I think we all have fears over the expense of Christmas. The list of presents to buy never seems to get shorter. Families tend to get bigger and we can place a lot of pressure on ourselves to please everyone.
Trying to buy those perfect gifts that people will love is always a struggle for me. One thing I try not to do, is to buy gifts I like for other people, or gifts I think people should like. I really try to step out of my comfort zone, pay attention and truly buy for the other person!
Of course it’s not all about the gifts, but they help! To me, it’s a nice gesture to show someone how much they mean to you, show them how well you know them and money aside, showing how much you care.
The fact that anyone would want to spend money on me is a big enough gesture. I am not about the money because to be quite honest, at this age, if I wanted it that badly, I would have saved and paid for it myself!
Christmas is especially costly for Peter and I, because as if one present wasn’t enough, we are both Christmas babies.
He is a true Christmas baby, born on the 25th and my birthday is on the 29th. Saying that, we don’t do joint gifts. Christmas is Christmas and birthday is birthday. I want my two days, just like everyone else! (Can you hear the only child in me?!)
In past years we decided to forego any gifts to each other choosing to book a big holiday during the following year instead.
But as this is my *ahem* 30th *ahem*, I wanted to do something for my official birthday. I never do anything normally, no one wants to go out, too cold, everyone is fed up of sweets and cakes so this year i’m taking it into my own hands (kind of).
To take the onus away from either one of us having to make plans or organise anything, we have decided to book a Srprs.me trip
Okay, so typing that out for everyone to see is b****y terrifying! For those of you who don’t know about Srprs.me trips, a quick rundown. You pick a city or backpacking trip, the number of days and the dates you want to go. Then you pay. And then you wait.
A week before you fly, you get a little more info on the weather to expect (although in December, I suspect everywhere will be cold!). But it’s not until you are standing at the check in at the airport that you enter a code to find out where you are going! Somewhere in continental Europe. Mad, right? Adrenaline overload! For someone as anxious as me? What was I thinking!
Honestly, I think it’s really exciting and it certainly takes the responsibility aware from both Peter and I. It means we can both revel in the excitement together and it’s an experience to share.
It’s definitely going to be a birthday to remember, let’s just hope for the right reasons!