I haven't been in the holiday spirit this year as I have in past years. Not sure what that's about. I love this season. I love the lights, the festivities, the spirit, the magic. I love giving gifts - almost as much as I love receiving them.
I don't want to believe my lack of spirit has to do with finances. I've gone through many holidays without the worry of gift buying. But I do miss being able to shop freely. I haven't allowed myself to browse my favorite online shop-stops; Amazon, Half, Ebay. I've avoided all my favorite shopping meccas; 3rd Street Promenade, Target, even the Venice Boardwalk. I've stayed out of every single store this year, with one exception: Trader Joe's. How can I overspend there? It's food!
Well yesterday, at the entrance, were hundreds of these tiny Christmas Trees - all screaming my name, sucking me in with their rich aroma and their "please-save-me-I'm-dying."
Without touching one, I sneaked a peak at the tag [looking for an outrageous price I just had to pass up]. No such luck. What I found instead was a "name" and "bio" [quick flashback to the Cabbage Patch Kids craze]. Below the "bio" (which later turned out to be "care instructions") was an incredibly reasonable price! OH NO! You poor thing. You're coming home with ME!
As I put "Stoney" (short for Italian Stone Pine) in his basket I heard feminine cries from across the way, "What about me?" Her scent was enticing but her adoption rate was just a little out of my price range. I was already spending $4 more than expected. How could I justify another $8 for Rosemary? Besides, she was fresh and young and good to go for years to come. She'll have no problem finding a nice family, perhaps even a chef, to give her a good home.
So far, Stoney and I are enjoying our lives together. I'm grateful for his presence in my life and he seems to be enjoying his new home.
Happy Holidays Everyone!