It is just a few days before Christmas & I have yet to really do any Christmas shopping. You read that right. I. Haven’t. Even. Started. Why is that, you ask. I really hate shopping. That’s really it. I really hate shopping and Christmas shopping seems to exacerbate that hate. The reason is that Christmas has become so commercialized and there’s such an emphasis on buying this and buying that that it makes it unbearable.
So, is anybody else in this same situation? To be honest, I go through this every year. The only difference with this year is that this is the first time I’ve been so close to Christmas. Believe it or not, I do have a plan. Since I am a baker, I will be making some delicious baked goods for a couple of the adults. I’ve realized that as you get older, you want less and less things and more experiences. The majority of the people on my list are children and I won’t be seeing all of the children on Christmas, so I don’t have to get all of the gifts by Friday. That takes some of the pressure off.
I haven’t forgotten that we are in a pandemic either which will put a damper on who I visit, as well. There is a bright spot though. My husband took the initiative to buy our son’s gifts and I was able to order something for him. We’re not big on giving gifts either, not even for birthdays or our anniversary. We like experiences, so we usually share heartfelt cards and go out to dinner. We like the simplicity of just being together and acknowledging the day.
With all that said, regardless of what has been or has not been bought, we will still enjoy our time together. Nothing and no one should be taken for granted, especially those that we love. If you are in the same position as I am, I wish you much luck. If you don’t get it all done, ah well. Better late than never, I say. Anyway, happy holidays to you and yours.
“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” ~ Rita Mae Brown