The Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?

Sure…but it also isn’t. With all this stress building up, the holidays seem to be the only thing to keep me moving right now. It always has been —and let’s face it, always will be—my favorite time of the year, despite the lack of money in my pocket.

So many great things come with this season. It’s the time when family comes together, the food is suddenly better than normal, and (you guessed it) I make gift giving my bitch.

So far, I’ve only purchased a couple of things, but I’m excited to start up again this weekend. Today is the first Black Friday that I’ll actually have a good amount of money for, so I hope I do well when I get out of work tonight. My goal is to get my mom, Oma, and my younger siblings done this weekend.

My mom used to be so easy to buy gifts for, but now she’s the hardest. I personally don’t like the idea of buying her clothes, partially because I’m still unsure of what her style is, but also because the woman already has too many clothes. I used to always get her pictures of the family in frames, but last year, she basically told me and my siblings that she never wants picture frames again.

That might sound harsh, but it’s actually completely understandable.

She has absolutely no room left. None.

So, last year when it was time for me to start looking for ideas, I thought of something I never had before: personalized gifts.

My friend, Tyler, works at Yankee Candle, and at the time, he told me to make one of their Personalized Candles for her. (His job is to basically promote Yankee Candle everywhere on social media. He’s really good at what he does.) I started out with just making my mom a couple, and then ended up buying twelve freaking candles. Twelve! It sounds totally nuts, but everyone loved their candles so much last year, that I purchased more this year.

Yes, I know it sounds like I have a candle problem. I don’t, I swear!

(I might.)

So this year, I got my mom another personalized candle, as well as a personalized calendar from this great website I use called Snapfish. She keeps a calendar at her desk at work, so I know she’ll use it. And I know she’ll love it—the woman loves customized gifts. I’m not really sure what else I can get her, but at least I know that she’ll appreciate what she’s already going to get. So now I just have to brainstorm. Big time.

Christmas shopping really helps me get into the spirit of the holidays. I love the whole idea of going out and getting things for people that will mean something to them, so Christmastime is totally my time to shine. I love the excitement in my friends’ faces when they open up that book I caught them staring at a couple weeks ago; or how sentimental my dad gets when we actually get him something he wanted, but didn’t think we could afford. I can’t wait to be with family and friends, and talk about the old times, wish for greatness in the future, and laugh about the mess that is 2016. Just the thought of this terribly cold and beautifully lit season makes me smile. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me.

And I don’t think that I could get any more excited.

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