I went to the mall yesterday to start my Christmas shopping. Yup, you heard me correctly…just starting. As you know, I love Christmas. I love everything about it, including shopping for presents. As I was in the mall, I overheard some conversations from the other shoppers in line at the Starbucks. (had to get a peppermint mocha before I started)
Some were just picking up last minute items, some were looking for that perfect last gift, some were picking up stocking stuffers and some were in full frenzy of thinking they will never be done shopping. As I waited in line enjoying the Christmas music playing it got me thinking of the different types of shopping the holidays bring. There are a few types out there…
- The way too early bird–these are the people who start shopping the moment Christmas is over, taking advantage of the sales. I can’t even wrap my head around this one. You just finished a beautiful season and instead of basking in the in between glow of Christmas to New Year’s you hit the stores and try to shop while everyone else is returning stuff they didn’t like. That doesn’t seem less stressful to me, but I could be wrong.
- The shop all year long set–they know who they have to buy for, so all year long they are on the lookout for gifts. This seems like a twofold problem to me…where are you going to stash the stuff all year and aren’t you afraid of over buying? If it were me, I would pull out all the bags to wrap, only to discover I spent too much money throughout the year.
- Christmas in July folks–I will say this…it might be unpopular, but here it goes…I do not like the whole Christmas in July thing. Don’t know when or why it started, but I am enjoying summer too much to even think about Christmas. Maybe this falls into the shop all year long category, I don’t know.
- Walmart is playing Christmas music while Halloween candy is out people–I blame the stores for this one. I mean, come on…school just started, we are gearing up for trick or treat, people are trying to buy the good bags of candy before all they’re left with are packs of good and plenty and you hear Bing playing over the loudspeaker and you see red and green tinsel in the distance. Of course, we start dreaming of lists, wrapping paper and bows. Like I said, I don’t blame the people, I blame the stores.
- Catalog/Online shoppers–they refuse to deal with the crowds, just sit back and wait for the delivery guys. I understand, really, I do. Let’s just remember to thank them for all their hard work during the season.
- Crazy people like Tracie–usually shopping the week of Christmas, because they like it, not out of necessity. We know what we are going to have to deal with, but we do it every year anyway. The hustle and bustle are where we thrive, and you better watch out cuz this is our sport…CrossFit has nothing on us. LOL!!
I know there are other types and I know people have to shop early to mail things out. I get it. But you have to admit, I am pretty dead on with these. We all have different ways we go about getting ready for the holiday season and you continue to do it your way. I am not making fun of just one set of people; in typical Tracie fashion…I am making fun of everybody (myself included). Enjoy your holiday! I’m sure when I go shopping for myself the day after Christmas to get the sales, I will see some of you with your lists for next year. You may hear me laugh if I see you; but you just do you and laugh right back at the crazy girl hitting the overcrowded stores, not because she has an errand to run, just because she likes it.
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