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sassandgroove
08-27-2008, 01:57 AM
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I've just started my Christmas shopping!

joyce
08-27-2008, 02:02 AM
I've purchased two Christmas ornaments for friends, so I guess I've started the shop. I hope I get it all done early this year and don't wait till the last moment like I did last year.

ChaosTitan
08-27-2008, 02:07 AM
I think I purchased my first Christmas '08 gift back in June. I just hope I can find it come December.

SHOP NOW! I have zero sympathy for people running around on Christmas Eve, in a tizzy because they haven't found the perfect present for Uncle Albert. You've got four months, so don't waste 'em.

JLCwrites
08-27-2008, 03:46 AM
:e2faint:

Susie
08-27-2008, 03:55 AM
I've purchased two Christmas ornaments for friends, so I guess I've started the shop. I hope I get it all done early this year and don't wait till the last moment like I did last year.


Aww, thx much, joycey. I knew you'd get me one that's all chocolate. :D

Don
08-27-2008, 03:56 AM
It's ok among friends, Sassy, but I think it should be a capital offense for retailers to mention Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. :tongue

Seaclusion
08-27-2008, 03:57 AM
Why must you all remind me of Christmas 2008. I am still recovering from the familial nightmare of Christmas 2007.

Come to think of it, Christmas 1973 wasn't so hot either. Now I'm depressed.

Richard

Jersey Chick
08-27-2008, 04:04 AM
ACK!

:e2thud:

Make her stop... someone... I can't deal with Christmas yet....

robeiae
08-27-2008, 04:07 AM
Christmas 2008 is coming


No it's not. It's been postponed indefinitely, pending a review by the DOHS.

Unique
08-27-2008, 04:07 AM
ACK!

:e2thud:

Make her stop... someone... I can't deal with Christmas yet....

If I had known Jehovah's Witnesses didn't celebrate holidays, I would have become one years ago.

Why do I always find out these things ... late.

Oh, well. Better late than never. :D

stormie
08-27-2008, 04:16 AM
Christmas. Yep. I just started talking to my family about what we're going to do. (We have all these traditions that have to be modified for certain reasons....)

Anyhoo, we try to keep the holyday/holiday in perspective. "Try" is the key word. :D

It is strange, though, listening to the crickets chirp their way into our basement, seeing the fireflys outside the windows knocking into the screens, to think that winter and Christmas is only four months away.

(Hey, Sass. Didn't you bring this up last year? And the year before that? And the year before that? :ROFL: Only kidding.)

Jersey Chick
08-27-2008, 04:18 AM
No it's not. It's been postponed indefinitely, pending a review by the DOHS.

Did Santa end up on the Watch list? Ay yi yi...

Clair Dickson
08-27-2008, 04:22 AM
Heh-- in retail, it's been "Christmas" since the middle of July... Yeah, working at a major supercenter really warped my sense of holidays and seasons.

I do all my holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend (at the sales? NOOOOO... remember, I work in retail!) online. My christmas shopping arrives in little boxes on my doorstep. Not too early, but early enough for "holiday shipping" (strap it to the back of the sedated snail.)

Gehanna
08-27-2008, 04:25 AM
Ever notice the connection between Walmart clearance isles and shopper psychosis? Fahhhreeeaky. It gets worse during Christmas shopping season.

Gehanna

stormie
08-27-2008, 04:31 AM
I made the mistake of shopping for that "one last gift" last year on the 23rd. Never, ever, again.

Southern_girl29
08-27-2008, 04:32 AM
Let's just skip Christmas this year. I'm not really looking forward to it.

Beach Bunny
08-27-2008, 05:56 AM
It's not even Labor Day and you're talking about Christmas. That's just so ... so ... WRONG. :(

What about all the poor neglected holidays between now and then? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, et. al. What about them? Huh? I think you've hurt their feelings. :(

maestrowork
08-27-2008, 08:18 AM
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA....

Bmwhtly
08-27-2008, 11:43 AM
Christmas 2008 is coming Oh no it isn't.
*covers ears*
IT ISN'T!


120 Days
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Well... as long as it stays that far away.

JimmyB27
08-27-2008, 02:14 PM
120 Days
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I've just started my Christmas shopping!
The proper time for Christmas shopping is Christmas Eve.

Neurotic
08-27-2008, 04:02 PM
Or Christmas morning if you have enough cash in your wallet to dole out.

That's what the early morning ATM dash is for.

People know better than to expect presents from me. I might pick them up something but the odds are against it. Their fault for not following when I moved countries. Buggered if I'm paying for presents and international postage.

