My mom and I took a trip to the mall today. It poured rain today, so it was the perfect day for a shopping trip. We walked around the mall and were surprised to see Santa there already. We dodged the perfume and lotion people, since those smells give me a headache and make me sneeze. Seriously? They smell like bug spray. Why would you want to smell like bug spray? We noticed that salespeople were especially pushy, asking if they could help find anything the moment we walked into the store and telling us about promotions. Don’t they realize I’d like to just shop in peace? We even skipped a store after recognizing a particularly annoying sales girl that we got sick of on a previous trip over the summer. We got lunch, and then… we were ready to leave.
The strange thing about this is that we didn’t buy anything. Both of us left without making a purchase (except lunch). I don’t think I’ve ever gone shopping with my mom without either of us buying something. I left the mall feeling tired and kind of annoyed. Is the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season here already? I hate the feeling of shopping and buying just because I’m obligated to buy people presents. I try to make as many meaningful gifts as I can, but I only have so much time.
I’m not a “Humbug!” type of person by any means. I love to decorate for Christmas with candles in the windows, a village and of course a Christmas tree and some wreathes. I like the music and the cookies (of course!). I like the movies, the idea of Santa and the reindeer. I like spending time with the people I love. But I HATE the feeling of rushing around at the last minute to get gifts, because I can only make so many. So this year, I’m trying to shop online. Lately, I’ve been looking at Lehman’s and have found a few gifts I really like. And I’m going to try to not fall behind with shopping and wrapping, since we’ll be hosting Christmas with our immediate families at our house this year. I want to be able to have the holiday without getting overwhelmed. I know it will only get busier when we have children!
For me, the Christmas season doesn’t really begin until the Friday after Thanksgiving. That’s when I get out the decorations and when we start selling Christmas trees at the farm market. When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was the busiest holiday at the farm, with baking pies 24-hours a day and skipping school to work, which we kids loved. It was a fun but tiring time, and there was no time to think about Christmas then. After a few years off, my family has decided to remain open for pies this year, so again Thanksgiving will take precidence to Christmas, at least until that Friday. But maybe I can still get some online shopping done.
How do you manage Christmas gifts?