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Chutz
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
This might light a fire under some folks for even mentioning it but...I was at Costco last Wednesday (in Washington state where it all began) and I saw Christmas papers and ribbons out for sale! The middle of August and already they are pushing. As the 'back to school' items sell the Christmas things come in their place.

I know most of us don't want to even think of the holidays yet but I thought I'd bring it up because of what I saw. I try to get things done early but the past couple of years I just can't seem to keep up and am doing some last minute things...which I truly detest! So my question for you today is... For the holidays, are you a last-minute shopper or do you shop well ahead of time?

I make PJ bottoms for all of the boys (grandsons) and often fun pillowcases for each of them. They just love it! They are all into Playstation stuff and computers so I was a bit hesitant when I started making soft, cuddly PJ's for them but they loved the flannel and the fact that I use fun fabric that has 'cool' things on it. I used sports theme for one, music for another and this year I'll be making some for the little ones with tractor themes. It's nice when they still love homemade things.

So are you someone who plans for the holidays well in advance or are you the last minute type?
Chutz smilewinkgrin
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Jim1969
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   Posted 8/24/2010 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I like to get the Holiday shopping done early, by the first of December at the latest. This usually isn't too hard to do since we only have 2 kids to buy for. (Our son and 1 niece.)

We actually start shopping for our niece's Christmas during the summer while we are going to rummage sales. She loves clothes, but she is not so ticky that she insists on new ones...just ones she thinks are cool, and we can often find some really nice stuff for her. We also get her something really "cool" each year. Once year it was an MP3 player, last year we gave her a daybed which she had been wanting for a long time.
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Áthas
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   Posted 8/24/2010 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to be someone who left it to the last minute, but now I start earlier every year, especially since I now have to do the shopping for my bf's family as well (he does help me, though). And since I spend Christmas with my bf's family in England, I have to send the presents for my family to them early, so I can't leave it to the last minute anymore. Besides, I like to be organized.

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually have my shopping done by August! I start in January after noting that this one said they loved something the other got and such and such. This year I wanted to do jewelry for my girls. Between my girls (4) and my daughter-in-love, that makes 5 gifts for girls and I love that. The boys (2) are so difficult to buy for and don't even get me started on the grandchildren (5)! It's so difficult! I am going to stretch it out a bit this year due to surgery and PT and doctor appointments! Plus I do the majority of shopping from my bed with my computer in my lap as I am right now. I love the holidays and each year it's getting more difficult to put the tree up and do all the decorating I like to do. Anyway, Merry Christmas!!! LOL!!
Stac
DX’d-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, DDD, Diabetes Type II, Migraines, Chronic Muscle Spasms, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC, Hypothyroidism, Bipolar Disorder, Fibromyalgia. Emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06. Frozen Shoulder and Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder. Surgery for shoulder recently, now in Physical Therapy.

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I do a little of both. Any thing that catches my eye during the year that screams out to me that a certain person would love it comes home with me. Then all summer long I can pie fillings, jams, syrups, and fresh fruits to give as presents as well. My fiance's family is easy, since his sister and brother usually go together with us to get his mother something special. His father loves food and is diabetic, so I prepare jams and pie fillings for him that are sugar free. My family is another story. I have two boys, who are difficult to buy for, and a fiance that is pleased with anything, so finding that special thing for them can end up a last minute search. I cant complain though, because I make every family christmas cookies and a pie. No one seems to mind homemade gifts. Even my nieces love the crocheted bags, scarves and slippers I make them and stuff with girly items.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw


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MsBunky
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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning everyone,

For the most part, I shop throughout the year to buy gifts for people, so there's very little "last minute" for me. We don't entertain a lot but we will have a couple of larger family dinners around Thanksgiving/Christmas, but Hubby generally takes care of the cooking, so I can just rest and relax.

My biggest issue is when to put up/bring down the tree and ornaments. We just have a small artificial tree so it doesn't take long to decorate, and I have places for all my other decor (candles, lamps, candy dishes, etc), so it's usually done quickly.

Pam
DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

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White Beard
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   Posted 8/24/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
The biggest problem I have with doing my Christmas Shopping early, is I forget about the gifts that I brought, and where I stashed them away at.  So then at Christmas I  often rebuy  the gifts, and then maybe about June or July after that Christmas, when  I am looking for something and I come across those gifts that I had gotten the year before and could not find or had forgotten about! I have done that more than once in my life time so far! So I usually don't do my shopping that early any more. Anyway there is something festive, and Christmassy about shopping at Christmas time, all the people, and the lights  and decorations, and the christmas music playing in the stores. It gets me in the spirit of the season! Sure it is a hassle, but for me that is all part of it! Yes I often hurt and have to stop early or just go and sit on the benches to rest a bit! But that is OK too!  It just makes the gifts I brought a little more meaning full,  if not for the receiver, then just for the inner me! Does that make sense?  I mean when you buy a special giftf for a special person, ( grandchild, son, daughter, spouse, or special friend or who ever)  don't you go to greater lengths to get them their gift?  and you really don't mind or think about what your having to do ( searching all the stores, making several trips, what ever it is that you have to do) you just do what ever you  do,  to get that person that one and only special gift that can only come from you! I might be odd or different, but I like shopping, even if it kills me doing it!  ( and it often feels like it does!)   
 
