Christmas Gifts – Guest post from A White Picket Fence

December 1, 2010

Today I’m pleased to welcome a guest post from Cailin at A White Picket Fence blog. Cailin sent out a blog challenge via Twitter a while back asking to hear from bloggers who would be interested in exchanging guest posts for each other’s blog. It sounded like fun to me, and we decided to write on the subject of Christmas gifts. Cailin’s thought-provoking post is below. If you want to read my post on the subject, head on over to Cailin’s blog. While you’re there, check out her stunning travel photography and pictures of her cuter-than-cute dog, Minnie. You’ll also find some fantastic recipes at her site that are sure to warm up your holiday season.


A Blog Challenge: All I want for Christmas

Remember back to when you were a kid.  The holidays seemed to take on a larger than life presence.  You meticulously planned out your wish list; however, since I’ve grown older it’s only been harder to think of presents I would like from friends and family.  A while ago I put out the call to all my blogging buddies for a challenge–a blogging challenge, if you will, to create conversations and spark ideas.  Leslie and I decided on gifting.  Leslie’s post tackles the gift list and how important it is during the Holiday season to keep one.

But what about your own gift list, your own wish list.  I recently have had trouble trying to find a balance within my wish list.  I am very grateful to have wonderful friends and family who spoil me during the holiday season.  And it doesn’t even have to be a gift.  Many friends cook or make gifts.  I find the older I get the less concerned I am with gifts and the more spending time with loved ones is what I really treasure from any holiday season. 

A couple people have asked what I would like, and it’s really hard for me to come up with something.  I tend to buy my own cookware and books, and as for clothes, I can’t even pick them for myself without having buyer’s remorse, so that is out of the question.  I have been thinking about for the next holiday season being organized and asking all those who wish to give me a present to donate something to a charity or a program for those less fortunate.  After all, the holiday season is all about giving and less about receiving.

While I am still gathering gift ideas for myself, I am proud to say that for the first time ever I am cooking holiday gifts for my co-workers and friends.  Instead of buying things that people sometimes don’t even need, I am hoping my special surprise gift will fulfill any holiday wish!

What’s on your wish list?

Cailin Szczesiul is an office worker by day and a cook/baker/photographer/writer by night. She enjoys traveling often with her husband much to the disappointment of their miniature dachshund, Minnie. Her favorite place in the world is Paris, France, but Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, will always hold a special place in her heart. She can be found on Twitter @cailinash.

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