Halloween is barely over with, but it’s the next holiday that is on my mind already – Christmas!! There are only 50 more days until Christmas, in case you were wondering! ;) Meaning only 49 more shopping days! (No need to shudder…I am just warning you!!)
Before I had kids, I LOVED being out in the hustle and bustle of shopping during the holiday season. Hitting up the malls and stores while listening to Christmas songs playing overhead and Christmas decor all about. It really made it feel like Christmas! Christmas of 2007 changed it all for me though! I no longer wanted to be out in crowded stores, full of people (many rude and grumpy!) shopping for last minute gifts with a 5 month old baby!!
The next year, I tried to get things earlier to avoid having to be out with a toddler in the craziness that is Christmas retail season! Now, year after year, it seems that it is earlier and earlier I start thinking about what I am going to buy for those on my list. Last year I started my shopping in October and I was completely done all my shopping by the end of November! I have to say, I was NOT missing that feeling I used to get about being out in the crowds, and didn’t need that to be in the Christmas spirit.
This year, I have started even earlier it seems! I bought my first two Christmas presents back in mid September! Now, for some of you this is ridiculously early, and for others you, may have started back in the summer, or maybe even before that and I am not an early shopper at all! Here is why I now LOVE shopping early!
Now there can also be some downfalls to shopping early as well!
I am sure there are many pros and cons that I haven’t mentioned here. Everyone has their own traditions as to how they prepare for Christmas shopping and preparing gifts! I really like to be prepared (almost too much sometimes lol) so shopping early is now something I really like to do! This year I hope to have all my Christmas list checked off by the end of November again! So we shall see! I need to get on starting to write down all my gift ideas!
What are your shopping traditions for the Christmas season? Are you and early bird or will you be shopping right up to the last minute!? What do you like about your Christmas shopping style, or are there things you would like to change!?