Wednesday, November 25, 2015
I don't like shopping. At least in stores - I don't like crowds, I don't like wandering around not finding what I need. My idea of good shopping is to go straight into the store, buy what I need, and then walk straight back out. So, Black Friday shopping is not for me, and I've never been.
But we have a fair number of Christmas presents to get every year. The hub's family is all overseas, and there are a young niece and little nephew in the mix, so we always send boxes full of treats to them. And my family is also in another country, and there are three little girls who are fun to dote on.
So I start shopping in early November. In stores and online. And usually by Thanksgiving, I have most of the shopping done. This year, I have *all* the shopping done already. The presents are all either piled at one end of our dining table, or are on delivery trucks, or were finally ordered today.
It helps a lot that the hub and I don't buy Christmas gifts for each other, or for our kids. We don't usually get birthday presents either. We still celebrate with special dinners, and the kids had parties when they were little. And the kids aren't neglected - they get treats the rest of the year. When they were young, I liked to get them something to celebrate the end of the school year. Sometimes something for the end of the soccer season, or something special we see while traveling. But we don't give presents for Christmas or birthdays, when it feels like an obligation. I'm not sure we're preparing the kids well for real life among normal people, but this approach has made life a lot simpler for us.
Anyway, all the Christmas presents for our families and a few very close friends have been got. Because I am a little ocd, I keep track of the presents for our 17 recipients in excel, and note whether they are ordered or in hand. Since I am essentially done with holiday shopping, does that mean we are on the positive side of the gift ledger balance? I'm going to call this my own Black Wednesday and sleep well tonight!