I'll put my hand up and admit that I have started.
When we were in Alaska I picked up a few things that I couldn't get around here, but just last week I started regular Christmas shopping.
Most of the people whom I have bought for actually have birthdays between now and then, and it was very much a case of getting both the birthday gift and the Christmas gift while on a roll.
However I do confess that I am one of those people who absolutely loathes last minute shopping, and if I'm not 90% done by Dec 1st, then I start to obsess. I hate the crowds, hate the 'all day power shopping' where you get jostled while looking and then stand in line for ages. And I really hate the thought of settling for something that isn't exactly what you really want to give, but you've run out of time to look anymore for the right thing.
When I was in the stores last week and sheepishly asked the salesclerks to mark the receipt as Christmas gifts, most people looked at me like I was daft. However one proclaimed me to be very smart and said that she too had already started because she felt you generally had a better selection at this time of year, as things weren't so picked over.
My sister is a last minute power shopper who doesn't even think about Christmas shopping until after Dec 1st. She is thoroughly miserable about the whole thing and snaps if you ask her what her daughter would like and curses you for getting things done so early.
She does the same thing to herself every single year, and derives absolutely no pleasure out of the season until December 24th. We draw names among the adults and I cringe when I draw her name because she will be the one who will drag my shopping on because she's so unco-operative about providing ideas, and yet doesn't respond well to surprise gifts.
Conversely I start my shopping early, do a little each week, take my time to find what I really want, and thoroughly enjoy the process.
I really don't understand why she does this to herself every year and suggest that she start sooner but she just snarls and says that she doen't have the time. I try to point out that it would actually take less time early, without the crowds, but she doesn't want to hear it.
My other sister used to shop like her, but has listened to me and started doing some a little earlier. She agress that it's a much more pleasant experience.
I remember years ago when I worked in a drug store while going to university. On Christmas Eve, 20 minutes before we closed, a young man walked in and handed me his Christmas list (about a dozen names, no ideas). He had not even started his shopping, and the whole mall was going to close. I was flabbergasted.
This was a drugstore, remember, so the people on his list got a lot of blow dryers, colgnes and chocolates that year, and he made us close late in the process.
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