snapshots of an idle mind

December 21, 2006

attention christmas shoppers

Filed under: life,random,seasonal — sassinak @ 12:26 am


i will be shopping in the next few days.

my mission is simple, to get gifts for the people closest to me for whom i can afford gifts. the list starts at my sister and othercat and expands as funds are gained.

this works as long as i’m realistic about how much money i have.

but here’s the thing, people are so cranky when they’re out shopping, like it never even occured to them that the stores might just possibly maybe if you’re not paying attention kinda sorta like maybe BE FUCKING PACKED?!?!?!?!

nope, they’re mad they have to wait in line

mad that the dressing rooms have a lineup

annoyed by the mess on the bargain table

sighing lustily at the overstuffed lady in front of them (i refer to her excessive packages and nothing else)

wishing people who walked slowly were banned from malls

not enjoying the season for what it is.

i don’t care that it’s a ‘christian holiday’ because it’s also a pagan holiday and a turning of the earth and a time celebrated in many northern cultures long before christianity.

the world is turning and the sun is coming again! pool your resources and give gifts to your friends in joy and exultation.

feast on the last of the things that won’t keep well over winter and rich winter stores and preserves.

gorge and get fat on the last of the harvest times for the privation ahead.

it’s lovely.

how many times do we get to just flat out take time off and celebrate?

hug the people we love?

gather in groups of folks who love us with all of our flaws hanging out?

do nice things just because?

and that’s what’s missing in the christmas shopping frenzy.

i’m shopping too you know but i’m having a nice time and commisserating with the sales clerks and waiting in line while amusing the people around me.

and annoying some of them i’m sure.

but i’m actually happy to be there… i imagine the looks on people’s faces when they open whatever i’ve conjured up for them. i wonder if they’ll love it or not… i hope that it lives up to the hype and i just get happier and happier.

i don’t care if i get any presents at all.

okay that isn’t true exactly, i love getting presents, i love it like you can’t imagine. but i don’t care if i don’t get any, it really and truly does not matter to me.

i love giving stuff away. are you kidding? watching people get a kick out of presents is the best thing ever.

well it is.

but still, if you’re going shopping in the next few days? please remember, i’ll be there too and i don’t want your mood to step on my cheer.

seriously, don’t make me spike your eggnog.



  1. Hey, I’d like to see the look on your face when I give you a little gift.
    Give me a call when you get a chance!

    We are making stuff and going on a quiet little solstice walk in the woods. I have no idea yet how we will actually get to the woods or get DS through the wooded path carrying his lantern, but somehow, it will happen.

    I love making presents at this time of year. DS made lanterns for everyone in our family and we’ll all be on the walk. It was fairly quiet at the lantern making workshop because everyone else was out shopping. Go figure!

    Comment by clarity — December 21, 2006 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  2. Dude, i shopped for everyone in one day. I am exhausted, though.


    Comment by Natalia — December 21, 2006 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  3. Personally, I think giving someone an orgasm is even better than giving someone a gift, though some would argue that it’s just another kind of gift.

    Comment by Jim McKee — December 21, 2006 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  4. Christmas shopping is a fuckin nightmare sometimes…but oh so fun! I smile at people as they are rushing by with scowls on their faces…makes em madder :)
    I got my chrissie pressie early this year. A new man….

    Comment by debambam — December 22, 2006 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  5. 1. Spiked eggnog is the ONLY way to go!

    2. There are few things in life better than watching someone open a gift that you purchased or prepared for them, and know in that instant that you did good!

    3. There’s something really fun about last-minute shopping. I mean it’s fun for me because I’m usually more or less done shopping and now it’s just picking up more stuff, just for fun. I always feel bad for those people who are obviously in complete stress mode. That’s just not what it’s about.

    4. This is the loveliest season of all. Even if I don’t get to bundle up and get rosy cheeks from the cold. Yay Christmas!

    Comment by Jmai — December 22, 2006 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  6. Hope you get what you want, need, desire, or just think looks cool this holiday season. Awwww….fork that, I hope you get what you want all the time. Why limit it to the holidays?

    Comment by Tom Allred — December 22, 2006 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  7. This was the best Christmas ever for us and the fewest presents ever under the tree…taught me a lot.

    Comment by kathi — December 28, 2006 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  8. Hey. I did most of my shopping on line this year. I really hate the crowds but maybe I should take your suggestion and try to be the Merry One that’s out and about.

    I too love it when I have found the perfect gift. I would much rather give than receive, but when someone has found the perfect gift for me…well, there you have it.

    Comment by Gut Chick — December 29, 2006 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  9. I loved this post Sass. You explained the perspective on the season perfectly.

    As for shopping, I am one of those freaks who shops year round for all of the people I love. I currently have Valentine’s boxed and wrapped and waiting. Christmas was done in October and so on. When I see what I want to get, I get it then and let it wait. Yeah, I know, but I am also not wealthy or anything, I am more of an opportunist.

    I try to be sympathetic with cranky people but obnoxious people get no latitude from me at all. In fact I am usually aggressive with bullies and ignorance alike.

    You and I are alike in that we try to lighten people around us in that stressful environment of shopping or public craziness. Sometimes there is tremendous reward for just putting a smile on a stranger’s face.

    Happy New Year babe!

    Comment by pyrhonik — December 30, 2006 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  10. For the record: eggnog is a lot better with rum :D


    Comment by pyrhonik — December 30, 2006 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  11. Hey Sass: Feb 4 07
    Might I suggest Collapse by Jarat Diamond if you would like more signs of society’s downfall. While lack of politeness may be a start down the slipery slope. Enviornmental degradation is the lip of the cliff.
    I don’t know how the skiing was today as I was out at the Bruce. They closed almost all of the roads so I bailed early and just barely got home.
    Hope all is well with you.
    PS. is there an easier way to reply to these blog things

    Comment by Bill Marshall — February 4, 2007 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

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