When do you start thinking about it?

@Humbug25 (12540)
August 5, 2011 4:08am CST
So it is only about 5 months or so before Christmas and I am already deep in thought as to what to buy people. If I am honest I usually start thinking about Christmas in the New Year and see what I can find in the sales for people for the following Christmas. Then I don't tend to think about it again for about 6 months and then I am back onto it!! As I am a single mum of 3 I have to be well organised in advance and I hate shopping in December for gifts, I want to enjoy the season and what is going on around me without the stress of what to get people. So at what point in the year do you give Christmas a serious thought?
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@peavey (16936)
• United States
21 Aug 11
It was just a few moments ago that I was thinking how slack I am in preparing for Christmas this year. I usually think and shop a little at a time for it all year. I haven't even had any good ideas for stocking stuffers this year. With things going the way they are, I'm going to have to be more creative than ever, so I'd better get started in earnest.
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@peavey (16936)
• United States
23 Aug 11
I usually have a few stocking stuffers on hand by this time, too, but not this year...
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@Humbug25 (12540)
24 Aug 11
Oh you had better get a move on then hahaha
@Humbug25 (12540)
23 Aug 11
Hi ya peavey I usually pick small things up throughout the year for stocking fillers and have almost got that in that in the bag. I only put small cheap things in, 10 for each child as there is no way on this earth some fat man in a red suit that doesn't exist is gonna get the credit for any larger gifts hahahhaa Thanks
@cutepenguin (6431)
• Canada
12 Aug 11
I already have a few small things, but because I am on a strict budget this year (might need a new car, want to buy a house), I am going to have to start basically now. I am going to make or bake a lot of gifts, and try to get other gifts using gift cards or points from online things.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
12 Aug 11
Hi ya cutepenguin You don't want to start baking stuff now though hahahahaha It is a good idea to bake stuff and I always get the kdis to make somehting for their teachers for Christmas, not only is it more personal but it is cheaper too. Cheers
@marguicha (212900)
• Chile
5 Nov 11
I only buy toys for the very small ones in the family. For the rest, I make my apricot jam (I recycle jars all years and make my own labels and cards). This year it will be better as I will have tomatoes and will make tomato chutney. And if the zuchinni grow as they should, I can also make a zuchinni sauce that´s wonderful for appetizers.. I will only spend on some of the ingredients.
• United States
25 Aug 11
I am doing a lot of gift baskets this year too. I have so many recipes that I need to go through them and decide what to make and how many. I am also trying hard to get as much money as possible from gift cards and also from online earnings. I am alos doing a lot of homemade gifts and have bought the materials I need so I can start next week. I have two weeks off and am hoping that by next week I can start.
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
5 Aug 11
I guess you could say I start many times not long after Christmas has been gone. I already have something bought for people in my family now that I have had for months. I have been collecting things for some time now. I will continue to do so until Christmas is here and I have all I need for everyone.
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• United States
7 Aug 11
Sometimes I do the same thing... Bless you ...hugs...
@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi there moondancer I find that the stuff I purchase in sales straight after Christmas quite often are used for birthdays throughout the year and I have to buy all over again hahaha Cheers moon
@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
25 Aug 11
i generally start thinking about it on Boxing day (the day after Christmas here in Canada and the UK) but here in canada we have great sales on stuff and its a holiday too so everyone heads to the stores! anyways, with the january sales i pick up several things for the following Christmas. this year, i am also making stuff which i have started already.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
25 Aug 11
Hi ya cher913 I was amazed last year when me and the kids went for a quiet Boxing Day walk only to see that the whole town was buzzing with loads of people and all the stores were open like a normal working day. I think it was busier then than it was before Christmas!! Hahaha You will have to start a discussion on what you plan on making because I would love to know and would love to get some ideas too hahaha Cheers
• United States
25 Aug 11
I usually start thinking about the next Christmas right after the current Christmas. Because there are sales on lights and little stuff like that and it's cheap. But that is just for small stuff. For regular stuff I'm generally done by Thanksgiving. But I don't wrap things until Christmas Eve. LOL
@Humbug25 (12540)
25 Aug 11
Hi ya stacysmomstl I too buy stuff in the sales after Christmas as long as it not perishable but this gets used during the year, most of the time for birthday presents! There are some that I buy just with Christmas in mind though. I am like you and leave the wrapping til nearer the time, that is the exciting bit, the pressy buying can be stressful and best done whilst stocks last hahahaha Cheers
@marguicha (212900)
• Chile
5 Nov 11
I only buy small girts to the little kids of the family. For me Christmas is not about buying presents but about being together. I have an apricot tree and in my country apricots are ripe a little before Christmas. So I make apricot jam for everyone and put it in recycled jars I have saved during the year. This year I will also have tomatoes from my garden so I will also make tomato chutney for the people that like it. I have had moments of having more money than I needed when my husband was alive, but we both had the same idea about Christmas. Part of the extra work for Christmas was to teach carols to the children instead of going shopping.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
10 Feb 12
Hi there marguicha I do agree with you, Christmas is too commercialised these days and we forget the more important things about the festive season. It's a shame that some people don't think the same way. I love your idea of making apricot jam, I sure appreciate that as a gift if someone was to give that to me. Thanks for responding
@ElicBxn (63187)
• United States
24 Aug 11
I do too, but this year I've barely given it a thought, I've been busy with other things...
