For some reason this year more than ever I have heard and seen (on facebook or other sites) people complaining about Christmas. It starts too early, you can't wrap presents or shop before Dec 1, the music is driving them mad...
I know. It's weird, but I'm feeling the opposite way this year. I'm enjoying the music and decorations more than I usually do at this point.
Ok I too hate to see Christmas decorations in Costco in Aug and Crafts in Michaels in July, but it's not THAT bad. And I do find most stores *try* and wait until after Halloween.
I don't mind the crafts stuff in July. Some crafts are really time consuming and a person would want to start them early.
I get the people who say that Christmas decor shouldn't get up until after Rememberance/Veterns day, but I don't believe that the two are in any way similar. People decorate for Halloween, they decorate for Christmas, decor has nothing do to do with remembering and honoring... But to each their own.
But my issue is that I shop early. I start in September and I aim to be done all the relative and kid shopping by Dec 1. It's not much but it still adds up. In December I like to focus on wrapping, holiday parties, last minute forgot about gifts and gifts for my husband and the stockings for our family. I hate to be stressed out, I enjoy shopping and picking out/making meaningful gifts for our family and trying to surprise my "doesn't care about stuff but loves really cool surprises" husband.
So to me it's also annoying when people say "Shopping now, you are crazy/too organized/too early" or whatever... I realize it there's issue but usually it's not that bad. This year though? It seems to be HORRIBLE!
Too me shopping early is a frugal and budgeting thing to do. I can buy gifts spread out over a handful of paycheques and not have that "dreaded Christmas credit card" bill everyone else complains about in Jan.
I agree. I'm not as organized as I used to be, but I always aimed to finish in October, if possible. I almost never managed that, but I did finish earlier than most people I knew. It's been a while, though. I don't seem to be that on the ball these days.
Ok end of my rant tangent to your rant it's their issue for whatever reason. I'm going to enjoy getting and giving gifts to our family (which is my favorite part of christmas) and my husband will enjoy his decorations (his favorite part) and hopefully it'll be as stress free as possible considering the Inlaws are coming and staying for Christmas... I think it's time to hop over to THAT thread
Gifts aren't my favourite part of Christmas (that would be either the baking or the lights/decorations everywhere, I think), but I love them. I especially love watching people open their gifts from me.