As a result, we shop early.
It ought to be a delight to select gifts for the grandchildren. But it means shopping.
I've seen those articles on shopping addictions and how to avoid overspending. I can't quite relate. Quite the contrary. With the possible exception of bookstores, I've never liked to shop. Never.
Which explains why my parents added my name to their store credit cards when I was in college. They actually hoped that would prompt me to make some purchases, specifically clothing. It didn't work. Fashionable I'm not.
Curious, I wondered if I would find reports online of other non-shoppers.
There were a few, but the were pretty specific. They reported disliking in-store shopping because of aversions to people, blocked aisles, bratty kids, waiting in lines and the ease of overspending.
They liked the alternative - shopping online.
Not me. With the occasional exception when I know exactly what I want and find it at a reasonable price very quickly - and both are essential - online or in-store shopping are equally disagreeable.
Fortunately, my husband never lets me procrastinate as Christmas, or now, Thankmas, approaches.
He gently starts reminding me in early October. And in the weeks that follow. I call it nagging. He doesn't. I fret, but I know it is probably a good thing.
Which leads me to an entry I expect my daughter will make next week on her Facebook page.
I'm betting she will mark our anniversary day - the late November date of her wedding, ours 30 years earlier and that of her now-departed maternal grandparents three decades before.
We have a lot to celebrate thankfully.
Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at eva...@dailymail.com.