A Christmas Chore?

“Christmas is a magical time of year… I just watch all my money magically disappear.” – Author Unknown.

The midweek word prompt over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Christmas. And with  a mere 34 shopping days to go, GC asks about our Christmas shopping habits.

Ready to begin shopping 2Buying gifts months in advance is not for me, and neither do I visit the Sales with Christmas in mind, in fact, it’s rare for me to visit the Sales at all, and I try not to think about Christmas until the middle of November.

Roundabout now is the time when I usually buy my Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift tags. Then I ask my family if they have any Christmas gifts in mind, and my  Christmas shopping  list begins. Generally, unless I need to physically see and touch something, online shopping is my preferred choice. That said, I do enjoy visiting the medieval city of York at Christmastime. No shopping malls within the city walls, just ancient streets with quaint shops, street markets and an atmosphere at Christmas that is not to be missed.

I used to Christmas shop with my mum. We had a good routine, arriving in the city retail area as soon as the stores opened their doors, and armed with our lists we would purchase most of our gifts. Our morning shopping spree was followed by our treat of Christmas lunch, accompanied by a sweet sherry for Mum and a glass of orange for me. After lunch Mum would take all the shopping home in a taxi while I finished off the last bits. I miss my mum.

This year I’ve decided not to send Christmas cards, though I will continue to send to couple of very special people I no longer see.

I feel miserly about sending out so few cards, have I turned into Mrs Scrooge? Writing cards is such a chore, and yet I send cards to people I no longer even think about.

I subscribe to an online greetings card service I could extend my mailing list. or, maybe I could record a Christmas message, you know like the queen, okay, perhaps not! 

© SueW-nansfarm.net  2019  Word Prompt Christmas from Weekly Prompts.

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23 thoughts on “A Christmas Chore?

  1. OH, Sue! I so enjoy reading about your Christmas memories, and “traditions”, especially related to shopping!
    In my family, we keep gift-buying simple for the adults and then go a little wild for the grandkids! 😉 😮 😀 HA! 🙂
    Aw 😦 on missing your Mum!
    Gosh…about 7 years ago, I let all of my family and friends know that I was no longer going to send Christmas cards and I let them know I would be giving the money I would’ve spent on cards, stamps, etc., to a charity…like The American Cancer Society. They were all fine with that idea. 🙂 The ones I see in person, during Christmas, I give them a Christmas card on their gift. 🙂
    OOH! After reading your post, I’m so excited…I can’t wait for the Christmas lights, music, family gatherings, ETC! I think I’ll go listen to some Holiday songs right now! 😉
    🎄 ⭐️ 🎄 ⭐️ 🎄 ⭐️ 🎄
    PS…Ha on the quote!!!

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    1. I just love quotes! I’m happy to make a charitable donation instead. I love Christmas morning the best, we still open our presents in same room (now Victoria’s lounge) Joshua stays over and we all open our gifts in our PJs. Then church, followed by Christmas lunch with all my kids and grandkids at Victoria’s side. Best day of the year! Thank you Carolyn 🙂

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      1. Best day, indeed! 🙂 I get excited just thinking about! A day of love and sharing and making precious memories with your precious family, Sue! 🙂
        When my kid’s were growing up they got new PJ’s on Christmas Eve to wear to bed…and to be seen in and photographed in on Christmas morn. 🙂 Now we do that for their little ones! 🙂

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  2. I’m a last minute person myself. I enjoy the visual aspect of Christmas and the get togethers it can provide, but the buying of presents and writing cards, I find a proper chore.

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    1. I’m with you all the way. my mum used to come over and wrap all my presents, all I had to do was write the labels! I still dislike wapping! Thank you Trev. 🙂

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      1. Living in Wales as we do, some of the towns have long names like, Llandrindod Wells! Imagine all your family living there and you have to write the address on every envelope at Christmas! No thanks 😃

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      2. Haha, that would be hard work. My addresses are on a spread sheet and print out onto labels. It was a chore doing the initial spread sheet but saved time in subsequent years!

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  3. Murphy's Law

    I only send out a few Christmas cards now. Most people I know don’t send any at all, and have discontinued sending cards for any occasion. 😳 Hallmark is losing the battle with the Internet.

    I enjoyed reading about your family traditions, particularly with your mom. Those are bittersweet memories I’m sure, but nevertheless wonderful to have.

    I love your quote. We can all laugh while we relate to it! Gift giving is at a minimum now, and I miss wrapping all those packages. I’m the oddball….. I love wrapping gifts!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Gerry told me the same thing about Canada, few people send cards. Most people I know still do, so I could be in the minority here.

      I don’t enjoy wrapping but I do enjoy opening the door on Christmas morning and seeing all the gifts piled into the Christmas sacks.

      Mum and Dad only lived a ten minute drive away but they always stayed with us at Christmas. My mum and my husband sent me off to bed on Christmas Eve, while they filled everyone’s sacks, they loved doing that, for me though it was the magic of Christmas morning that got to me and still is.
      Thank you, Ginger 🙂


  4. When my kids were small, I would pick up things throughout the year so that by the time Christmas rolled around, I was pretty well shopped. Now, we just exchange a few gifts–we mostly have things we need/want and I don’t like ‘stuff’ just for the sake of giving. I’ve not sent out Christmas cards for years now. Postage got too slow and too expensive!

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    1. Hearing you and other friends from across the pond say they don’t send cards makes me feel so much better about my decision. My eldest, Victoria now tells me not to buy for them, she says, save your money we don’t need anything, makes me feel bad though.
      Thank you Lois 🙂

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  5. gc

    Great article Susan. The holiday season does become a chore when you have to (1) go shopping in wintry weather (2) battle the crowds of last minute shoppers (3) find out what everyone wants for Christmas (4) find appropriate Xmas cards that everyone will enjoy and not find offensive (5) keep your address book up to date so that your well intended card will go to the correct recipient (6) make sure that you have enough tape, wrapping paper and ribbons and bows and finally (7) make sure you can find the money and the energy to undertake the Xmas challenge. Other that life is good. 🙂

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