The congestion has moved to my chest. I feel good for a little while, but get winded after any exertion. I have to pace myself.
I’m chomping at the bit because my wood floors are half sanded here and there. I can’t decorate until the floors are sanded/refinished. And I can’t finish the floors until I feel better. So I wait…with my undecorated house and half sanded floors.
I could put the floors off until January and cover the floors with rugs for now, but it feels like a failure on my part. I so wanted a perfect house for the holidays.
At least my shopping is done. The other day while I was coughing up a lung, I read an article that said you should buy four gifts for each person. One practical, one wearable, one wished for, and one book.
I come from a large family. During lean times, my parents bought us a board game or a community toy. In various years, I remember a metal top that you cranked to spin, ball and jacks, and a Spirograph.
It was no big deal to share a community gift. We were used to it. Later, when times were better each of us would get one gift each.
The idea of giving four gifts per person boggles my mind. Maybe that’s a sign of better financial circumstances, but when you read that the majority of Americans are not saving enough for retirement, I question the validity of the four gift guideline.
Even when I became an adult, I would never give more than one gift each. Today, I make an exception for my mother because, well, she’s my mother.
When Greg and I used to exchange gifts we had a spending cap. It didn’t matter how many gifts you gave as long as it was under the dollar amount we set aside. Trust me, it was a very low ceiling. 😀
I’m curious though. How do you feel about this etiquette rule of four gifts each? Do you have a preset limit on how much you’ll spend on each person? How much more shopping do you have left?
PS Can you believe tomorrow is December already?!
Don’t forget that I plan to host an author day tomorrow. It’s the Gift Guide for Readers. If you have a book you’d like to promote you have a few hours left to get in. (There is no cost to authors. It’s my Christmas shout out for you.)
If you’d like to see some of the other gift guides, check these out.