Monday, December 15, 2008

Even Steven

Growing up, my mom was pretty anal about keeping my sister and I even. Even in the number of presents she got and even in the amount she spent. There were times we would get a random pack of socks to even us out. It required lots of paperwork, double checking and stress.

The Saint and I never felt "even" though. Granted there were times when I thought I had a better Christmas then she did (the year I got my Cabbage Patch kid or my science lab kit or even the year I was given my contacts for Christmas). But there were times when I though she had it a little better.

This year, I am trying to keep my boys Christmas even -- mainly even in the number of presents they open. However, I can't even remember the things I have gotten for each of the kids (I hid them in different places. Now I come across them and "remember"). I meant to spread everything out this weekend and see where we stand. I didn't get around to doing that.

We had a rule that they only got 3 presents. I have totally blown that, but not by much. (Although I have 3 puzzles for Lane -- is that one present or 3?).

Price wise -- I don't have a clue if we are even close.

1 comment:

nicole said...

You and I have talked about this before. I know how hard we all try to keep things even for our kids, because the last thing we want to do is play "favorites." It's tough though, and it always will be. Some years one kid may need something more than the other. Personally, and this is just me, giving a gift just to give it, when it won't have much value is kinda pointless, and a waste of money. On the other hand, if your "filler" gifts to even things up are puzzles or items that will encourage learning...keep adding them in! =)