[Reprinted ~ Advent Calendar Day 19 ~ Christmas Shopping from Dec. 2009]
Everyone handles Christmas shopping differently, don't they? I personally hate to shop, except for Christmas time. I love buying for others, when I have the time. My problem is I don't know when to stop. I feel I want to buy everyone everything. When I get close to being done, I always find more I HAVE to buy for and end up wearing myself out and becoming so grateful when it is finally over.
My mother liked to shop, I think. She seemed to shop at least once a week. I am sure she started early with her shopping and finished early. As my grandmother aged, my mother used to do her Christmas shopping also. By the time all of my siblings were married and children were born, the family had grown to much for my mother. She opted for us to draw names among the adults, and buy for the children. I was surprised when that came about and really didn't understand it at all. But that became our program, and shopping became much easier.
Aren't the men the ones who typically do their shopping the day before Christmas? They generally don't have so many gifts to buy so they can get away with it. Not so sure they always get the best gifts though. None of the men in my family can be placed in that category, waiting to shop until Christmas Eve. My husband goes shopping one day, generally a couple weeks before Christmas, then comes home and announces he is all done Christmas shopping. He just can't understand what takes me so long to get my shopping done!
I used to make a lot of my Christmas gifts. Those were the days gifts needed to be cheaper, plus I had more time to work on projects. I would start making them in August, but still wouldn't finish my shopping until almost Christmas Eve. This year has been the latest start I have ever had with my shopping. Traveling in November delayed this years beginning to my Holiday shopping, but the trip was definitely worth it.
I said I was going to cut back this year, I have been saying this now for about 5 years, but I can't see where this has happened. It is kinda like taking from Peter to pay Paul. Don't buy for one person anymore, but then buy more for someone else. I can't win! I LOVE Christmas and I love spoiling my family once a year. This is probably why I can't ever be done shopping early, I keep going until I run out of time. (Is this what the Eveready rabbit does? He just keeps on going and going...)
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I finally took time yesterday to do something I have been wanting to do for awhile now. It has been several years since I started genealogy and blogging. Many cousins have been found. But, how many? Who? I have not kept any kind of system to log these cousin contacts. I was past due, do I even remember all of them? Well, that was the goal here. I started a spreadsheet of "Cousins Found." I titled columns with things like, phone number, address, email address, surname, how/where we made contact, and if I have met them. I am all about meeting my living cousins and their family members, it does my heart good, plus you never know how long they will be with us. Of course, they may also have information to help us in our genealogy research. I started listing the cousins names I remembered making contact with, those were cousins I generally keep in contact with anyway, so that was easy. Then, sporadically, I would remember someone contacting me on one e-mail address with connections…
Do you remember telegrams? Western Union Telegrams were a bit before my time. I have scanned the few that were kept and received by my paternal family back in the day. This telegram was sent to my grandmother from Obed Olson stating his brother Philip had passed away on Wednesday March 9, 1960. It also let the family know that the funeral services were to be on Saturday at 2:00pm at Coop Mortuary in Hibbing, Minnesota. The telegram was to be received by Friday (which would have been March 11) and the funeral with the funeral being the next day I highly doubt my grandparents made if from California to Minnesota for the funeral. Philip and Obed Olson were my first cousin once removed. Unfortunately, I never met either of them.
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I am following Tonia's Roots as she brings several GeneaBloggers through 31 weeks of working towards a better blog, prompts written by Darren Rowse.
Here is this weeks challenge adapted from Darren Rowse's daily challenges which Tonia is doing as weekly challenges:
Ever run out of things to write about on your blog?
If your answer is yes – you’re not alone.
This weeks's task is to do an exercise that will identify a range of post ideas that you can use when stuck for an idea in future. The key with this process is not to put yourself under pressure to come up with completely new and out of the blue ideas for every post you write. Instead – this process taps into what you’ve recently written on your blog and helps you to identify ways to extend those ideas. Here’s the mind mapping method that I’ve used (note: I’ve talked about this previously so it could be familiar to some).
1. The Set Up
Get a whiteboard, piece of paper, note book, tablet pc or something else to write on (the…