Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
I prefer less crowds, so I try to plan accordingly. However, during the holiday shopping season that is nearly impossible, especially the closer you get to the big day. I also use the 24 hour Walmart at the wee hours in the morning so I have NO crowds. Just very little people and GREAT parking spaces. I usually come home from work on Friday night, and go to bed by 8pm. I get up at 1am and hit the 24 hour walmart for some quick gift and holiday menu shopping. Usually in 1 no more than 2 trips this way, I will be completely finished my shopping. Also we have a KOHLs store which stays open til midnite alot during holiday shopping. Going there at about 8 or 9pm you find less crowds because everyone is still at the malls. I avoid the malls at all costs. I shop online for stores in the malls. I do the best I can to avoid crowds. After Black Friday shopping, I have had my fill of crowds.
I'm sorta in between. I don't enjoy black Friday types of crowds; but, the crowds you get on the last few weekends before Christmas, I like. To me, shopping with the crowds is all part of the experience that makes the season exciting and unique.
I really really don't like crowds and this year, since H1N1 is going around and I have an infant, I'll be avoiding them all together because I don't want him to be exposed to it if I can help it at all. I think I'll be doing all of my shopping online this year.
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I do all my shopping the first Saturday in December. I find this date to be a happy medium for me - I can still find a parking space and the crowds are busy, but not insane because everyone still has a few more weeks of shopping available.
The days before and Christmas Eve I avoid shopping all together. I've never shopped that close to Christmas and while some people may enjoy the last minute rush, I have a feeling it would ruin the experience for me. I like the crowds, but last minute shoppers can be unfortunately aggressive from what I've heard...So I stick to a few weeks before!
I don't like crowds too much. That's the main reason I decorate the house on the day after Thanksgiving. I do love to go to a mall (not many of those left) on Saturday or Sunday of the weekend. I'm not usually out to buy but to look at that time. We'll see...hubby is still trying to decide if we're buying for nieces and nephews. I say we should but he's not sure. If we go between 10 and 15 dollars it won't be so bad. Well, that's what I think. I also like going to stores a few days before for that Christmas spirit.
A Beary Merry Christmas to all!
i like a happy medium i like the crowds when everyones getting along cause to me its part of the season but when people get ugly it kinda ruins everything... so merry crowds=good.... grumpy crowds/ones lacking the spirit= bad