I probably shouldn’t post something like this, but the reality is that I hate to shop for Christmas. It’s a fun holiday and the implications of what the incarnation actually mean for us are vital to the Christian walk. But shopping for Christmas??? I see nothing in Scripture to support such an activity… yet, here we are. So without further adieu…, from the Department of Bah-humbug… I give you my Top 10 reasons I hate shopping for Christmas.
- I can’t stand the thought of getting the wrong gift and wasting money.
- I can’t stand the thought of having the “right” gift sell out moments before I arrive on the scene.
- I can’t stand wondering if I have spent enough on those I love.
- I can’t stand the nervous feeling in my stomach that makes me want to throw up while doing all this shopping.
- I can’t stand wondering if I have enough money to make this happen, and worse, the feeling of helplessness when for some odd reason, my ATM card doesn’t work. Yes, it happened. No, my account wasn’t empty. Not sure why.
- I can’t stand having to wrap those gifts which I do purchase.
- I can’t stand knowing that a lot of the gifts I buy this year… are some future garage sale bargain… or worse… fodder for the dumpster.
- I can’t stand the crowds, malls, parking lots or traffic associated with it all.
- I can’t stand not finding those things which I know I need to buy for my loved ones.
- I can’t stand spending x amount of dollars, knowing that we will be tight financially because of it.
- UPDATE: BEING SO WORRIED ABOUT GETTING THAT RIGHT TOY, THAT I FAIL TO NOTICE THE WORDS “Includes 375 Parts!” My goodness, what was I thinking? Every toy I get the boys that has more than 3 parts ends up being… scattered hither and fro for the next umpteen years. I bought the boys a marble maze from Sam’s Club and the next thing I’m going to buy is some Gorilla Glue, and glue it all together, so the 375 parts become ONE!
OK, I know that all sounds negative, but that is how I feel about Christmas shopping.