I've had most of my ornaments for many years...
Part of the fun is the memories of past Christmas's ~ good and not so good
I notice that past "not so good" Christmas's ~ for me ~ are just as cherished as the really great ones. Many times I end up feeling thankful that we have made it through those times. It wasn't that the holiday was bad, it was the circumstances around it. It feels pretty good to look back and see that we are all still together with love.
Shopping is another matter. So difficult. When my kids were young, you always had a finger on what they were enjoying....and many times you could entice them to write a letter to Santa to aid you in what to get. With my autistic grandson, I always have to think about it, and look at suggestions online. Last year his Daddy and I bought the same gift. This year he is a bit older, but not a lot more vocal. And I don't live nearby so that I can get clues from what he plays with. Once I bought a big farm tractor for him ~ his Dad loved those ~ he played with it for 5 minutes, and then left it sitting in the corner ~ probably forever ~ which taught me that I need to think harder on what he might enjoy. My son promises to send me a few ideas, and I do have a few of my own based on pics of him that I get every month...usually involved in something. One was dancing, which was really adorable, but I promise not to get him a karaoke machine, lol.
Then there is Mom, who is a difficult to buy for in a completely different way. She no longer sews, reads, or gets out much. She rarely cooks ~ mostly she guides her caregiver as he cooks. Buying her clothes is totally out of the question. Sis and I laugh about it, and talk over options. I managed to finish shopping for her, and need to mail it off next week. I am counting on Amazon for my grandson and son who live in Texas.
Enjoy your week!