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Unprepared for Christmas so far — FranklyStein

Boxes blocking the door

Online shopping, however, is all I seem to have time for. Since Dec. 1, I haven’t set foot in Target or Wal Mart, which is highly unusual for me. In the meantime, I’ve placed two pretty substantial orders from Walmart.com, along with orders from swimoutlet.com, LLBean.com, crateandbarrale.com, plowandhearth.com, verabradly.com and amazon.com.

The other day, I arrived home from the grocery store and my front door was blocked by a bunch of large boxes. It took me over an hour to get everything into the house and stashed away before the kids got home. My fear now is that I won’t remember what’s come and where I hid it when it’s time to start wrapping.

Another sad reality in the Stein house this Christmas is the lack of interest in toys. Once upon a time, the Toys R Us Big Book was like the Bible, but this year, it came and pretty much sat untouched on the kitchen windowsill. No one wants anything from Toys R Us. No one really wants any toys. Their lists are filled with electronics, sports equipment, video games and clothes. Jonah picked out one or two small Lego sets, but he’s finally realized he’s hit his Lego quota. Lilly’s list did include one oversized stuffed animal — but it doubles as a pillow so I’m not sure that counts. Maggie still hasn’t decided what she wants.

As for my husband, hours of online hunting have turned up nothing. I’ve got three stocking stuffers and that’s it. I can think of plenty of big-ticket items I want for the house (a new couch for the family room, a new chair for the living room, new cabinets for the kitchen, a new bathroom…), but I don’t think any of those are going to cut it for his Christmas present. Nor are they in the budget

In the meantime, I’m hoping to find a few minutes to start decking the halls. Maybe once I have the decorations up and the music going, inspiration will strike. I wonder if it matters if that doesn’t happen until nearly a week into January.

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2013 EasterWFranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 8.



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