Don't care what it looks like --
I am hoping to get started on my Christmas shopping. Years ago, I would've had it done already, but kids have a way of giving you other priorities.
I would really like to buy some of the Mystic Monk coffee. I just don't know who I would give it to. Most of the people on my list aren't huge coffee drinkers, or they have to drink decaf...which you can get from Mystic Monk. I hate coffee or I would just get some for myself. I do like the smell, just can't stand the taste.
My dad's family used to give each other fruit cakes, of all noxious things. My aunt (mom's side) actually makes them and has people begging for them. I don't like jello or jellied candies or chewy candy, so fruit cake is not for me. Way back when, I think my family used to order some fruit cakes from some Trappists in Oregon.
You can get other items from various monasteries. Some sell fudge, but I make my own fudge and give it as gifts. I used to always make boxes of goodies for everyone, but having two kids brought that to a dramatic halt.
I'm asking for a CD of Mozart's Requiem this year. I haven't been a big classical music buff, but don't want my kids to be weaned on 80s music. Certainly not rap. Aside from not really considering rap to be music, it's all just angry stuff. I'd like to try to infuse a little culture into our lives, something beyond Dean Martin and the Coasters.
When my son was a newborn, I used to put him to sleep while listening to Chant. I had some rad trad friends who said I would turn him into a priest, like it was a bad thing. I said as long as he's a good priest, what's the problem! (At this stage however, I seriously doubt my son will be anything other than a pro wrestler.)
I know I will probably end up buying gift cards for several people. It's what they want, but it's so impersonal. Makes my life easy, but it just further diminishes things to a gift card swap.
I need some serious mid-week input from you...
4 hours ago