Sunday, December 14, 2008
Seven Hours
That's how many hours I shopped today.

Last year on Christmas morning it became abundantly clear that one of our five children had quite a few less gifts than the other four. I usually count and recount the kids gifts, I make lists, compare them, and make sure things are pretty fair in the gift department.

Last year I badly fell down on the job. This had never happened before.

The child in question never complained. He never really even mentioned it. However, this mom felt really bad.

So, today armed with my list I shopped and kept track of everything I bought. I only have two more gifts to buy and then I am done. Things are definitely more evenly distributed this year.

One child may have a few extra gifts however.

Somehow that seems only fair.


  posted at 10:28 PM  

At 4:44 AM, Blogger ~Mrs Sandy~ said...

I do the same thing. I thought I was the only one. I really don't like to make a difference in any of the kids(not even our fosters). So I make a list and compare the list and prices and have had to already take back a couple of gifts that put me over my limit for one of ours. So I'm glad to know I'm not alone. My husband thinks I'm weird, but I just call it fair.
Hugs, Sandy

At 4:57 AM, Blogger The Gang's All Here! said...

Giggle. I do it more by price equality, as there's quite a few years between the oldest and the youngest. The oldest likes more pricey stuff and the youngest is happy with little stuff. But I've been gaging my lists all week and I've got some serious stuff to equalize when I go on Thursday! Ugh.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger jolincountry said...

We do the same thing. I even shop the dollar tree for that last gift or two that will even things out. We even give each child a gift and they all open it at the same time. So, the same number of gifts is important.
And, we usually do 1 "big" gift and several small gifts.
I have 1 child that it is so hard to buy for. I assign her shopping to my hubby :)

At 7:57 AM, Blogger julie said...

Hi Ladies,

It's nice to know I am not alone in my mania to keep things equal.

Happy shopping (and counting).


At 1:03 PM, Blogger Heidi @ GGIP said...

I'm glad that you try to keep things equal. I know as a kid I really appreciated that.

Good job being almost done!!! I need to check my list and tomorrow night is my shopping night. I hope I finish, but I might need two shopping excursions!

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh, it's tough to keep track, isn't it? Good for you for getting all that shopping done. I'm bushed just shopping online!


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