All I Want For Christmas.

I know I said I'll veer away from writing about my personal life but I feel like the venues where I could post has become more and more limited.  Twitter only allows 140 characters, Instagram is better suited for photos, and Facebook.. Well, we all know what Facebook has become.

It's nothing serious really.  I just wanted to tell you about my Christmas wish list, or lack thereof.  When my sister asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told her I had to think first.  And when T asked me last week, I couldn't give him an answer too.  For some reason, as I grew older, I had less and less material "wants" on my wish list.   I don't know why.  Maybe it's because of age or maybe because if I have a "want", I could buy it on my own anyway.  

As kids, we weren't really spoiled but we were not deprived either.  My dad wanted to buy us everything but my mom kept us grounded, which I understand now, because it taught us to appreciate both the little and big things in life.  My sister and I were only allowed to wish for toys on our birthdays and on Christmas.  Not that we didn't have new things the rest of the year but we could only ask for what we specifically wanted on those two occasions.  I guess that's why I could come up with a list every time when I was younger because I've been waiting one year to ask for it.   My old blog theme (maybe some of you can remember it) even has a wish list on the side where I cross items off when I receive them already.

Back to the question of what I want for Christmas this year.. 

Last week, T already got me an Acca Kappa brush from Rustan's because I mentioned to him that I damaged my old one. I thought that was a suitable Christmas gift already but he still told me, "Babe, wag mo na ako pahirapan, just tell me what you want."  So I tried browsing online shopping sites to see if there was anything that would catch my fancy.  There was none.  And that's when I remembered my wish last year and the years before that...

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A scrapbook.

Keeping good memories intact was the reason why I started this blog almost 10 years ago and why I still update it even if my workload is heavy, why I always take photos of everything even food, and why I keep things from movie and concert tickets to receipts even if my mom tells me to throw them away because I have so much "trash".

I love remembering the happy times so the scene in the movie Inside Out where Riley's core memories slowly disappeared struck a chord in me.  I realized that in the past birthdays and Christmases, my "wants" were almost always connected to preserving moments.. Pandora charms and bracelets to symbolize special occasions, a Canon Selphy printer so I can make photo albums, and a die cut machine for scrapbooking.  

I used to write in my journal all the time but in the past years,  I'm too tired when I get home and have barely enough energy to eat, much less handwrite what happened that day.  I thought of making a scrapbook instead which could also serve as an outlet for my artsy side (or what's left of it), but as the months went on, I found it difficult to sustain.  So now I have nothing except scattered movie tickets and photobooth snapshots to remember the years by.  

By analyzing why I wasn't able to finish a scrapbook, I realized that the trick is to have a scrapbooking system that will make it easier for me to just chronicle everything, even day-to-day activities.  I finally decided on one and told T that I wanted this kit.  He asked me where we could find it and I told him the name of the store.   So last Sunday, T told me we could go and look for it after hearing mass.

We tried one branch first but they said everything was transferred to their other branch where parking is a biatch during the holidays.  We still went anyway and T got the kit and a whole bunch of other stuff for me.  Pretty expensive for scrapbooking but then again, there's no price tag for preserving memories!  As soon as we bought it, I wanted to go through the scrapbooking kit but I can't open my present until Christmas Eve.

During our last stop in the mall, I just had to take a photo of T carrying my gift as we walked out of a store.  At that moment, I realized I already have everything I "want" this Christmas and I'm not talking about my scrapbooking kit.  Thank you T for always trying and wanting to make me happy, even if it involves what you call my useless stuff :D  

So that ends my rare cheesy blog post.  Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you get to spend the holidays with your family and loved ones as well :)


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