Paul and I aren't exchanging gifts, so we just have to get presents for our nieces and nephews and also for my parents. Other than my parents, the rest of the adults we do Secret Santa so we don't have to buy everyone a gift. It gets way too expensive, and Christmas presents should be mostly for the kids, they are the ones who get excited about them, as grownups we just buy what we want when we want it.
I also have to give the postman something this year. He's such a grump to me usually I am thinking if I give him something maybe he'll perk up. We'll see! I looked it up on the internet and says it's illegal to leave cash for a postman, so I guess I'll leave him some chocolate, I have a small box of Godiva, he shouldn't complain about that!
I still have two more commissions I'd like to get to the draft stage today. Fortunately these aren't for Christmas gifts, just for anytime, but I don't like to be late from my promised due dates. Maybe I can even work on Illustration Friday, we'll see!
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Leaving the postman a treat - I'm going to do the same myself.
Have a merry time with so much joy it freely spills into a New Year filled with blessings - especially since you have been one for me this year.
I've read several places you can give your mailman up to $20/yr. That is what I do.
ditto on the holiday spirit - I want one holiday at a time, starting in October and thru our birthday. Then I'll think about some Christmas spirit! The electric luminaria on the planter outside the family room come on before dusk and gently light christmas cactus, camellias, poinsettias and pansies in bloom + St. Francis. Right now that is my favorite seasonal thing and it all stays after the season!
I just think every year is different some big celebrations, some small and some jollier than others. Just have to roll with it.
best to all!
Maybe it's a Grinch vibe in the air or something.
The only thing I'm going to leave for my postal/ UPS person is a bag of burning crap! I cannot count how many times my magazines have been torn and ripped, my mail been late or lost, or my packages delivered at the wrong times and on the wrong dates and with me having to go up to the warehouse depot in the middle of no-where-Maspeth-Queens to try and pick up packages that are usually not there at all. I know that they are people just working and trying to survive like everyone else, but they need to put down the crack-pipe and do their jobs. Ugh. Double UGH on them!
About the postal worker... I LOVE my regular postal carrier. She even leaves little surprised in the mailbox for my kids from time to time! Last year, I made her a soldered postal stamp ornament and she loved it since she collects postal ornaments, which I didn't know. This year, I've done nothing yet but we have been having several different workers delivering so I don't know how to make sure the right one gets the gift!
Have a Merry Christmas!!!!