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The Monday Blahs

November 20th, 2006 at 11:54 am

Not much to talk about on the financial front. I did deposit some more money into my sahm acct. I can't remember exactly how much right now, I think around $25. I've got to get my checks to Schwab so I can open my Roth IRA. I just keep forgetting to swing by there. I guess I can deposit the checks and just write a check to them and mail it. Sigh.

I know I am a scrooge....I just can't wait for the holidays to be over. I am trying to be upbeat for DS who will love all the decorations, etc.

Why pull all the xmas crap out just to have to take it down and put it away. Seems like a lot of work to me and I'm already so busy. WHy go out and spend hundreds of dollars on gifts that I'm not sure will be used/liked. I brought up having all the adult children just buy for the 'grandchildren' but no one wanted to do that. All we end up doing is swapping gift certificates and useless gifts. What's the point? My sister and BIL have a ton of money and just buy whatever they want. So I end up buying them more crap for their overcluttered house. My sister has an Amazon wish list and there are a bunch of books (she's a big reader) and $24 lip balm. OMG. Not to mention all the stuff that I get (that I don't want). I know I'm sounding so bah humbug. I can't help it. I'd rather skip the whole gift giving thing and just enjoy the holidays. Well, I have many more years of fake cheer ahead of me so I guess I'd better grin and bear it! Bah Humbug!! : )

3 Responses to “The Monday Blahs”

  1. fern Says:

    I fully agree with you on the gift-giving tradition for adults. It's all so obligatory and most people just go out and buy something if they want it. I guess the exception would be if it was some sort of luxury the wouldn't otherwise buy for themselves.

    On the decorating thing, i like to do that cus it helps get me in the mood, but i hear what you're saying. I stopped doing a full sized tree, artificfial or live, years ago, and now i'm quite content to do smaller, tabletop trees and other paraphenelia. Seems more manageable to me.

  2. carol Says:

    I'm ok with the decorating, since we "dress up" the two big trees in our front yard with those gigantic velvet Christmas bows you can tie on. I'm ok with inside decorations, although I may skip doing even a table top tree this year. I don't know yet. I do know that I'm going to skip Christmas gifts this year. The boys are 11 and 14. Frankly I'm tired of getting them more toys that they will be tired of within a week, and wracking my brain for gifts for their dad.

    I think just 4 very nice food gift baskets this year and maybe stocking stuffers. I know I probably sound like a scrooge too, but that's just the way I feel about the whole gift giving idea this year. Besides, with six lively cats, I shudder to think how fast our artificial 6 foot tree would be toppled over with those cats trying to knock off the ornaments

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    I hear you. I hate giving gifts that are not used or appreciated. I'm too tired to decorate (and since I live alone, it seems stupid). I love Christmas, though! The trick is to find a Christmas "moment" every year. One year, for me, it was going to a concert and seeing the choir members help a fellow member with cerebral palsy climb the steps for the processional. Beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes. That was Christmas.

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