As you may or may not know I am not a fan of the December celebration, but for the sake of family harmony I go along with it. When I say family harmony what I mean is upsetting-my-brother-and-his-girlfriend-by-telling-them-we're-not-buying-them-a-present-this-year-and-it's-fine-for-them-to-invite-themselves-here-for-NYE-but-I'm-not-booking-anything.
Dan took yesterday off so we could go gift shopping. It seems a bit extreme to take a day off for this but it means we're not taking up a weekend with it. We wanted to go to Shrewsbury but the weather forecast was not too good so we stayed closer to home. We stopped off in Preston first, where we did a trolley dash around Tiger, then headed to Lancaster for coffee, treats (for us) from Single Step and a second trolley dash around TK Maxx. It went very well. We have virtually everything and furthermore we wrapped it when we got home.
Power shopping like that works for me/us. I have spent years trying to be thoughtful but I've learned it's really not worth it, so people get what they get and if they don't like it then it's just tough. I told everyone years ago I would rather donate the money to charity, it caused a huge amount of unhappiness so I backtracked, now people can reap what they have sown.
Now, thankfully, I can stop thinking about the whole thing for the next three weeks.