Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Now for Something Completely Different

Last year, for the holiday season, Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings hosted a very laid back challenge called G.I.F.T. I can't remember what that stands for, I am going to have to look it up. Anyways, I am not sure if he is doing it this year (but he should), but believe it or not one of my Christmas Tradition starts all the way back now, in August, so since I am thinking of it, I am going to share.

Many bloggers seem to a big fan of this time of year, and while I think that the fall where I live is stunning, my favourite time of year is actually winter. I have been complaining a lot about a lack of summer, though, so I do get tired of winter eventually. Especially if it starts early (and we loose power for 4 days) or it goes really late (and we have a sucky spring). So, winter is not perfect. And then there was hurrican Juan, that was really bad... Anyways... I do like winter up until January or February.

One of my Christmas Traditions is the arrival of the Sears Christmas Wish Book. Does it come too early? Yes. Did we care when we were kids? No. My sister turned into a bit of a Christmas hater as she got older, but me and my brother still get a big kick out of the holiday. Actually, that was the thing I missed the most about Christmas the last two years, not celebrating it with my brother. I had no one to get up ridiculously early with, so I actually slept in for the first time, well, ever! So, when we were small, the three of us used to love to get the Christmas Wish Book. We would fight over it the day it came in the mail, spend hours pouring over the toy section (which I still look at in my 20's), and making our lists for Santa. These lists would be revised countless times, my parents would get tired of us arguing and go get two more copies, it was the life.

Today I got home to the Wish Book sitting on the counter and I found myself thinking back to all those Christmas holidays spent pouring through the pages. Me and my siblings don't live together anymore, and we probably never will again. We might not get along the best at times, and my sister might think that Christmas is the worst time of year, but I at least will still remember winter mornings fighting over the Wish Book.

Okay, we now return to the previous scheduled season and back to the R.I.P challenge! (G.I.F.T. stands for: Giving Inspiration, Fostering Tradition. Totally not what I had in my head at all, not even close!)


  1. Hey, I remember that wish book! That was a ton of fun to look through when I was little.

  2. I will admit right now that it is SO NICE to read something in the blogosphere about Christmas at this time of year. I've been working on the Christmas catalogue at work for about a month now and it's been putting me in the Christmas mood already. At least now I know I'm not the only one thinking on the holiday. ;)

  3. I loved the Wish Book! My brother and I would fight over it as well. I haven't seen one for several years though.

  4. I can hardly believe that Sears still has a Christmas Wish Book!

  5. I'm a Christmas nut and the Wishbook is a part of Christmas just like the Santa Claus Parade - I never miss that! I'm 42 and forget missing the parade.

    I've actually used the Wishbook as a character-building exercise. I'll give myself a budget that the character would have and then make an 'order' list of 10 items the character would want. I love doing that.

  6. Heather: My mother still gets all the Sears Catalogues, so the Wish Book will come until she cancels I guess. :)

    Court: I am glad you liked my Christmas-inspired post. It just happened because I got the Wish Book, but I am big on Christmas.

    Daphne: I am surprised you don't get it just to look at. I hardly ever buy from it to be honest.

    DesLily: Yep, and I swear they bring it out earlier every year!

    Julia: That character building exercise sounds interesting. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. :)

  7. I'm a big Christmas fan :) And I agree with Court that it's so nice to hear something about Christmas at this time of the year..but my reason is because it's so damn HOT down here! lol...

  8. Very fun! I too loved getting the Wishbook when I was a kid and my brother and I would pour over it, coveting everything we could find.

    I don't get it at my house but my parents still do and I make it a habit to look through it, for nostalgia's sake, whenever I am home.


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