I’m a planner and I celebrate Christmas. December is the month when stores display items that are not available during the majority of the year. Though many are shopping for gifts, December is a month that I shop for myself. This means my Christmas shopping is done.
Throughout the year I enjoy finding gifts that the recipient will enjoy, something that was mentioned during the year and forgotten by the holidays. A gift needs to be wrapped, preferably in a box that may be shaken. If the gift is a car, wrap the keys.
I detest gift cards. I view them as a major rip off, since I have a drawer full that have small amounts on them that will never be expended. Gift cards are a major revenue source for retailers and credit card companies who smile at how easily consumers pay the fee to either purchase or activate an amount that is often limited in where it may be used and the duration during which it may be spent. My preference for giving: cash or check…with a little something wrapped and topped by a bow.
When my children were young, I eventually got my husband in the habit of completing most of our Christmas shopping by Columbus Day. Both of us were Federal employees, and Columbus Day we enjoyed a day off while our children attended school. We’d get up early and traipse the outlet mall and toy stores, returning home in time to stash our loot.
Gone are the days when Black Friday sales were civilized events that allowed the average consumer to shop. Even when Black Friday sales were civilized, exciting fun, inevitably the toy of the year would be advertised a week or two after Thanksgiving. I’d wait until thrill shoppers ran out of money (or credit) and be at the store on a Sunday at opening time to snatch the latest video game player. Thankfully, I no longer need to strategize my shopping.
I look forward to visiting, traveling, decorating, seasonal songs, holiday events, and shopping (a little). After I retired I missed some of this until I determined that I’d always partake in making the holiday a special time by decking my halls and seeking ways to make the holiday season special.
If I may borrow part of the Cowardly Lion’s quote, “I do believe in Santa, I do, I do, I do.”