plonkee money an english-er's thoughts on personal finance

August 27, 2008

is it time for Christmas yet?

Filed under: shopping — Tags: , — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

The answer to that question is no. Of course.

I’m currently avoiding the shops in an attempt to avoid spending money, so I don’t know if the Christmas things are up yet as they seem to be in the US. But, we’ve had the last bank holiday for four months now, and I once again feel that this is the homeward stretch towards the end of the year.

As a sensible personal finance sort of person, I like to have a sensible Christmas. I make a list of people I need to buy for, budget an amount per person, and set up a total list. I also have autumn / winter birthdays to buy for – starting in mid-October. This all falls into the same shopping pile, mentally at least. I prefer to get my shopping completed before the end of November, because I don’t like shopping when it’s busy.

All of this means that I like to get a grip on Christmas hideously early. I don’t start celebrating until the end of December, but I know that it’s coming. I hate rushing around, and gift buying is really important to me, so I’ve started thinking about it already. I’m not the only one, the Houseworks Holiday Plan begins next week. I don’t have nearly enough to do to make that worthwhile – I hate cleaning, and I don’t entertain, but it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my forward planning.

If you’re the sort of person that can do Christmas quickly, easily and on budget by starting on the 1st of December, more power to you. I’m not. If I’m going to get things done and enjoy myself, I need to leave plenty of time. I’m not ashamed of sorting myself out now (pretty much got a budget for everything decided) and neither should anyone else be. After all, if you’re running round the shops at the end of the year, you can’t complain that you didn’t have enough warning.

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