What I hate is the focus on material things and the stress of going broke really gets to me. I love giving heartfelt gifts, and I hate the idea of just buying someone a thing. I think that’s great for the kids, but for my parents and the other adults in my life, I try to make homemade gifts.

This year I’m working on a slideshow dvd with pictures and movie clips of all of my family members. I did one two years ago, so I hope people aren’t bored by the same thing, but I think they’re fun.
This year will also be exciting because we have so many babies in the family. Nothing makes Christmas better than watching kids open presents, especially babies. They get so obsessed with the wrapping paper, usually more than the present themselves. This year my nephew and niece are coming to stay with us and I can’t wait! I think it’d be cool to get my nephew AJ something cool like remote control helicopters or a mini power wheel. I think he’s still a little too young (he’ll be 2 1/2 in December). Shopping for AJ, and my other nephew A, and baby B my lil niece, is going to be my favorite Christmas shopping this year.

For the boy, I am completely stumped. It’s our first Christmas together, and I have no clue what to get him. All I know is it has to be great. Suggestions?

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