Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Don't Dawdle?

 Tonight I saw an ad that suggested some items I might need for my "last minute holiday gift giving". Really?! It's only the 9th of the month.

Way back when we had children in the house, our family tradition was to put Christmas lists in our shoes at bedtime on December 5th, (the eve of St. Nicholas Day) so St. Nick could take them to Santa. After the lists were gone no one could add any items, and I could confidently hit the stores on December 6th. I always managed to get everything in the house with plenty of time to spare.

Granted, back then I bought all my presents in actual stores. There was no internet to order from. And I didn't have to mail anything out of town. But now I do send things to our far-scattered family. The post office deadlines are somewhere between December 15th and the 23rd (depending on how much you want to spend-it costs more to have it under the tree on Christmas the later you wait.) I guess that if I needed to have something shipped to me before I mailed it out I might be a little concerned about the timing, but if that was the case I would make my purchase in person or via the store website at the plethora of local places that have plenty of stock.

Five years ago today: It Shouldn't Be This Hard!

11 comments:

  1. We don't even buy gifts any more.

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  2. When my girls were little, I'd do my Christmas shopping in October, on Columbus Day. But only because it was the one day of the year when I was on my own. The girls still had school, but it was a holiday at my work place. Like Donna W, I now don't buy gifts.

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    1. Wow! I was never that confident that I could guess what my boys would want.

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  3. They’re crazy and desperate.

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  4. Times have changed almost overnight it seems. I did all my shopping online this Christmas pretty much.

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    1. We did some online, too, but I'm really trying to support the small local stores as much as possible.

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  5. I have one to mail to Texas that I intended to mail Monday, but on second thought, it's out the door tomorrow.

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    1. The sooner you can do it the shorter the line will be.

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