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@Humbug25 (12540)
24 Aug 11
Hi there ElicBxn You have better start then, you don't want to leave it too late and then end up panicking hahahaha Cheers
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I have been real smart this year. I just about have all my grandchildren's gifts bought.I can't get out & shop much so i have been ordering them things for awhile.I'm glad to have that much done.Keeping it hid may be a problem, lol.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi ANTIQUELADY Well done you. It is nice to order stuff from the comfort of your own home online and you don't have to ever worry about the hustle and bustle that Christmas shopping brings in the stores!! Cheers ANTIQUE
• United States
25 Aug 11
I have bought the items I need for my craft projects, but I have not gotten any further than that yet. Today and tomorrow I will be online looking for crafts that I can make and sell online so I can make extra money. I will be making out my Christmas budget later on this week and will start planning on what to buy people. I want to be done with my shopping by November because we get bad snow storms in December. Also, with me being a graduate student and also remodleing I need to watch my funds a little bit.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
25 Aug 11
Hi there randylovesdar I too am thinking about craft stuff to do for Christmas at the moment. I have seen these bracelet things that look simple to make and seem quite popular at the moment, I have seen them in some stores and would be ideal for stocking fillers. Cheers
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
I just answered a Christmas-related post earlier. This year, my hubby and I have resolved not to give out gifts. There was one year that I swear I spent my entire paycheck on gifts. Well, yeah it feels good. Seeing these people happy because they received something for Christmas gives a good feeling. But after the Christmas season even if we get the many thank you's and the joy of seeing their faces light up because of a gift, I mean, there must be something else other than gifts that we can give right? So this year, we're probably just going to pitch in with the famliy dinners. I mean, the kids of course get gifts. But other than than, we're not giving out gifts to the adults. We need to save up. Christmas would be a good time to start.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi there apoljuice1 I am sure the adults will be understanding and I do agree with you that it does get very expensive buying for everybody, it is a time for kids afterall. Cheers apoljuice
• United States
21 Aug 11
Usually I am not in the Christmas direction until after Halloween is over. Sad I know I really need to think about it sooner but sadly due to financial issues I can't start any sooner. Last year I was not able to begin shopping until a few weeks prior to the big day.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
23 Aug 11
Hi ya hardworkinggurl I think it can be quite exciting to leave it til nearer the time but I just can't do that as I have kids and need to spread things out throughout the year as much as I can. Cheers
@SIMPLYD (90727)
• Philippines
6 Aug 11
I ponder on what gifts to buy to my love ones, when i more or less knows how much money i can spare for it. Bonuses , aside from the 13th month pay comes in December and sometimes bonuses are nixed the last minute. When i am short of the budget comes December, i only give gifts to my family. For others, they can just come to eat our Christmas prepared foods.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi there SIMPLYD Yes it is best to buy gifts that you can afford or else you end up in bad debt! Cheers SIMPLYD
@stary1 (6612)
• United States
6 Aug 11
Oh noooooooooooooooo not Christmas..lol but you are the wise, organized one and I salute you. Hopefully this year I won't end up scrambling early Dec. I wish I could plan ahead as it would be so much better. Good for you!!
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hey there staryl Thank you for the praise haha I think about Christmas a lot throughout the year but can't always afford to buy gifts at that time but usually by late October early Novemember time I done and just like to buy the odd extra gift in December as I do like to be part of the Christmas gift buying but not to the point that I am panic buying! hahhaa Cheers stary1
@ssangma (16)
6 Aug 11
Its been a long time I have not thought about celebration since I had been too busy...After going through this discussion, the feel of joy and childhood Christmas celebrations struck my mind once again. I will definitely plan well in advance and hope that this time I do not miss out a single moment.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi ya ssangma and welcome to mylot Wow you must have been really busy if you missed it all last time, lets hope you don't this year haha Cheers ssangma and happy mylotting
@wolfie34 (26771)
• United Kingdom
5 Aug 11
To be honest my dear friend, all year round, I have probably said this before in a similar discussion, I buy gifts all year round to keep the cost down, I have a bottom drawer which I put all the things I buy, so come Christmas time I have most of my gifts. I can't bear Christmas shopping and I don't do crowds, so I find ideal gifts and store them, it is also a great way of spreading the cost!
@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hey my dear friend wolfie nice to 'see' you! Yes we have discussed this before in a round about way. I do the same but still have lots of pressies to buy when it comes nearer to the time but at least it is less stressful than having them all to buy in December, I can't be doing that!! hahaha Cheers wolfie
@brew2x (3094)
• Philippines
5 Aug 11
I start thinking of Christmas whenever the "ber" months come. Technically that would be September and oh ... it will be next month. Time flies when you're having fun :) I must start my Christmas list as early as possible. Now that I have a baby, it is hard to leave home. It would be harder to bring my baby and shop for gifts.
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@Humbug25 (12540)
5 Aug 11
Hi ya brew2x Yes when you have children you have to be more prepared and organised because you don't want to be taking them around the shops with you especially as they get older!! Cheers brew
@dawnald (85129)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Aug 11
I'm pretty sure I will start before December 24th...
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@Humbug25 (12540)
7 Aug 11
Hi ya dawny Hahahaha not a bad idea hahahha cheers dawny