Yesterday, we were invited to a friend’s house for a Christmas party with some of our college friends.  I had been talking to one of the wives, and wondered if maybe we should take small tokens to give to the other wives, and she finally got back to me and said, yes, we definitely should.  By then I had about four hours to decide what to buy and where to find them in the small town I live in, and honestly, that was the big challenge.  I’d already bought an oversized plush blanket for the woman that was hosting the dinner, and had wine ready for them, but hadn’t really thought about what I should take for the other women.  I needed three gifts, and after a lot of deliberation, decided I could make something that would be OK….I have to be honest, I didn’t think I had a choice, since our town doesn’t have a lot of quality stores to shop….I didn’t think a candle from Big Lots or Walmart would be a great option, and that was the suggestion my girlfriend had for me..  I know the gift I ended up making isn’t terrific, but with short notice, it was the best I could do.  I created a video and will make it the next post on my blog.

Today I focused on trying to clean the chaos that is my house, and afterward, decided to read a book.  I haven’t had time for anything but Christmas preparation for so long, I decided I deserved a break.

The women last night were really gracious about the hand soaps, but since I didn’t know one of them at all, and only slightly knew another, I wasn’t really worried.  I did the best I could with the time I had.  I probably would have told them that if I knew them better…and, we probably would have laughed about my gift attempt, but like I said, I didn’t know them well enough to worry.

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