I think I’ve finished my Christmas shopping. That’s because I did 99% of it online. First I save up mailed catalogs starting in October, then in November I start marking them up with ideas for various family and friends, and then around the first of December I sit down and order everything. If I have it organized correctly it takes me about four hours to do all my actual shopping.
This of course doesn’t mean that all the gifts I’ve ordered have arrived. This photo is what my actual porch looked like last Friday night. I’m still waiting for about 9 items, and I’ll worry about what I’ll do for my Plan B if those things don’t arrive in a timely manner.
And this is all complicated by the fact that I’m the only one in my family who makes a list. We all used to do it, but sometime during the years the tradition kind of died out. But heck, if I’d like a throw to match my bedspread, I find it helpful to tell somebody about it. My family starts complaining if I don’t produce a list and yet they, unhelpful people that they are, won’t reciprocate. “You know what I like,” is what I usually hear. To which I reply, “Yes, I do, but that’s what I got you last year.” Sigh.
I did go to the mall a week or so ago, to take my nephews to see Santa. And I made myself a promise that I would not return until well after the holidays. I may have lost several appendages during that trip. No, I much prefer my internet shopping, even though my mom says you can’t judge how quality something is from a photo.
Do you make or require Christmas shopping lists? Do you shop online, or do you go out and brave the crowds in person? How far along are you with your shopping?