It’s that time of year, again!
No, not time to whine about raking the leaves. No, not time to start going to the mall. No, not even time to put your flannel sheets on the beds. (Well, if you live somewhere with winter, it IS time to do that. But that’s not what I’m talking about.)
It’s time to put together the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Yes, it’s time to buy all of that small crap from the Dollar Store and Christmas Tree Shops that your kids always want but you know will just end up underfoot and/or discarded; only now, you get to buy it for children who will actually appreciate it. (Or as a friend of mine was kind enough to point out–as I picked up some travel Chinese Checkers games–“Those marbles are all gonna end up in your carpet.” I reminded her that they were for shoeboxes, and she corrected herself to “Those marbles are all gonna end up in someone’s dirt floor.”)
Yep, it’s that time of year, and my inner child runneth over.
When I blogged about doing the shoeboxes last year, I’d found a variety of novel little toys which the kids are I were very excited to include in our boxes. This year, we’re strictly back to basics. Jump ropes. Jacks. Playing cards. Superballs! Super! Balls! EVERYWHERE! (It’s just not the same if you don’t allow the kids to help you pack the boxes.) Yo-yos. Play-doh (they can use it to pick up the marbles from the Chinese Checkers….). Markers and crayons and little notebooks and pencils and erasers and sharpeners. Flashlights. Radios. Watches. Dolls. Little dinosaurs. Puzzles. Soap and toothpaste and folding brushes and washcloths and toothbrushes and floss.
Floss! It’s a party in a box!
Anyway, I think it’s clear from this little exercise that I am entitled to at least 2 pairs of fabulous boots every year. Do you think all that crap fits into a standard shoebox? Um, no. We prepare 2 shoeboxes each year, therefore I deserve 2 pairs of boots for the completely altruistic necessity of packing up our Christmas boxes.
Let’s get started on saving up for this, right away. My first strategy was to look up the Hot Toys of 2005 and make sure that I wasn’t planning to buy any of them for my kids. Hot toys tend to be expensive. We can’t be having that.
Oh, did I mention that I finished my Christmas shopping this weekend? My kids will each be getting a cardboard box and candy cane and then they’ll be splitting a pair of socks.
Okay, I kid. They’ll get more than that. Most of what they’re getting was purchased throughout the year on clearance. I finished up this weekend by spending… let’s see… an additional $20. Woo! I think they’ll be happy on Christmas morning. There’ll be a few presents under the tree. And Santa may be filling their stockings with superballs. Just a hunch I have.
The other way I’m going to save up is by running a few eBay auctions. I got the idea from Jenny in the post below. I’ll be auctioning off the quadraboob top as well as a few other things. I have a rare book I bought for someone but never gave, on account of I became rather consumed with creating a voodoo doll of them, instead. I have a gift I bought for an ex-boyfriend that would’ve immediately elevated me to Super Cool Girlfriend status, except that he opted for Super Slime Ex-Boyfriend status before I had a chance to give it to him. Oh well. (It actually beats the time the guy took the expensive gift and THEN broke up with me. Heh.)
Anyway, the way I see it, between buying my kids crappy, passe gifts, and auctioning off the various carnival of horrors and remnants of failed relationships around here, I should be wearing these in no time.