The Christmas Prize Dart Board
Here's the thing, I've been doing some Christmas shopping this past week and I've actually been enjoying it this year. Most years I dread it. I think because I never really know what to give anyone. What I would love to give I can't afford and anything within reach seems stupid or redundant or not good enough or being as neurotic as I am, I worry that the givee will not like what I gave. But this year I am doing better. I lowered my expectations—of myself. I decided to try and not agonize over gifts. My children and Grandsons are easy to buy for. I mostly have trouble deciding what to give friends—people I adore but frankly, I don't have a clue. I mean I would love to give you a house in the mountains or a new car or tickets to Wicked but I can't. Last year I would have wandered through the stores with that same glassy-eyed, Christmas Zombie expression on my face as everyone else, hunting and pecking through things and wondering, would she like this? How about that? Oh, how much is that? Really? Uhm, too much and then go home and feel bad and sorry for myself because I am much too neurotic or picky and now I'm tired and frustrated. And with all the online retailers there are even more choices! Yikes. I am not a person who should have a wide selection of anything. But this year, this year I'm taking a different approach. I've devised a game I call the Christmas Prize Dart Board. Here's how it works. I made generic categories such as Books, Cooking, Sewing, Tools, Games, etc. and then I wrote the names of my friends on little slips of paper. Draw a name and then toss the dart, blind-folded so I am not tempted to agonize anymore than I have too and wherever the dart lands, in whichever sector, well that's the prize they receive. So Pammy? If you get a screwdriver this year, well you'll know why and Rebecca? If you receive a packet of Sharps and a spool of maroon thread, well you'll understand. I'm feeling no guilt this year. The Christmas Prize Dart Board. It's a very good idea.