It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Christmas?

Christmas shoppingI made a Wal-Mart run over the weekend and there it was. The Christmas display where the outdoor furniture used to be. Pre-lit trees and inflatable lawn . . . um . . . ornaments. Ack.

I’m one of those folks who really, really wishes we could wait until December to start putting out Christmas. Shoot, I’d probably settle for waiting until the Halloween candy goes on clearance, but this is retail in America and I feel pretty certain I’m not going to change it.

But seeing those white, flocked trees did make me think about my Christmas list. And while I’m all for saving the decor for December, I do often start shopping in June or July. It’s genetic. Blame my mother. This year I’m behind. I only had one gift purchased as the calendar turned to October.

So, while looking for my baby brother’s birthday present, I got started. I LOVE buying people presents. We do stay within bounds–we rarely do anything over the top–but starting early means I can give thoughtful gifts. And it means I can shop around for a deal! Because what’s better than getting someone something they really like and getting it for a steal?

Now, I know Christmas isn’t about presents. It’s about Jesus coming into the world and saving us all (if only we’ll let Him!).  But showing people we care about them by getting the perfect gift, well, that can be a whole lot of fun. And I like presents almost as much as I like cake.

So now I have three folks on my list done and two more halfway there. (I keep a spreadsheet–I can tell you what we gave my mother-in-law six years ago. It makes me happy and keeps me on track spending-wise.) Over the coming weeks I’ll have the pleasure of thinking about the people on my list–parents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, good friends–as I keep an eye out for the perfect gift.

Christmas shopping can be stressful–or it can be a time to focus on important people in our lives. I say shop early and enjoy. And buy books. Books are always good gifts.

So how about you? Have you started shopping yet?

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

6 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Christmas?

  1. I love the Christmas season. And I must confess…I’ve already turned on the carols a time or two. I used to shop early, but now with three little ones, I never seem to do it so well. Though the last few years we’ve had fun making homemade gifts to give. Just this week we made and canned apple butter and I’m hoping to give some away for Christmas 🙂 Thank you so much for dropping by my blog this week, Sarah. It’s been a pleasure meeting you and learning more about you!

    1. Oh! Apple butter! One year we borrowed Aunt Bess’ big copper kettle and stirred and stirred and stirred over an outdoor fire. The secret to good apple butter, in my opinion, is oil of cinnamon. What a lovely gift–I’d much rather get something homemade . . .

  2. You know that I’m all for handmade or “old” don’t you Sarah? I have to admit I haven’t even started yet! I did not inherit the genes your Mom did.

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