I always try and have everything set for the holidays a couple of days in advance. Today is my own personal cut off day for shopping until after December 27th. If I can avoid malls and shops for the next five days (or longer) I’ll be a happy man. It’s totally doable.
Gift purchases are long since done. 95% of them are even wrapped and ready for under the tree. This was mostly done by my wife this year since I took on my new role at work. A huge sigh of relief has come over me- knowing that I won’t need to hit a Walmart for that last minute gift. Today was just loading up on groceries from Costco for the next few days. Meat and cheeses were the main deals. Now it’s time to focus on baking a few batches of cookies over the next couple days.
Only once did I ever brave the mall on a Christmas Eve to do some shopping. I was 17 at the time and had just gotten paid. I called a female friend come with me as I searched for a gift for my parents. It was sort of date and magical in a sense. We shared stories of our Christmas traditions and childhood Christmases. We walked arm in arm through the stores as she helped me find something of value to gift my parents. I found a set of glassware that was in my budget and seemed like a responsible gift. I drove my friend home, gave her a hug and wished her a Merry Christmas.
At the time, I was too shy to make a romantic move on her. It just wasn’t meant to be. We are still online friends to this day and she has a wonderful family. I saw her last year in person at a Christmas craft fair and she still seems happy as ever. She has a spot in my heart with a special memory of Christmas Eve.