Even if I weren’t aware of the calendar, I’d know it was the holiday shopping season simply by the number of catalogues that are showing up in my mailbox lately. (I swear; Land’s End must be flush with cash, because they sure aren’t shy about spending it on catalogues – I get at least two a week!)
I spent a few minutes this morning updating my Amazon wish list. Even though I know my in-laws won’t use it (did I tell you the story about the year they tried to use Amazon wish lists? Every gift my bruder-in-law got from his parents was an item from MY list..), I know that Mr. Chili can go there and find things that he can suggest to his parents. As most of those things are books, and as delighted as my in-laws are to spend time in book stores, they’ll be more than happy to knock off some of my wishes.
Though I’m not sure how well I’ll do this year, I am hoping to do much of my shopping from my computer. The idea of Bring-It-To-My-Door is, I think, a lovely way to deal with the holiday shopping crowds and all the attendant lunacy associated with them. Also, knowing how terrible I am at getting to the post office means that having presents delivered is a really good idea for me.
I know I won’t do all my shopping online; I am going to hit up a local Stonewall Kitchens outlet for my coworkers, for example, but the store is in the opposite direction as the major shopping Mecca in my area, so that shouldn’t be too taxing a trip; I’ll get there after lunch with Bobbie one afternoon. I’ve also got a couple of presents already bought; I try to make a point of picking up things that speak to me of this or that friend regardless of the time of year; I’ve got a couple of gifts for Mr. Chili and O’Mama that I obtained in my travels this summer, and I grabbed a present for Bruder while I was visiting my sister last week.
How are YOU getting ready for that most wonderful time of the year?