Your first Christmas present is bought in October. You are super organised. No one else has your organisation skills. You’re on top of everything. You got this. You’re practically Santa Clause. Everyone’s jealous when you tell them and they disguise it by reminding you that it’s ‘only October!’
- FESTIVE JOY
November is here. The shops are decorative, the festive tunes are blasting. Shopping is incredibly enjoyable. You can Christmas browse forever. You’ve got plenty of time to buy things…
- WISH LIST
You make a mental list of all the things you see and dream of receiving for Christmas. (Though when people ask you what you want, you’ll tell them that you don’t want anything). Maybe you even buy something for yourself, but it’s Christmas, TREAT YOURSELF! Still not got a clue what to buy anyone else though…
You do a ‘preliminary’ browse of each shop and end up buying a decoration for your tree, which you totally didn’t need to get. Time for a lunch break, I mean you absolutely deserve it after all that shopping…
It’s too cold to go out. Hibernation kicks in. Cup of tea in hand and you can shop from the comfort of your bed, whilst watching ‘The Grinch’. You’re so dedicated doing online research and getting ideas on what to buy/where to get the best deals. Your Christmas list is being sorted and you’ll be so prepared when it comes to purchasing.
It’s December. You’ve bought 2 presents. You have no time to go shopping. You have no
idea what anyone wants for Christmas, except yourself.
You immediately regret going shopping on a Saturday. The shops have their heating on and you use most of your energy on removing layers rather than buying presents. Buble is drowned out by the sound of screaming toddlers. Why is this queue so long? WHY IS THERE NOTHING I NEED IN THE SHOPS! I can’t afford that! SOLD OUT! What do I get them? Too…many…people.
Last minute online purchases in desperation. You take the plunge and click ‘buy’. Will it arrive on time? You eagerly anticipate the arrival of the postman each morning, each day it doesn’t arrive you start planning what you can get instead, whilst rocking back and forth and reminding yourself to breathe.
From worrier to ‘warrior’. You put on your war paint, wake up early and brave one last-minute shop. You know what you need. Get in, get on with it, and get out. Ready…set… go. You’re unstoppable.
- A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
Just as you’re praying for all those things you ordered to arrive. A knock at the door, or the door bell rings. They’re here!
- WHEN DID I BUY ALL OF THIS?
You lay out all of the presents ready to wrap and question where it all came from. You shed a tear for your bank balance and hope that your family and friends like one of the multiple things you somehow purchased.
You accept the fact that it’s Christmas Eve and it’s too late to get anything else. You pray that your family and friends will get distracted by the turkey if they don’t like your gifts and rehearse the line ‘it’s the thought that counts’… and smile – because it’s Christmas tomorrow.
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