What are you guys up to now that the holiday shopping craziness is in full swing? Although I should have known better, I made the mistake of going out to a busy shopping area (to our new Aldi’s) Friday after lunch. A 30-minute trip turned into an hour-plus adventure, including seeing drivers at their worst and sitting through four rotations of traffic lights. Yikes!
I’ve done online shopping mostly over the years, but always try to buy gifts over the course of the year and stick them back. However, that did backfire for me one year: I forgot where I put some of the gifts and had to to scramble to get new, different stuff. Then a year later, as I’m digging around, I find the items. Whew — thank goodness nothing was perishable!
Anyhoo, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve lost my appetite for facing the holiday crowds, but occasionally I’ve ventured into the big city early on a Sunday morning to get a few things and then hightailed it out of there before traffic got too hairy. Or I might go early on a weekday, after school has started and folks are already at work.
But forget doing any shopping at night. Especially after dark, I’m quite happy to curl up on the couch in our formal living room with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and read, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful lights outside and on the tree.
Speaking of Christmas trees, we’ve always gotten live ones — love that smell! — but are toying with the idea of an artificial one one of these years, especially once my son is off to college. Any thoughts or suggestions?
What about you? How’s your holiday season going so far? How are you handling the holiday craziness?