White Elephant: What are the gifts you’re looking forward to giving, or hoping to receive?
I am a terrible gift giver. Not because I lack love for the people in my life, but because to be completely honest, giving gifts gives me just a monstrous amount of anxiety. I want it to be thoughtful. I want the recipient to actually want the gift. I fret if it is neither of those things.
There is the year that I made my brother a calendar of photos of taxidermied mice. That met the requirements of being demented and totally unsolicited in one fell swoop. I still laugh about it to be honest.
Really though, the inspiration for the right gift is so rare, that if any sort of whiff of inspiration so much as comes near me, I am sold. This year I started much earlier than later (read: October) and was rewarded for my efforts with what is for me, a semi-stash of gifts to be proud of.
On the other side of the coin (and I feel like this is a REAL topic change), now we have a child. Which means that where for years Marcus and I have been able to skate by, without any “real” need for tradition or exchanging of gifts with one another, now we must begin to do these things that seem so unnatural to us. I want this Hanukkah to be the first of many celebrations for Critter but it is so hard to find the line between “he won’t remember this one” (really, he won’t…he’ll only be 11 months old) and This Is The First Chapter In A Very Long Book.
\We’ll all just have to wait and see.