Blog #011

I went Christmas shopping at the Promenade mall, and it was packed.

Christmas has always been a hectic time of the year, as I’m sure it is for everyone, but I feel especially different having two families to visit and buy presents for.

My family is pretty big; I have to shop for my three brothers, my sister, my uncles, my sister-in-law, my dad, my step mom, my mom, my step dad, and my sister-in-law’s brother and sister. I’ll feel guilty if I don’t.

Over the years, my parents have given the world to me. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunities I have had because my parents have been able to support me throughout my life. Now that I’m older, I have a somewhat well paying job and not many bills to pay, so I want to give back to my family. I already know, no amount of gifts will ever repay the support they’ve been able to give to me, but the gesture of letting my family know that I’m thinking about them, and spending my hard earned money on them, is something I’m sure they’ll appreciate come time to open presents.

I ended up buying a cowboys beanie for my uncle, a couple sweaters on sale from Vans for my mom and step dad, a gift card from Forever 21 for my sister, and a couple pairs of joggers from Champs for my brother, Matthew, and my sister-in-law’s brother, Brian. (I know; I had difficulty keeping track of everyone, too). I also have a few things coming in the mail from amazon, including: a Lakers beanie for my brother, Russell, a Clippers beanie for Matthew, a Cowboys shirt for my brother, Cristian, a Superman shirt for my dad, an “Eat, Sleep, Edit” shirt for my uncle, and a Dodger beanie for my sister-in-law, Savonny. I also wrapped the Fitbit Alta I won from my company Christmas party to give to my dad (he really deserves the world). And I couldn’t resist ordering myself an extra Batman t-shirt. After all, ‘tis the season.

img_2247I had a good time shopping for my family. I talked to strangers I wouldn’t have normally talk to just to spark a conversation while waiting in line. I asked a mother shopping with her daughter what she would like her son to give her for Christmas, and she gladly told me to check out Bed, Bath, and Beyond, because, apparently, female parents love the stuff. She was incredibly sweet, and it just goes to show how joyful and nice people become around the holidays.

My shopping isn’t over yet. I still have a few more gifts to buy; another gift for Cristian, since it’s his birthday on Christmas Eve, and a few more gifts for the remaining member of my family.

I’m looking forward to Christmas. I can’t wait to see all my family together unwrapping gifts and watching NBA Christmas games. It’s a tradition.