One thing I have enjoyed since switching over to my shiny, new, grown up blog is the ease of checking out other blogs. I have spent many hours holding Baby Maya in my left arm while alternating my right hand back and forth between the mouse and keyboard, checking out all kinds of new blogs. One blog I came across about five minutes ago is called Mama’s Losin’ It.
My first thought when looking at the title is- Hey, I can relate!!! But in reading her blog I not only found myself laughing and enjoying her posts, but I also came up with today’s inspiration.
Every Wednesday she hosts a writer’s workshop where she posts topics for bloggers to choose from, and encourages you to choose one topic and blog about it. So for today’s blog I present to you my Writer’s Workshop Post:
Describe how you would celebrate the holidays if it was totally up to you and money was not a factor.
This is a good topic for me to write about right now. And I would like to start by saying that I LOVE PRESENTS. In fact, I love them so much that if you want to give me a present I can promise you that I will happily accept it, as long as it is something that you have carefully chosen from my detailed Christmas list.
That said, I am one of those dorks that truly believes it is better to give than receive. There is nothing I love more at Christmastime than having so many presents stuffed under my tree for all of my loved ones that they are spilling out all over into the living room. I love to see the look on someone’s face when they unwrap a present that they truly love. I love to see the joy on my daughter’s face as she and daddy play with her new toy and have so much fun together.
I have been so lucky the past few Christmases that this has been a reality. However, circumstances are different this Christmas. I had Maya in October, and she came right on time. She did try to come early however, so early that I was placed on bed rest about a month and a half before my due date. As my maternity leave is unpaid, this really made things tight. My husband and I crunched numbers and decided we have enough in savings to make it work, so I could still take my full maternity leave. Then the bomb dropped.
My husband lost his job one month after Maya was born. Although he has some good prospects and is collecting unemployment, in this economy it is hard to know just when he will be working again. Let alone what kind of position he will be able to get with so much fierce competition out there. So, of course, the most rational way to be cautious about our expenses is scale back on Christmas.
Suffice it to say, this topic is easily answered. If it were totally up to me (and money was not a factor), I would have to buy a bigger house to fit all of the presents I would be giving people.
I would start by purchasing every item on my sister’s baby registry, so that my niece will have everything she could need and want when she arrives in January.
I would buy my mom a new stove, and probably the other kitchen appliances to match. Then I would make sure my dad had top of the line cookware so he could prepare an amazing prime rib in his new kitchen (this Christmas dinner could be his gift to me).
I would have every pointless plastic object that Zoey doesn’t need, but oh-so-badly wants. Plastic computers, plastic musical instruments, and maybe even a plastic pony to “ride” around the house.
Maya would have a brand new Gap Baby and Gymboree wardrobe, instead of her sister’s hand-me-downs.
And most importantly, I would have the perfect gift for my husband. I don’t know what that gift would be. Even with all of the money in the world, he wouldn’t ask for much. So I would have a gift for him that lets him know how happy he makes me, what a wonderful father he is, and how honored I am to be his wife.
I would finish the day by watching It’s a Wonderful Life by the fire, with my husband and my two beautiful girls by my side. The best part of Christmas is enjoying the day with the people you love the most. And that is something we will do. Because for the most important things, money is never a factor.