From Wishlists to Registries

Every Christmas since I was a little girl, I’ve made my parents and brother a collage of things I want (and definitely do not need).  It started with My Little Ponies and Lisa Frank stationery and has progressed to this crazy thing you see below.  I would stop, but they ask for it every year, and who am I to keep secrets? 🙂

Christmas Wishlist 2008(It’s slightly embarrassing how greedy I am. I’ll comfort myself in knowing this was two Christmases ago, and I’ve scaled it down since then.  Kind of.)

See, I’m pretty good at knowing what I like and want at any given moment.  But none of these items are necessary.  And my tastes change so fast!  Probably the only things on there I’d still want are the bike and bowls.  Oh wait, I’d take that Flip cam, too.  Anything from Tiffany’s wouldn’t hurt either…

Wait, okay, so my next point is: When it comes to things that I *need*—things that I’ll like *forever*—my brain comes to a screeching halt.

Which brings us to my problem with registries.  We thought of a few places to register; I got all website-clicking-happy; and then I froze!  One night, I added 20 things to our registry and took them all down within minutes.  I kept asking myself, “Am I going to like this in 20 years?” and, “Is black here to stay?” and, “Shouldn’t I read just one more review…about every single option?”

The hardest part is that we don’t have anything to start with.  When we move in together, we’ll both be moving out of our families’ homes, which  means nothing is really ours.  The dishes, the chairs, the knives—they all stay with our families.  But I feel like I’m choosing everything in our future home during this one fleeting moment in which I love delicate details, clean lines, and black and white.  What happens if my tastes change toward vintage or bold colors?

I’m at a standstill right now.  Any advice from those of you who have already registered?  How did you approach the task?

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January 29, 2010. Uncategorized.

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