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When do you start your holiday shopping?

Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. on November 25, 2005

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“I do mine throughout the year. That way I make sure I get it all done and I don’t have to spend all the money at once.”

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“Usually after Thanksgiving. I’m going to do a lot of shopping tomorrow. I try to get it done well before Christmas.”

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“I pretty much buy all of mine at the very last minute.”

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“As soon as I know what they want. I’ve got two out of seven so far.”

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Sigmund 12 years, 5 months ago

I don't do "Holiday Shopping". However, I do "Christmas Shopping" usually Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas.

Jclarkson 12 years, 5 months ago

my family has told me once again not to go overboard with shopping. Im not about to arrive at 6:30 in the morning or whenever to shop tomorrow for presents.

I dont know what it is, but I cannot stand Christmas because of this. I hate the fact that Christmas is so commercial I need to show up the day after Thanksgiving to buy presents. Whatever I get for Christmas, if anything, will be sufficent. Same will be for anyone else in my family.

For my stepmother, I may try to get a framed picture of her and I, to further remind her of how much she means to me. I dont need to buy a gift tomorrow, next week or any other day to show her how much I care about her.

Thinking about "black friday" and other holiday shopping deals makes me want to spend a christmas with my family where we dont buy gifts for anyone at all....I would love to wake up whenever....then go over and share a good meal together...We can share a meal conversing with each other, counting our blessings and remembering our loved ones who have passed this year and sharing our good memories.

jonas 12 years, 5 months ago

I don't allow myself to think about christmas shopping until after Turkey-Day, but I won't buy anything this weekend. Have to elbow people out of the way!

b_asinbeer 12 years, 5 months ago

Wow...not asked on Mass Street! That's a surprise.

jonas 12 years, 5 months ago

By the way, has anyone accidentally swallowed a bay leaf? I think I did at dinner, but don't have any sensations to compare it to.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 5 months ago

HATE Christmas shopping. I make lots of gifts. I try to keep things low key. Hate the fact that commercialization has overrun Christmas. My family will get together, have a great meal, lots of laughs, and this year we will exchange "gag" gifts. (The little ones will still get something they deem worthy). Did I mention I HATE Christmas shopping?

I actually do take my girls shopping for an "adopted family" and they really enjoy this. Last year, one of my daughters went over budget on her "adopted boy" and she dove into her own piggy bank to get him something really cool. (I teared up in the store...I was so proud of her.)

BunE 12 years, 5 months ago

I will wait until the day before the "holiday" then I will buy myself something cool and tell my giftees tough luck. Christmas is for suckers!


WWBJD? Cry, sleep, poo. Stuff like that.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

With no kids of my own, holiday shopping is easy. We decide what we are getting as a couple -- usually something for the house, like a work of art or some such thing. Then we add a little something personal, but nothing too expensive. Since I am part of a large family, instead of buying gifts for everyone we draw names and have a $50 limit. It usually works out well and doesn't break the bank. I try to get it done with a couple of weeks to spare. For those few extras I need to give a gift, I usually will make something -- jar of homemade salsa, for instance. I also give necessary items to families in need, and usually spend more on them than on my own.

I hate shopping, I hate going to a mall, I hate the crowds of people buying things others don't need with money they don't have for people who won't appreciate what they are given.

I much prefer to keep it simple and to never go into debt for Christmas -- that just makes no fiscal sense, even if it does mean the terrorists win.

Looks like it is going to be a rather lonely day on the LJW post today.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

ZZZ... shop when convenient, do most online now.

better OTS question for today:

if every commercial on television had a "suggest removal" button on it, which ones would you hit for, local, and national.
mine: local: "wingding performance" [automotive] with the wheenie doing stupid voices!

nationally" the "gorgeous" ad.

"no, I won't need my six-guns in heaven -- 'cuz there won't be no rustlers up there." old cowboy song.

ms_canada 12 years, 5 months ago

We are not big gift givers in my family. Christmas is more about celebrating the birth of our Saviour and being with family.