ChaosTitan
08-27-2008, 05:22 PM
The proper time for Christmas shopping is Christmas Eve.

Bite your tongue!

maestrowork
08-27-2008, 05:27 PM
Or Christmas morning if you have enough cash in your wallet to dole out.

Or the day after Christmas. That's where the bargains are.

BenPanced
08-27-2008, 05:33 PM
It's not even Labor Day and you're talking about Christmas. That's just so ... so ... WRONG. :(

What about all the poor neglected holidays between now and then? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, et. al. What about them? Huh? I think you've hurt their feelings. :(
Oh, Halloween's there. The decorations are already going up for sale. Went to two malls a few weeks ago, each with a with Yankee Candle Company. YCC is advertising a set called "The Spooky Bunch" or something like that. Complete with window photos in a 3x3 grid. Same font as the "The Brady Bunch". Somebody kill me now. You don't even have to wait until I'm asleep. I'm ready to feel Death's sweet kiss.

Didn't help they were advertising DVDs earlier this year as "...THE PERFECT EASTER GIFT..." Dude, there is a historical reason behind the gift giving at Christmas. Don't let a marketing department try to create one for Easter.

Unique
08-27-2008, 06:05 PM
Dear Friends and Family -

Please don't send any thing for Christmas. Do not buy any thing.
Homemade cookies are acceptable if you feel you must indulge.

I am currently getting rid of things. No more things.
Comestibles are always welcome - they don't linger.

Sincerely,

The Cat Herd
>''<

P.S. Jaycinth - the cookies last year were wonderful - as always. ;)
Maybe this year I can get some up to you - if the cows don't run dry.

CaroGirl
08-27-2008, 06:10 PM
Each year I make a solemn promise to myself never to go into a mall in December. I almost always manage it too. Better get started!

I loves Christmas.

sassandgroove
08-27-2008, 06:40 PM
It's ok among friends, Sassy, but I think it should be a capital offense for retailers to mention Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. :tongue
Oh- I whole heartedly agree.



(Hey, Sass. Didn't you bring this up last year? And the year before that? And the year before that? :ROFL: Only kidding.)Yes. Yes I did. (Actually I did last year. I think Billy Thrillydid the year before. He wanted to be the first to wish us a Merry Christmas.)


It's not even Labor Day and you're talking about Christmas. That's just so ... so ... WRONG. :(

What about all the poor neglected holidays between now and then? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, et. al. What about them? Huh? I think you've hurt their feelings. :(See above. I am not trying to over shadow those. I love Halloween and Thanksgiving. BUt they aren't going to set me back financially. I was thinking, I get these catalogs and see things and think, 'oh so and so would like that...' then I had a revelation. Why not start ordering things as I see them? Then I won't get slammed financially in Decemeber, and I won't forget what gift I saw for whom. Mainly I don't want to get slammed financially. And I want stress free Christmas. I figure if I am stressed I am missing the point.


Each year I make a solemn promise to myself never to go into a mall in December. I almost always manage it too. Better get started!

I loves Christmas.
:) For me it isn't so much avoiding the mall. I worry and fret and try to please everyone. So I figure I need to A) decide what really matters and B) plan ahead so that I can enjoy Christmas, because I do love it.

Stew21
08-27-2008, 07:11 PM
This really isn't even a little bit funny. This is giving me stomach knots. Seriously.

I don't want to put people on ignore, but can I put a thread on ignore? Just the title hurts me.

Goes to bury head in the sand at the poetry forum.


I'll come back out on December 26th.

Don
08-27-2008, 09:46 PM
Dear Friends and Family -

Please don't send any thing for Christmas. Do not buy any thing.
Homemade cookies are acceptable if you feel you must indulge.

I am currently getting rid of things. No more things.
Comestibles are always welcome - they don't linger.

One of the absolutely best things about living in an RV and traveling is that family and friends know better than to give us some useless knick-knack. If we can't eat it or drink it or otherwise use it up, it probably won't make it past the front door.

That said, my mom crocheted an afghan in the perfect colors last year. We certainly had no problem finding room for that. :)

MattW
08-28-2008, 12:02 AM
Give cash or foodstuffs. In all else, I doubt the accuracy of your estimates of my tastes.

Also, gift oneupsmanship has been declared illegal in 32 states, and hurt feelings over non-reciprocal gift valuation is a felony everywhere except RI.

Shadow_Ferret
08-28-2008, 12:35 AM
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Cripes, no! This year is going by too quickly as it is! Must you hurry it? We had the longest, gawdawful winter and only had 1 month of summer! That's it! I simply can not accept that the year is almost over.

I can not.