Merry Christmas Chutzie and everybody! Ho Ho  Ho! smilewinkgrin
 
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Chartreux
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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I try to plan ahead early and think things through, and wait to buy
things until November...and I'll get my list started soon...WhiteBeard
Make a list and cross off what you got and put a clue next to the
crossed off as to where you hid it, that might help, just don't lose
the list or maybe make a copy of it...
HUGZ to all...
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straydog
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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I always want to start early but it never happens, lol. I end up out there at the last minute buying usually the gift cards last for the ones that request those, I have quite a few to buy for and it gets more expensive each year it seems like. Since its just the two of us at home, no one ever uses the upstairs bathroom tub so that is my hiding place behind the shower curtain. White Beard if you read this and have two bathroom this is a great hiding place. I was horrible at hiding the gifts and forgetting where I put them. I usually get help from my girls with the shopping since walking is a real problem for me. My DIL is a shopper and I can give her my debit card and list and away she goes, lol. I am very lucky there. My specialty is the wrapping of the gifts, I like to make my own bows and decorate the packages.

Susie

mama6
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   Posted 8/24/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
smilewinkgrin   smilewinkgrin ,
Ok I just have to say I love, love, love Christmas. My employees say I make them sick. My oldest daughter and I make them fudge and cookies, and my youngest son and daughter help me make them stockings with there names and then stuff them full of new ornaments,pot holders, etc. We usually buy one of there closes grandkids a present or gift card. I buy a huge box of candy for the teachers, and cupcakes for all the support staff. Secretaries get vases with fresh Christmas flowers and an ornament. The principal get whatever new ornament and stocking that is neat and speaks to me. Uh, yeah I'm bad I guess. My husband and I load up the kids the day after Thanksgiving, go buy them hot cocoa, turn on the Christmas radio station..it starts in October ya know? hehe..we drive just outside of Indy to a tree farm , and get our tree. It goes up that night and we spend the next day baking and decorating the tree. Then that Saturday or Sunday all the yard Decorations comes out and 5-6 hours later I have my Christmas wonderland. Then I really start present buying!!
 
Last year I wasn't that good because my pain levels were so bad I had a hard time with all of it. It is usually my norm though. I buy 3-4 days after christmas for the next year. I have had the new stocking, x-mas shirts, some stocking stuffers since Dec. 28th of last year so I guess I go a little early. With 5 kids and everyone else I have to start early or I couldn't do it all. I have 5 nieces and 1 nephew as well so I have to get family board games and make cookies and such for all of them.
 
See you started something with me..ok I'm done. Thank you, I am so excited now!!! Heather
Big Hugs, Mama6

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skeye
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   Posted 8/24/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Holidays! Eek! I just saw Halloween candy in the grocery store & I thought that they were pushing it, but Christmas!? Wow! I can't think about that yet.

Usually I don't even start thinking about my Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving. I've been really bad the past few years & have resorted to shopping just a few days before Christmas (but in my defense, I was in school/taking exams until around December 22nd). Hopefully I'll be better this year. I like to get my shopping done by about the second week in December.

Skeye

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
So are you someone who plans for the holidays well in advance or are you the last minute type?
   Dear Chutz,
 
     For the holidays, I have to begin early. I start the day after Halloween. 3 to 4 days per week through November. Sometimes up to 10hrs per day. I make truffles in all types of chocolates and flavors, White chocolate candy canes, Butterscotch fudge, Mint crisps, "theme" lollipops (santas, deer, snowmen, elves), "gift" chocolates of dark chocolate with toffee & coffee filling.
 
     Once I have made so much chocolate my ears explode... I begin wrapping them all while they are frozen. The wrapping is the hardest part. Each container has to be done quickly and placed back into the freezer. Foils in all colors then half pound of each foiled candies put in brightly colored or clear bags and wrapped one last time with ribbon. So, you have to be quick and have to rinse your hands every 4th and 5th during the foil wrapp stage. It wont do any good to be sloppy after so much work was already put into them! Then get through the last packaging stage quickly to get them back in the freezer asap!
 
    Then I being delivery the first of December. I deliver over 2 to 3 weeks time. Each week is about 20+ "gift baskets" delivered. Each basket has half pound bags of each type of treat. Unless it is one of the larger family bags, then they get a few extra pounds of lollipops and candied candy canes. The smaller bags are for neighbors and "co worker" "school" "group" bags and have a "taste variety" bag. those are much smaller. I try very hard to make everything just right, even the smaller bags. After so much love and care making sure the little confetti trees and sparkling wrapp and tiny hand done cards are perfect! I like to have the last delivery done a little over a week before christmas day.
 
   I love smiles and oh so thankful hugs. It feels so good. You can always tell when they have tried something new, I get excited messages on my voice mail right after they eat one! So, to answer your question.. I plan in advance! Waaay in advance! This year? I have a new recipe for "buckeye balls" and "tiger butter candy bars" that I will add to the mix :-)
 
 *hugg*
   dani
 
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And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
 
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