Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It turns out that my family is sort of upset this year that I asked them to give my present money to charity. Not by the principal of it, but by the actuality - they are really bothered by the fact that that means I don't have any presents to open. Which has resulted in them buying me a bunch of small "crap" gifts. I keep telling them to stop, that I don't need any of this stuff. Nor do I have room for it (in my suitcase or my apartment). I haven't even done that much shopping myself - most of this trip has been about spending time with family and eating all the things I miss while in France (though I did raid my mom's jewelry store and I bought a new dress for Miss Leyla's upcoming wedding). And I'm currently going through all of the clothes I shipped back to the US in April, and it's like Christmas all over again - finding clothes that I'd completely forgotten I had. Including my winter coat - I froze those past few weeks in Paris, but I didn't want to spend money on a coat when I had a perfectly good one at home.

So 2008 was all about the down-sizing and I'm planning on continuing that into 2009 as well. But will someone please remind me of that when the soldes start in just a few weeks?? Me + sales = bad news. I'm trying to limit myself to just buying a pair of dark grey boots though, to replace the ones I had to throw out - I literally wore the soles off of my old ones while walking around London Thanksgiving weekend!

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Blogger Alisa said...

my mom is the same way - whenever my sister or i ask for something that's not 'givable', either donations or something intangible like music lessons, my mom still needs to buy us a bunch of other little things to actually open on christmas day.
even though it's annoying that it's not what you asked for and you now have to lug it back to paris, just try to remember that they're doing it because they love and care about you, and that's how they feel they can best show it :)
have a merry christmas and i hope i get to talk to you soon!

December 24, 2008 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Family...gotta love 'em!

Merry Christmas, Tuck!

December 25, 2008 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

Bonnes Fêtes !

December 25, 2008 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

That is correct Sam; spend time with your loved ones.Like most people who live in one country and have kin in another time spent together doesn't happen a lot.
So, enjoy your family .

FYI- I have checked the dates of les soldes and the info says : start 7 January and end 10 Fev .

All the best to you.

December 25, 2008 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Fned said...

ahahaha... Actually, I can relate to your mom because Hubby and mine's presents this year were given before (mine) and after (his) x-mas eve ...

So two days before, I went out and bought us some "little presents" just so that we'd have something giftwraped and waiting for us under the tree.

How much more shallower can I get??? :(

P.S. Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

December 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM  

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