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

The vast majority of my friends and family do Amazon wish lists. For a few of them (the family I'm not close to, the friends in other countries), I surf through the list, pick out something, and either have it shipped to me so I can wrap it and include a handwritten holiday note, or simply have wrapped and shipped, and send them a separate card (having things shipped overseas from Amazon is much cheaper and easier than packing them myself and shipping them, because I invariably fill out the customs info incorrectly and the gift gets lost).

For close friends, my significant other, and immediate family, I surf through the lists and write down tastes, sizes, and preferences, and then go shopping locally for things I feel suit the tastes and preferences, but are also usually crafted by local artisans and more unique and interesting. I used to do about 75% of my shopping on Mass St. Now I imagine most of my shopping will be at local Austin businesses, which are not concentrated as handily into a single shopping district, so I won't be able to do it in a single afternoon the weekend before Holiday (some of my friends celebrate Christmas, some celebrate Solstice), as I usually do.

In my family, we are less about Christmas than we are about Holiday. Holiday starts about a week before Christmas, with dinner parties and gatherings with various groups of families, and continues until the first week or so of January, when all the travelling is finally able to be completed and we've seen everyone. My parents are divorced and my sister lives in another state, and my extended family and groups of friends are scattered, so there end up being ten or fifteen smaller gatherings with cheer, gift exchange, and shared hospitality over the course of a few weeks.

My family was never really very religious. We'd go to Christmas Service at church sometimes, but more often our focus was on spending time with friends and family.

thunderbuns 12 years, 5 months ago

"Holiday" shopping?

Come on L J world!!!! You're not some government agency who has to be neutral about religion! It's CHRISTMAS!!! You know, the celebration of Jesus' birth. Remember??!!

Prediction: Some day a high profile democrat will propose dropping Christmas as a federally recognized holiday. A republican would never propose such a thing. My guess is it'll happen within the next 10 years.

Any bets?

(and, no, I haven't started my Christmas shopping.)

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

A little reminder to those who forget that the world doesn't revolve around them and their religion -- Not everyone celebrates Jesus's birth. Remember??!! For instance, ever heard of a little celebration called Hanukkah?

When approaching someone "on the street" why should the LJW assume everyone is Christian? Because it would make you happy? Get over yourself, already.

NEWS FLASH: Not all people are Christian. There are many ways to celebrate. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!

Oh, and I'll take that bet. President Clinton, Hillary that is, will not allow such a thing to happen!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

"president Hillary Clinton"
may God save us!

Condi for president, and U.S. Rep gene Schmidt for V.P. "cowards cut and run--Marines never do." best moment in the congress in years!

and, finish shopping? haven't the Finish suffered enough.

it is shopping for the officially recognized Christmas holiday. America was founded by mostly persons who wanted to freely practice their faith, Christmas included. Thanksgiving was proclaimed as an official time of national thanksgiving, to God...RE Lincoln's official statement.

now, Bea, go nuke the gay whales who carry guns and drive SUV's, okay.

memoirs_of_a_sleepwalker 12 years, 5 months ago

"Condi for Pres," and thus the end. Bring on the book of Revelations, you smart republicans!

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

bearded: the nukes have been disarmed, the whales are holding a gay pride/anti-NRA march, and all floats are being pulled by electric cars! Oh, and Hillary is the parade Queen!

And I would have guessed the best moment in congress from the past years was when our VP Darth, um, I mean, Dick dropped the f-bomb! Family values at their finest.

I think any ad that says "tell your doctor that you think (blank) is right for you" should be banned. Same with fast-food commercials that suggest it is "cool" to buy lunch using your credit card. The drugging and bloating of America must stop!

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

oops, wrong word. Not actually "banned," but the whole manure heaving thing instead.

thunderbuns 12 years, 5 months ago


FYI--- we give gifts at Christmas in similitude of those who gave gifts at the birth of Jesus. The Jewish people don't do that for Hannukkah. Christmas has been celebrated in this manner ever since Jesus' birth.

And apparently the world does revolve around Jesus. I mean, it is the year "2005". Since who? Answer: since Jesus. You may not care to remember Him, but He remembers you (and those of your ilk).

Must I always set you straight Bea! Geeezzzzz!

Just follow your heart. That's what I do.

