I love Christmas!
Except for a few years when I was a bit ‘ Grinchy ‘ due to job stress and people pleasing fatigue, I’ve always loved it. And while I know Christmas isn’t all about the gifts, I do get excited when I think the people I love opening a present that I hope they’ll enjoy.
I’m not sure why my daughter looks so thrilled with this little sweatshirt since it was clothing rather than a toy, but I’d like to see her face when she opens the gifts I sent her this year. I’ve only been away from her one other time at Christmas and thanks to iChat, I was able to see her open her presents on Christmas Day.
Being a UK-based Santa now has some limitations which are lessened a bit by my ability to shop online and email gifts to different family members in the US for wrapping and delivery.
I sent some gifts this year directly to Miranda that I had wrapped here and had some sent from Amazon that I asked her wrap for me and to take to her Grandmom and my sister, Jennie. I also sent my step-mom Cullene a gift to wrap for Miranda.
Here’s where it gets interesting …
I was on the phone a couple of days ago with Cullene who was acting as chief elf for the gift I had sent to her house for Miranda. I was telling her all about the package that was coming and how I had searched through hundreds of similar products on the internet before finding what I wanted on Etsy.
While I was trying to describe the gift to her, I decided I’d make it easy and forward the email receipt with an attached photo and send it to myself in the same email. I thought I was being pretty smooth until I pressed send and nothing showed up in my email inbox. My first thought was that the file might be larger than I thought and it was just slow.
So I went to my sent file and discovered I had made a big mistake.
I bet you know where this is going … yep, if you guessed that I cc’d Miranda instead of myself, you’d be right!
What quickly followed was a mix of phone calls and emails. I couldn’t reach her by phone so within a few minutes I was in a full-blown panic and moved from calling to email.
Notice how my subject headings go from a wordy babble, to shouting and ordering in just three emails.
Subject: Delete the ETSY email I sent you by mistake or you will know what one of your Christmas presents is !! ( This one looks as if I’m giving her options here, but I’m really not. It’s an or else moment if I’ve ever seen one. )
Subject: DO NOT open the ETSY EMAIL!!!! It’s a MISTAKE AND WILL REVEAL YOUR PRESENT!!! ( Right, now I’m really getting bossy, but I’m still informational about it.)
Subject: DON’T OPEN THE ETSY EMAIL!!!!! ( No pretending here, I’m just saying don’t do it!)
After waiting for what seemed like forever and moaning a lot to John about my stupidity, I received an email that she sent from work.
It was simple and to the point with a clear lack of her mother’s excitable energy and overuse of exclamation points.
Subject: All emails deleted without opening
How about you … any Christmas blunders happening in your world or is just me who can’t keep a secret?
haha – I’ve almost told people their present so many times – mostly just cause I’m so excited I can’t keep my mouth shut 🙂
The big (almost) blunder here is due to my 6-year-old being way too excited about something that we picked up for Daddy. He came right home and started babbling on and on about how the present is a secret and he is not supposed to tell and so forth. It nearly slipped out, but Daddy and I managed to stop him in time. It helps that I am a master at the poker face so that Daddy did not find a hint in anything that little boy said. Just 7 more days to keep some secrets…
The perils of the “send” button. Boy, would our ancestors marvel at the problems we have today. Funny story, my friend. And very funny reaction from Miranda. Merry Christmas!
Yeah, we have gift blunders…but everyone seems to play dumb in order to have the delights of Christmas day gift opening glee. What a sweet blunder you made though. Merriest of Christmases to you and your dear John.
haha funny story. i don’t have any Christmas blunders this year – yet anyway.
Wishing you and John a wonderful, blessed Christmas.
No blunders (knock on wood) just a party that had to be re-scheduled by two weeks due to a snow storm. But my biggest observation of this season is how quickly it’s flying by. Where has the month gone?