I love hunting out bargains and Christmas shopping in general. It's about the only shopping I do like. I'm with your wife on being frugal though.
The way I shop is mostly online though so I think I miss out on some of the holiday buzz. But what I do is to play Christmas music or watch a Christmas movie while I shop online...so I guess that's a bit different than what you meant...still festive though.
Looking forward to Christmas a little early this year.