Ceallach 12 years, 5 months ago

My holiday shopping is for Christmas. I seldom staart before the middle of December and usually finnish just before "C" day. I find my fellow procrastinators are a delightful group of people to be around while last minute shopping. (Drives my family nuts so that's good for a laugh or two : )

I find it incredibly sad that so much unkindness, from barbs to wars, has been waged using the name of our Prince of Peace. Some from His detractors and some from those who take His name.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

tb: "Just follow your heart. That's what I do." Same here. That is why I'm not into just making sure everyone sees things my way ... only. My heart tells me to not insult others needlessly by assuming they celebrate Christmas. Hence, Happy Holidays!! -- be it Christmas (what I call it by the way, which is out of habit, not faith), or Kwanza, or whatever! Happy Holidays to all, even to you, tb. (Is that straight enough for ya?)

ps: ever heard of the Chinese calendar? Not all are the same, or based on Christianity.

To others: not picking on Christianity, just pointing out why it is okay to say Happy Holidays. peace, bea

failed_ged 12 years, 5 months ago

I usually buy myself lots of cigerrettes and beer and spend the holidays smoking and drinking.

Ceallach 12 years, 5 months ago

With Christian friends I always wish them a Merry Christmas, to others I have no problem with wishing them Happy Holidays. I firmly believe in freedom OF religion. However, I strongly disagree with those desiring to make our country free FROM religion. The athiest I know could care less to whom or what other people pray. They realize that to demand a godless society is in fact demanding that everyone else adhere to their belief that there is no god.

Respecting the rights of others to believe in or celebrate in their own way is the key to peace. However, humans seem incapable of doing so, always striving to prove their way is the correct way.

As Christians we are not supposed to have a way we are supposed to follow His way and that never included ridiculing or debasing others.

G'baby is here, gonna go and have some fun! It's all good with her (she ALWAYS thinks I'm right : )

Here's wishing all y'all Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas :):)


bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

correction: should have read: US Rep. 'Jean' Schmidt (Ohio)

damned english with so many homophones...hayst makes waiste

[for the impaired, waiste and waste are homophones!]

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

Thanks Ceallach, my sentiments exactly!

and, TB, you suppose we should lock Bea in a room for twenty-four hours and make her watch only "a Christmas Carol" movie from 1938 (the good one!) for the entire time? maybe that could serve as her therapy.

being a devout Christian, i know that all but two of the authors of the Bible were Jews, and Jesus was a devout Jew. thus, it is essential in my Christian faith to bless Israel, after the Abrahamic blessing from God. "I will bless them that bless thee, and I will curse them that curse thee." so, the least I can do is respect the Jewish holidays as being equally valid to my own.

in pakistan, according to my dear girl who is like a daughter, they just celebrated nationally a major religious holiday, government sanctioned.

we are tired of the judicial tyrany, rule by minority, brought to us via the ACLU!

i say, Merry Christmas! and, if Christmas is not your observance, enjoy thoroughly your faith's celebration!

no xmas, please.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

38...very slow, and we had religion, politics, capitalism, even Marion?

glad to say, Santa, AKA "Clumsy Pants" made it to Weaver's, and then off via the fire department's ladder. the 10pm news story was done rather well, including Santa's "secret service elf."

how much ya' wanna bet tomorrow's OTS question will involve the football game?

answer: KU can win if it plays better than the Iowa 'clones.' so, save it and ask another question! like: does consciousness arise from the brain like strength from a muscle, or as information from a group of paralelled computers? there ya' go OTS. ask that one, say at 'Starbux?' hahahahaha

is caffeine appropriate to become a controlled substance? asked at the Senior Center...

since we're getting topeka's sewage and have to avoid river water contact, can we reverse the flow of the Kansas River to return it to Topeka? asked at ... City Hall; the water plant; the waste water plant intake...

KsTwister 12 years, 5 months ago

You don't have to avoid the river-the government owns all the land on either side and from Lawrence to DeSoto you can get to it anyway. Make ya wonder why the did it ???

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

KSTwister, I think we should reverse the flow of sewage and send it all back to topeka...maybe with interest!

lawrence Motto: "we don't take no shirt off of Topeka, unless its from the Statehouse!"

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