To be honest, I really hate shopping, period! Except for Christmas. I love Christmas shopping and I start getting in the mood for it as soon as it starts getting cold and especially when it snows.
I used to be one of those people who started in October and got most of it done before Thanksgiving, because besides hating to shop, I hate crowds even worse. One year I had all my shopping done before Halloween and at first I felt wonderful and organized, but then the Christmas Holidays arrived along with the decorations, the music and the excitment of Christmas and I felt bad that I wasn't out shopping during "The Season". I missed the Christmas Spirit and the Christmas Feeling it brings when you are out during that time. So after that I swore I would never again completely finish my Christmas Shopping before the Season even began.
But I also swore I would NEVER go Black Friday shopping. Then a few years ago my little sister, Valerie, begged me to go with her and she also talked my other sister, Alicia, and my Mom into going also. None of us had ever had the desire before and I can't believe I went! But we had such a great time and got some wonderful gifts for awesome prices, so we made it a tradition and went together for several years. From that point on I began my Christmas shopping on Black Friday.
This year, however, I did not do any shopping on Black Friday and I have yet to even start to shop. What? This year has been
I really wanted to do more handmade type gifts this year...you know... gifts from the heart? But with the move and everything I just have not had the time to do it. So to come up with ideas for what to buy the people on my list was a real struggle. And maybe the desire just hasn't been there either. It's the first year I will be away from my kids and my family for Christmas and I think it's got me down just a bit.
The good news is I have finally made my list and I have an idea of what I want to get, and now I am feeling the rush and the desire to get it done because Christmas is in just 3 weeks....... Eeeek.... THREE WEEKS???? Now if payday Friday would just get here!
How do you approach or handle your Christmas Shopping?