Christmas morning 2010. Before you gasp too hard, do know that I'm semi-obsessed with wrapping paper. I will quite happily wrap a $1.00 coloring book or a $.50 candy bar, because that's how I roll. (haha, I made a funny there)
If you do gifts on Christmas, what's your gameplan? Do you have a certain amount of money you spend on each child? Do you make sure they have exactly the same number of gifts? Do you just kind of fly by the seat of your pants or are you the kind that starts Christmas shopping in July? I'm more organized this year then I've ever been before, but I know that to some moms, I'd seem like a disaster since I still have a fair amount of shopping/crafting to do. Because we have kids spread so far apart on the age spectrum, we tend to go for an equal number of gifts rather than an equal budget (it would be rather silly to spend $100 on a 2 year old, just because an 11 year old got an iPod, when all the 2 year old wants is doll clothes and coloring books). This year, we are at 6 gifts a piece from Mom and Dad and then one more from a sibling (we do a name exchange - each kid picks a sibling's name out of a cup and they get to spend $25 or so dollars on them rather than spending $5 per child and adding more junk to our full house). We all open our gifts one at a time on Christmas - people opening gifts all at the same time is one of my little pet peeves (I can't savor the reaction on each child's face when they open their gift - plus why NOT spread out the fun for longer?). Having 7 gifts a piece, plus a gift from Grandpa, plus a Santa gift comes out to 54 gifts under our tree! That sounds like a lot, but it's amazing how quickly it goes by. Out of those 54, I have 18 gifts left to get. Okay, so maybe I'm not doing as well as I thought. But I know what those gifts are going to be - so that's gotta count for something, right? Time to get busy this week!