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Christmas Shopping

Christmas Shopping

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Published by J.A.Morgan
Tonight, Josh and I ventured out for some Christmas shopping while Theresa, Elijah, and Kayla were at the local ice skating rink’s Holiday Skate night.
Tonight, Josh and I ventured out for some Christmas shopping while Theresa, Elijah, and Kayla were at the local ice skating rink’s Holiday Skate night.

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Published by: J.A.Morgan on Dec 22, 2013
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Christmas Shopping
 From: Jon Morgan To: Public
cc: Being Jon Morgan  Tonight, Josh and I ventured out for some Christmas shopping while
Theresa, Elijah, and Kayla were at the local ice skating rink’s Holiday Skate
night. The goal tonight was for Josh to pick out a gift for his sister, and for me to pick out a gift for all of the kids. When I asked Josh what he was going to
get for his sister, he pretty much said that he didn’t have any ideas. I didn’t
have any firm plans, either, but I hoped that I would find something while we were in the stores. Josh and Kayla are both hard to shop for when it comes to gift hunting
because they’ve grown too old for action figures or stuffed animals. Josh’s
biggest interest right now is video games, and Kayla is really into ice
skating. That doesn’t leave much to choose from, unless you coun
t music, movies, or clothes. It is mucher easier to shop for 10-month-old Elijah, although to be honest
there isn’t much that doesn’t entertain him these days. The one thing that I
realized as a parent is that we could have saved a lot of money if we had skipped buying actual toys for our kids and instead gave them simpler things like cardboard boxes or sheets of bubblewrap. Our search for Christmas presents brought us to several different stores -
Staples, Radio Shack, Dunham’s, and Kmart. There were a num
ber of things that caught my eye which I was tempted to get as presents but ended up
 
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passing up. In Dunahm’s, I looked at a pair of size 12 mos camoflage overalls that would have looked good on Elijah. Josh didn’t agree.
 While we were in Kmart, I had to take a picture of one of the Darth Vader figures (dolls?) that were on display. The thing was so big, it would have
been taller than Elijah. I couldn’t see how anybody would be able to play
with it, and nearly choked when I saw that it was $35. In my post,
I wrote that “the stores are always so crazy this time of year. Even Darth Vadar is out shopping for last minute gifts.” 
 I hoped to frame Darth Vadar so that he looked life-sized, but actually ended up posting the wrong photo. Kmart was our last stop. We
checked out, and then headed to Arby’s for
dinner.
 
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 Sometimes, I wonder why as parents we put ourselves through the stress of
finding the “perfect” gift for our kids. In the back of my mind, I know that I
am partially driven by the anticipation of seeing their surprise on Christmas
morning when they open up their presents and find that they’ve gotten just
what they wanted. But, these moments are so fleeting. Last Sunday we celebrated an early Christmas with my in-laws. Everyone got together at my mother-in-
law’s house, we ate dinner together, and then
we opened the presents. For most of the evening it felt like it really was

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