Saturday, December 19, 2009

I love Christmas, but I hate Christmas shopping.


I know you're in shock that there is something about Christmas I don't like, but hear me out first.

We have good hearts, I promise here at our little Christmas apartment but what we're sorely lacking to go with our big hearts are big pockets.

If I said I am not whining right here, I'd be lying because I am. However, I'm not whining about our current chapter of our lives. We have each other and while money is tight, the important thing is that Brandon is getting his education. I am working while he is finishing up. We each have our roles for this portion of the tale of our marriage. We also, I personally think, will be more appreciative later in life when we have because we'll remember when we had not.

(This is the part where I whine just in case you couldn't tell.)

HOWEVER, Brandon and I cannot give what we would like to give to the ones we love. We budgeted money, and have a gift for everyone we need. I just wish I could give them what I really want to give as opposed to what I have to give because of our current circumstances.

Please don't misunderstand me. We're not so poor that we have nothing. I get my "hair did" every month and buy all the product that goes with it. We eat out on a pretty regular basis. And we pay all of our bills every month on time.

God has taken and will take care of us time after time.

They are the little miracles in life that keep me grounded.

It just gripes me that we're not there yet. Contentment is a hard lesson to learn and one that I find myself struggling with on a regular basis and obviously so, today.

One day I'll be super pumped about Christmas shopping.

Until then, I hope what I've shared today hasn't been too personal or whiney for that matter.

Because I'm certainly not into whiners. In fact, I'm from the "Suck it up sister" school of thought.

Happy Saturday and Mele Kalikimaka.


Gina said...

I don't think you sound whiny at all. If you were whining about not having money for luxuries for yourself... ;) but it's sweet that you'd like to do more for others. There's a reason that the saying "It's the thought that counts" has stuck around for so long...because it's true. Merry Christmas!

adrienzgirl said...

Every one of us is entitled to whine a bit every now and then!

brown eyed girl said...

Story of my life. My mother just said "Why don't you not work so you can focus on your research and get done with school faster?" My sister is in vet school and doesn't work at all. I was all "Ma, one month of our rent is three months of their mortage, I don't have the luxury to NOT work." WTF woman.

I can't wait until I'm like 70 and my student loans are paid off...maybe then I can get all the sweet things I lust after! ;)

Brittany Ann said...

I totally understand, and I'm with my girl Gina. You sound realistic, not whiny. Contentment is hard, and if you're like me, it comes and goes, comes and goes.

One day, though, I have feeling we'll both "be there." And then we'll go Christmas shopping. Together. Girls trip!

Kelsey Claire said...

I was nodding through this entire post!

Kristin said...

I think most of us are scaling back this year! It's all about spending time with our loved ones right?

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