Yesterday was the first day I sat down and started to wrap the small amount of presents we will have under the tree. Andres and I are both of the opinion that it’s good not to spend too much at Christmas, since that’s not really what we think it’s about. However, I’m a bit more on the spend side, and Andres is a bit more on the save side. Every once in awhile, we have a good discussion about how to meet in the middle 🙂 For me, it’s not about the amount I spend or don’t spend, I love to give. In my opinion, it’s fun to buy thoughtful gifts, and to me, the cost doesn’t really matter so much most of the time. If our family has made a limit on how much to spend (as in, my family has opted to choose names this year, and there is a money limit) I like to spend the full amount, sometimes, squeezing a couple extra dollars in if I can. If I get things on sale, that’s all the better, because I’m getting more bang for my buck. This year, I have had to hold back a bit since we now have our Bunny, and it’s pretty darn easy to find things to spend money on! (Fingers crossed, I’ve only splurged on one Costco sleeper so far!)
There is one thing I wish I could give more of at this time of year, and that is paintings. I like to give paintings as gifts when I can. I think it’s a thoughtful and personal gift. The only problem is, I would have to start these projects come January and continue on through the year. I don’t think there would be very much room for any painting opportunities such as commissions or gallery exhibitions. Art in the Park probably wouldn’t happen. By the way, I’ve already started thinking about new magnet sets for next year – that is a show I definitely will have to be planning in advance! So, usually a couple of people will get a painting, but that’s it. This year is no exception. I have been busy with my RCMP commission and so haven’t had time for much else in way of art-making. What about you? Do you make personalized gifts when you can? What is your craft?
Jesse Tree Day 15: 1 Kng 17:1-16, 18:17-46 – The Threat of False Gods
Jesse Tree Day 16: 2 Kng 18:1-19:19, 32-37 – Faithfulness and Deliverance