Saturday, December 2, 2006

Christmas Shopping

I spent four hours or so of my precious day off yesterday doing some Christmas shopping with my mom and sister. We have to go together at least once...we used to go more often when my sis and I were stay-at-homes. We manage to have fun, but it isn't easy because none of us really enjoys shopping. Me, personally? I do not like to shop AT ALL. Not grocery shopping, not clothes shopping, certainly not recreational shopping. It has been suggested to me that if I had enough money I would grow to love it, but I don't think so. Grocery shopping is, of course, a necessary evil. I have gotten good at it over the years, but my skill doesn't bring me all that much pleasure. I declared that I was going to to all my holiday shopping online this year, but it is starting to look like that isn't going to happen unless I act quickly. I did get started yesterday with a few things here and there, but it feels like a drop in the bucket. I don't want to sound all Bah Humbug, but I find the holidays somewhat stressful. I want so much to please people and provide happy memories for my may be that I don't have the knack. Well, not that we haven't had nice holidays, but I just always get the feeling that maybe everyone was wishing for more or is sort of a vague feeling. Maybe it is just my own personal paranoia. I am pleased to note though, that I have to be one of the easiest people in the world to shop for myself. Without sarcasm I can say that I am perfectly happy with anything that someone choses to give me. Socks? Right on! Who doesn't need more socks? A bath set? Yay! Nice smells and bubbles! A gift card? Unlike some I could name, I don't see the gift card as an insult. I love being able to get what I really want or need!
In conclusion, I solicit your thoughts on holiday and any other kind of shopping.


esb138 said...

It is a pretty sad statement that people can have the feeling that they haven't bought enough. This holiday has gotten way out of hand. I am an anti-shopper as well. I will not go unless absolutely necessary. keep your chin up-the season will be over before you know it.

Tara said...

I bought a pair of socks for myself a few months ago, and man do I love those things. They've very soft and fluffy, so I used them for slippers.

Anyway, I have to be in the mood to shop for anything. I bought a few presents for my nephew who's 2 1/2 years old, but other than that, most of my shopping will be online or through catalogs. I have three brothers who live elsewhere: two in Arizona and one in Canada. So I hate the idea of shipping stuff out. Then I have a brother here who has his wife and two kids, and then I have my mom and the pets. It's taxing on the bank account, whatever amount is spent on them.

l.b. said...

misfit: Thanks for the words of encouragement. I will just keep reminding myself that it will soon be over for another year.

Tara: Are you the only girl amongst four brothers? What was that like for you? Because sometimes I feel really sorry for my daughter :-)

Tara said...

Yeah, I'm the only girl out of the litter. Lol. They always found quality time out of their day to torment me the way brothers do so well. Most of their antics made me laugh though too. :)