I volunteered at the Christmas Shopping party at the kids school this morning. Does your school do this?
I love it, and try to work at it every year. Basically, it’s a chance for us to get rid of our junk, and it gives the students an opportunity to do Christmas shopping for their families. The stuff is sold cheap–$0.25-$2.00. I give each boy $5.00, and they are able to get gifts for our family, and both sets of grandparents, and usually bring home change.
The kids crack me up with their gift-choosing. This is a conversation that I had way too many times today:
Me: Who are you shopping for now?
Student: My Mom.
Me: Well, would she like something like this? (holding out sweet something or other–and yes, there really are some great finds!)
Student: No, she wouldn’t like that. I think I’ll get her this. (holding up hideous wall-hanging that I had tried to hide, so no unfortunate person would get stuck with it, and have to sound like they LOVE! IT! on Christmas morning)
Honestly, I can’t even remember how many times this happened. It’s a blast!