|Cory, Katrina, me and Wayne at the tree farm in 1999|
We had our family Christmas last weekend because Katrina and Charlie are going to the U.P. to spend the holiday with his family. When my guests arrived Katrina had to help me wash my hair for the first time in four days thanks to my carpal tunnel surgery and Charlie managed to toss a few extra ornaments on the tree without the cats tearing them all off.
|Katrina always organizes the gifts|
The Human Rights Campaign puts out a shopping guide for those who want to show they care about workplace equality with their dollars. Also available is a website that lists businesses that are fair trade or sweatshop-free. Ben & Jerry's is on everybody's thumbs-up list. Other companies that get the big thumbs-up is Amazon (what a relief!), Apple, Starbucks, Home Depot, Best Buy, JCPenney, Macy's (surprised there) and Target.
|Paper from Target - grab it before it's all gone!|
|Cory's haul at our family gathering|
Other issues matter to you such as cruelty-free? (Look for the bunny like I do!) Google your issue and most likely you will find a guide to help you not shop at companies whose ethics don't conflict with your own.
I like gifts that are thoughtful but inexpensive, and I got some nice ones this year including a Joby stand from Wayne to use with my iPhone which will be helpful on my upcoming trip since my DSLR will probably be too heavy while I continue healing. The David's tea mug from Katrina with a snowflake infuser works and looks great and Cory got me a fun moose decoration for the holidays. My co-worker got me a tea infuser as well, and while the kitten hanging in the cup is adorable the tea doesn't steep correctly (blocked holes) and I had to transfer to a different one. I had the same problem with that adorable sheep infuser I got at Harry and David so my advice is stay away from those cute but not functional silicone infusers. The camper cookie jar I bought for myself from World Market but it's not available online so you'll have to go to a store to find one before they are all gone.
While I didn't get any group photos, I did have Katrina snap a shot of Charlie and I working on the big New York Times crossword puzzle at their new apartment last night. I forgot how fun those were and put a copy of The New York Times Light & Sweet Crosswords in my Amazon cart to keep me occupied this winter. Luckily he is taking it with them so I wouldn't be tempted to finish it when I go over to tend to their cats!
|Katrina and Cory just as I remember them!|
Whether you do the shopping or leave it to Santa, I hope everyone is making some memories this holiday season.
|Me and my cousins with Santa in 1979|