As of 10:30 this morning, my Christmas shopping was officially done. Originally I was getting everything through Amazon, but even though they CLAIM that I have “Two! Days! Left! For Super! Saver! Shipping!” for my packages to arrive before Christmas, they were lying liars with all the lies. Two of the four items I was ordering would have arrived AFTER Christmas, so I nixed those two and ordered the others, then went to the mall to pick up the remaining items. I was in and out in a half-hour, INCLUDING parking-and-walking time. The mall is a quiet place at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning, it seems. The sit-on-Santa’s-lap line was pretty long, though.
I’ve gotta say, even though I kinda miss the whole Pile O’ Presents Gift Opening Extravaganza we used to have when the kids were little, I really prefer things as they are today. We’re all grown-ups, so each of the kids gets one wrapped present and a card with money – otherwise, it’s about the food, and the visiting, and being in a good mood. It’s a much more relaxed way to spend Christmas, I think. Jesus would approve.
If you’re looking for Christmas treats to make for your family, might I recommend the following:
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies (Lovely! The best chocolate chip cookies! With pudding in them, even!)
Food for the Gods (A rather ostentatious name for a simple date and nut bar. Never made ’em before but they look and sound awesome, so I’m adding them to the roster!)
The cookies in the thumbnail picture are Hershey Kiss Cookies, by the way. I’m not making them this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!