Monday, December 20, 2010

The Six Days of Christmas

I’m sure you’ve heard the famous Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and you’ve probably heard some of the spoofs that have been done of it. But, have you ever thought of how much it would cost to buy that for your wife? According to MSN News, the price of the gifts in the 12 days of Christmas would be a whopping $87,403; while the Shreveport Times puts it at$96,000!

Not only is the cost prohibitive, but what woman would want all those maids milking cows in her living room; and the lord-a-leaping would probably knock over a lamp; those pipers, well I don’t know how many people are into pipe music these days. Seems to me that this 12 days of Christmas thing is a totally impractical idea.

Day 61 – Why not do your own version of the 12 days, but let’s at least cut it down to reality. There’s six days left, so why not do a “Six Days of Christmas” for your wife. Let’s make one more modification too; the gifts don’t need to match the number of the days.

Really, what I’m doing here is suggesting that you build a little anticipation into your Christmas giving this year. I have yet to meet a woman who doesn’t get curious about what’s under the Christmas tree; maybe there are some out there, but I haven’t met them yet. So, instead of waiting for the last minute, and putting her gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve, start putting one under the tree every day, until Christmas.

Obviously, this would require having six gifts for your wife; one for every day this week. That doesn’t mean that you need to buy her six expensive gifts, just six gifts (or five, or four if you cut it down to that). The first gift could be a box of her favorite chocolates. The second one could be a small decoration for the bedroom, etc. The idea is to build the anticipation.

For fun, you could label the gifts to match the song, “On the first day of Christmas…” That in and of itself will get her thinking; she’ll be wondering about how many gifts you are giving her. Oh, and if you made a deal with her about a spending limit or anything like that, don’t worry. Those deals don’t mean anything.

If you're having trouble coming up with gift ideas for your wife, check out my blog post for November 30th; I gave all the guys some advice on how to do their Christmas shopping this year.

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