Christmas shopping was available on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, all weekend and again on Cyber Monday. We had a chance to get our Christmas shopping done early but if we didn't, there is no reason to panic, we still have 24 days left. I will let you know when it is time to panic.
The older I get, the less I panic. I am almost to the point that I can even give cash if I had to. You would have to have known me back in the day when I thought I had to shop and find the perfect gift for each individual on my list.
I did not like to give cash or gift certificates. Somewhere through the years I finally realized people like cash. Sometimes they can get more for their money during the after Christmas sales.
I know the economy is bad but the stores were full last week and we were all shopping like money was no object. Yes, I was among the early bird shoppers on Black Friday. We were going through the doors before 3 a.m. I really did not have specifics in mind (as I have had in the past). I was just looking for bargains. Actually, I had a good time and did not have any problems.
I ran out of my Christmas money early and we had lunch and returned home happy and plan on shopping another day to finish up.
I enjoyed the Leachville Christmas parade on Saturday night. A parade always puts me in the Christmas spirit. We have parades scheduled in all of our towns and if you get a chance to go it will lift your Christmas spirit.
It will be a busy month with parties, gatherings, cantatas, church events, school events, decorating, trimming the tree, cooking, and getting ready for Christmas but I hope we all stop long enough to remember why we celebrate Christmas and keep our focus on what is important.
As we go into December the next 24 days will pass fast for us older folks and to the small children it will seem endless. Dec. 25 will arrive if we are ready or not.
Let's keep our smile and wish everyone we see a Merry Christmas.