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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's The Best Time of the Year!!!

Are we having fun yet???? LOL December is crazy but I can't help loving it. It has to be my favorite time of the year. I've been super busy with deadlines but I've taken the time to do some shopping. Word of caution---never go to the mall on a Saturday in mid-December. Bad mistake. I don't guess I've ever done that before. I don't think I ever will again LOL

Have y'all bought a lot of presents? I always think I'm finished but then see something my daughter will like (she's so easy to buy for!). But then I have to buy something else for my son so I won't feel guilty (he's soooo hard to buy for!). Girls are just so much fun to buy for, though. Especially girly-girls.

I think I shop too much sometimes. Nah.......

Speaking of which--I have a cute little purse with bath products inside that I found at Kohl's. I'll add a book and a holiday candle for a little relaxation and it'll go to one lucky winner, drawn at random from the list of comments today.

Happy Holiday!
Karen Kelley
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Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Karen,

I got all my pressies very early this year, so that I can relax while everyone else is hunting for christmas gifts. LOL

Laurie D. said...

I've bought a few things online and will be giving some gift cards. Going shopping with my best friend on Friday to wrap it all up - a 27 year tradition - a day of shopping and lunch - doesn't get any better than that!
I could buy the world for my girls, they're so easy to shop for. Hubby, on the other hand, is nearly impossible, and he ends up with golf packages or gift cards to the shooting range rather than actual "stuff."

Cherie said...

I love Christmas as well. I pretty much start in January so i can find just the right gift for each person. This year it is a good thing I start early because I have a 2 month old baby girl and I am rather sleep deprived so I don;t have as much time to put into shopping as much as I usually would. I have to laugh about not knowing when to stop. I am the same way. I have some people on my list that are so easy to shop for that I am always finding things to add to their presents.

Cherie J

Maureen said...

I still have shopping to do but I firmly believe there's still plenty of time. Kohl's is one of my favorite stores. Have a great holiday.

Jodi said...

I think I'm done with my shopping, with the exception of a gift card for my niece and an Omaha Steaks package for my parents.
My mom and I went out of town to the mall on Saturday. Holy craziness! But, the Wal-Mart Supercenter was the busiest place that we went to.
I want to do more shopping for the girls. I love buying stuff for them, but DH says no more! Oh well, we need the money to get that darn addition completed!

Jennifer Y. said...

I have bought some presents...but still have some left to get. I did make a list of what to get so I do have things in mind. A cold has slowed me down.

Barb V. said...

I'm just about through with my shopping. Still have to get a couple more things for my mom's care package/goodie box. DH and I don't exchange anymore. We agreed a few years back to take the present money and buy something big for the house. We shop together, and get something we are both really happy with.

Jana said...

I love to shop...but I discovered this past Saturday that if you do not have little ones, Toys R Us this time of year is a version of hell. And it didn't help that the giraffe was dancing in the aisles! Still other than that pit stop, I had a ball shopping with my friends.

alissa said...

I did some shopping early in the season but still have to complete it with the main one, my husbands so that will be a time consuming trek. All the best.

ellie said...

I love to shop in the fall for the holidays so I generally do that. Yes, it is easier for women than for men. That is the tough part getting boys gifts, for my 2 sons. Enjoy the holiday!

joelle said...

I avoid the weekend shoppers so it is easier early in the week. I leave early in the day and make it short and sweet. Hope that you have a wonderful holiday.

sharon said...

I try to avoid shopping but my son's birthdays are two weeks apart in December so I get ready way ahead of the season so it is not so hectic. Otherwise it would be impossible. I do the online thing for them too which is simple and no hassle. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

pearl said...

I try to complete all my shopping before the rush. Normally it works out well so I am able to concentrate on other aspects of the holiday, like cooking, baking etc. Best Wishes for the Holiday.

CrystalG said...

I still have some to do. I have split my buying between online and in the store. I love to buy presents. Christmas is my favorite time of the year too.

Brandy said...

I stay away from the mall unless it's early in the day and only during the week. I hear you on the buing for a boy and buying for a girl. My Daughter is 11 and pretty easy to shop for, while my Son is 4 and a bit more difficult. Good luck if you have more shopping to do!

Cryna said...

I took the easy way out for my two grandchildren (one is a boy of 8 and the other a girl of 12), they are both in California so I went to Toys R Us and got them sizable gift certificates and put them into the mail yesterday. I could add extra to the gift certificates because I did not have to pay large postage for shipping on things that I had bought for them, and then maybe not got what they really discussed it with my daughter and son and decided this was the best. We have not done presents for the adults in years.

