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   Posted 10/23/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
The stores are already pushing Christmas even though we haven't had Halloween yet. They are trying to get us to spread out our purchases so we spend more during the next few months. They aren't thinking about us poor fibromites!

Once I hide the presents, it's like Captain Hook's buried treasure. I hope I find them some day but I think future generations will still be searching. Then I forget what I've already bought and I but another one, and another one, and sometimes, another one. My daughter wanted an Easybake Oven when she was five, so I bought her one. When I was setting the presents under the tree, I found that I had bought two. Late in January, I found another one hidden in the closet.

My family is used to the holiday present thing going on for weeks. It takes me that long to find the things I've hidden. I've found presents in July that were meant for the previous Christmas. Birthdays last for at least two weeks. If I were Jewish, Hanukkah would probably last all year!

I have birthday cards, addressed and stamped, that I forgot to send. I just found one that I bought for a friend's new baby- he's in high school now.

I think fibromites across the country should protest this attempt to trick us into buying (and losing) too many presents.

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   Posted Yesterday 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear Dagger...lmbo!! It's so funny but so very true. I haven't reached your level of accomplishment yet but I'm the one who puts things away during the year and not only forgets that I have anything but if I happen to remember I have no idea where it would be. I've been looking for my steam iron for 2 months! How can you lose something that large? So, I figure I'll get a new one and the old one will show up...always works for me.

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   Posted Yesterday 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Dagger I am the same way. I am just about done with Christmas shopping this year because I buy everything online and put it away. As my first orders came in I put them up in the closet and immediately discovered something I forgot to give from last year!

For anyone else dreading holiday shopping this year, I highly recommend online shopping. I don't have to go to perfume-drenched department stores, stress out about parking, or brave the jostling crowds. Many places have free shipping, and great deals abound on the internet. Ebay is my favorite department store!

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   Posted Yesterday 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Me too...On line shopping for me.  My kids and grandchildren live in other states and I just have the stuff shipped directly to them so I won't misplace it.  I just found a bag of hand towels I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond in 2005, that I was going to send to my aunt.  In the bag was a thingy I bought for my shower to keep shampoo etc in...forgot I even bought it and purchased another one.
Christmas shopping isn't fun for me anymore, and not just because fibro fog moments.  The commercials, 'special, once in a life time ' sales start in October and by Thanksgiving I'm 'over it'.  We have a house on our street that is already decorated with the giant air filled snowman and Santa and Mrs. Claus.    Geez, I'm so old I remember when you went out a couple days before Christmas and cut down a tree and got socks, undwear and school clothes from Santa...and maybe that once special doll you asked for.  We even went out caroling and people actually were not afraid to open their doors and offered us hot chocolate.  I wonder what carolers (sp?) get now...pepper spray...LOL?

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   Posted Yesterday 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey I'm just happy that I found my winter shoes. turn
Chutz, I'm cleaning out my utility room and found an iron, took me a few minutes to remember what it is used for, you need it??? smilewinkgrin
It's a treasure hunt cleaning out closets and drawers cause I never know what I may find.
Dagger find one closet in your house for Christmas gifts so you can keep them all together. Donna has the right idea but since Santa still comes for the little kids here I can't do that.
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   Posted Yesterday 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
lol!!! thanks for the smile... but it is so true! I always forget what I bought, and I do find stuff that I have hidden further in my closet and out of sight. I gave ds a present this summer that was intended for his b-day last January :)
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   Posted Yesterday 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   

I remember the old days, too.  We would get a couple trinkets in our stockings but there was always a big orange in the toe of the stocking and walnuts in their shells to fill it up.  The kids today would riot!  shocked    Of course we had some wonderful gifts under the tree but there were always gifts of underwear and socks.  I hated that!

Dagger, I used to do what you have done but now I keep a list.  I put the names of people I buy for and whenever I buy a gift for one of them, I write it under their name and also write where I hid it.  I keep the list in the same spot year after year so I don't lose it!  That has really helped me.


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