Bossy just counted it up, and there are exactly 50 days until Christmas.
For many years now, Bossy has been the family curmudgeon when it comes to exchanging presents. Gifts long ago lost their appeal, both in the receiving and giving category. Mostly because everyone Bossy knows is highly budgeted themselves and have small homes where the idea of new stuff isn’t even welcome.
We all have too much stuff to begin with–isn’t that the complaint? The thought of even more stuff makes Bossy throw up a little in her mouth, and she doesn’t even care if that makes her sound like Scrooge, because Scrooge wore cute red boots. Or was that the Grinch?
So now you have Bossy googling the Grinch, and all she can find is photos of Jim Carrey, and Bossy is all, “That’s not the Grinch, this is!”
A few years ago, Bossy made a rule with her friends that she is not exchanging presents–although occasionally Bossy will practice a Holiday Random Act of Kindness, like dropping off a string of sweet Christmas lights, where occasionally means one time three years ago when she made the rule.
And Bossy made a rule with her extended family that no adults would receive gifts, but it was OK for each child to receive one gift and aren’t you happy you don’t have Bossy in your family? And no one else in Bossy’s extended family likes this rule or follows it, which means that Bossy’s kids sit in a pile of packages while Bossy’s nieces stand around holding their one package from Aunt
As for the immediate family, Bossy and her husband no longer exchange presents. And Bossy’s kids know that Santa is way poor these days, in fact his sled is being repossessed and his workshop is in foreclosure.
But the fact remains that Bossy’s kids will have a small list of things they need, and Bossy and her husband will attempt to purchase these things.
And so Bossy is thinking that she needs to make these 50 days work for her. If she knows of items on the wish list, and she knows the sizes and or colors or brands — she needs to begin scouring eBay and other discount sites for deals.
With 50 days remaining, many auctions can be watched and many things can be delivered in time, and Bossy won’t have to lose her mind paying full price or driving around creation in her car, because there’s a lot of traffic