Just have to come up with an anniversary present for my parents - after just about 61 years it is hard to think of something......they have so many things.

robynl said...

I tend to shop all year long when I get to the city so I start out at Christmas with some gifts and then I add as I go. Have a few more to get. The crowds are unreal now in the malls. Most of my baking is accomplished. Yahoo!!! Love candles and a good book to read at this time of the year-a great way to relax.

scooper said...

I'm a late shopper this year. Money's been tight so shoppings been on hold. I've got to get in gear this week.

traveler said...

I shop only when necessary so I try to shop during the week when it is quieter and more sane. Luckily I am done with the gifts so that is great. Now onto the baking for this weekend. Happy Holiday!

Judy F said...

I am pretty much done with shopping just a few more things to get but have to wait till payday.

I work part time in a mall its so busy. Half the time finding a parking spot is the worst thing

Marie said...

I have already done most of my shopping. But I still enjoy going to the store and seeing all the christmas decorations :)

Lisa F. said...

My mom is the easiest person for me to buy for, even easier than my kids. I've just about finished my shopping except for the gift cards I always give to certain people.

I'm ready for the kids to be out of school, because that means I will be off work. I'll have more free time then. Hooray!

My mom went to the mall last Saturday, and she called me and said it was so crowded, the pay lines were 20+ people deep. She said she was going home and would shop after work during the week.

Merry Christmas!

Stacy~ said...

I hate shopping, unless it's for myself during the off-season LOL. I'm a firm believer in gift certificates and online purchases. The internet is bliss.

I'm in denial and have bought very little. It's only the 12th...I've got plenty o' time...

Amy S. said...

I did my Christmas shopping yesterday. Got most of the presents, but still have to get some. One is hard to find, no store here has it and sold out. Might have to try ebay.

Karen Kelley said...

Hi Everyone,
I haven't had a chance to drop back in--killer deadline and all that.
Danny--smart but then I just end up spending more when I do that. LOL

Laurie, I'm giving one gift card this year. I love traditions!

Cherie--congrats on the baby. Girls are fun. I have a grown daughter and we have the best time togetehr.

Maureen, I still need one more trip to town--I think.

Jodi, I've never tried Omaha Steaks but I might have to sometime.

Jennifer Y--I hope you get to feeling beter. Colds suck big time! Especially now.

Barb V--Karl and I shop together, but we usually get something small for under the tree.

Jana--LOL Yep, I hear you!

Alissa--husbands are hard to buy for!

Ellie--our grandson wil be 16 in January. Apparently hair that covers the eyes is now in style again. There is a face somewhere under the hair because I remember the day he was born.

Joelle--good thinking!

Sharon--our son in law's birthday is right after X-mas.

Pearl--ugh, I haven't even thought about that yet.

Crystal--right now online sounds good!

Brandy---I have an 11 and 12 year old granddaughters. Pre-teen--ugh!

Cryna--CHEAT!! LOL And wow--61 years. That's great. Karl and I have been married 37.

Robyn---I wish my baking was done. Hmmm, I wonder if anyone would notice TV dinners???

Scooper--I hear you. Been there and done that. I'll send prayers that things improve!

Traveler--I should shop less. LOL

Judy--ugh, part time in the mall? You poor girl! I feel for you.

Marie--my kind of girl!

Lisa--you sound like my daughter. We can shop for each other all day long. We're so much alike.

Hey, y'all I'l post a winner before I go to bed tonight. Okay, back to the grindstone.


Little Lamb Lost said...

I am not done with my Christmas shopping yet but am down to my most fiddly of people to buy gifts for now.

Cathy said...

What a great gift idea. I did the online thing this year and now just need to finish up some wrapping. Yippee.

Karen Kelley said...

And the winner is....
***pearl said...
I try to complete all my shopping before the rush. Normally it works out well so I am able to concentrate on other aspects of the holiday, like cooking, baking etc. Best Wishes for the Holiday.

Congrats! Thanks to all who made comments. Pearl if you'll send your snail mail address to I'll get your prize in the mail.
Karen Kelley

ilona said...

If you think one boy is hard to buy for try four boys and one very ungirly girl. 24 yrs on and I still have trouble trying to buy something nice for any of them. Mind I did solve the problem of the 15 yr old son this year - I got him a full drum set. *pity our nieghbours, please*