A friend recently mentioned she was trying to buy local as much as possible this holiday season. I kind of felt bad reading that because I’m one of those people who hates shopping. I take the easy way out and do it all online.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the tradition of being able to buy gifts for those I care about, I just hate shopping. I hate the fluorescent lights, the sounds, the smells, screaming children, bustling crowds, ringing bells, Christmas music, long lines, and body filled stores. There’s something revolting about shopping. I just hate it. I always have.
Nowadays I do it all online. I can be in and out in minutes, I don’t have to drive anywhere or put up with crowds or screaming kids. No faux Xmas for me. Nope. I can sit in my comfy chair with a cup of eggnog, in the silence of home, surrounded by the scent of a pine scented Glade Plug-In (as opposed to getting a sinus migraine from being around bodies bathed in heavily scented perfumes) and enjoy my brief, annual tradition of yuletide gift giving.
It is all neatly delivered to my office, I load it into the car, unload it at home, and then spend 1-2 nights wrapping everything. Done. No slogging about in inclement weather. No driving around and around looking for a parking space. No running from store to store to find that perfect something. ::sigh:: I can’t say I miss the good old days where I had no choice but to spend weeks going to mall after mall and store after store to find what I was looking for.
Instead, I can concentrate on making cookies, watching holiday films, and spending time with loved ones. It certainly makes for a happier holiday for me. But at what cost? Does me not participating in the chaos ensure thousands of mom-and-pop local stores go out of business? Does it mean more vehicles pollute the air to ship things to me from other states?
Perhaps. I think it’s worth it to enjoy solstice bliss, and perhaps that’s selfish of me.
How do you do your holiday shopping every year?