(I always play music when I write these and I chose Christmas Jazz. I recognized the song I was listening to … it was “The Lady is a Tramp”. I thought “well that’s not appropriate” -- I forgot to put in the Christmas part; it was just raw jazz music. The tramp song just didn’t put me in the mood.)
I told a group at lunch that I have yet to put up my Christmas tree. “You mean drag the completely decorated tree upstairs and plug it in?” said Micki. Yes, yes that’s what I meant. Even though it feels like December just started, I’m reminded by many daily that I am completely behind the curve. With this in mind, I’ve decided that my Christmas may take a different look this year. This year instead of just writing checks for gifts -- I’m thinking I may actually buy gifts people would appreciate.
Gift giving in 2021 is different than it was years ago when I was a kid when anything (with the obvious exception of clothes … underwear) was accepted as the “best ever!” Gift giving is now an art. It requires close attention to “likes” and “dislikes”. In most cases, it requires intense scrutiny and observation - this is not a talent of mine. It is a quest … I will do my best.
((just for the record, how times have changed. When I was 8, underwear was the worst gift possible. Now? A good pair of socks is close to heaven.))