The Running Realtor: Christmas Shopping Crunch Time

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Christmas Shopping Crunch Time

The final two weeks have arrived.... It is Crunch Time for Christmas Shopping!

This year I am way behind schedule, could be the warm weather this fall or just the usual dread of aimlessly wandering around looking to spend money of "stuff" that I know we don't need. 

Maybe I'm a bit more cynical than most but I am tired of the excessive commercialization of holidays.  This is nothing new and a discussion I have had with my wife over the years but I have never successfully figured out how to reverse the trend for MORE.... It's not just about money,  It's about having to much JUNK.

Since money buys junk I use holiday spending as sort of the report card to establish where we stand. My wife and I have never really agreed on how to read statistics either.  Most articles are unclear, for example I just read this story that says the Average U.S. Consumer will spend $817 this year.  Translating that data and applying it to a family of four means they'll spend over $3250.

The article also noted that 70% of the people would prefer less emphasis on shopping yet if you look around the mall you'll notice plenty of consumers but very few smiles as the brainwashed masses look for something to buy. 

This New Year's Day set a resolution for yourself that will make you smile. The holiday season should be a happy time instead of a draining experience.  

Comment balloon 16 commentsNo Longer Active • December 10 2007 12:57PM

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Dan - Shopping, fun...fun!  Ugh, part of the Season I won't miss:-)
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 10 years ago
Jason... Guess you finished all your shopping early... Ideas get harder over the years as it feels more like you've already bought it all in the past.
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Dan, what??? You don't like being crushed by all those silly people trying to get into the mall? That's so ridiculous...
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) about 10 years ago
Linda... It is silly especially with all the disclaimers put out about the bargains... Limited Quantity, No Rain Checks, Bait & Switch Zone, etc.... I'm willing to pay a few more pennies and avoid the stampede!
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Dan,  Totally agree, the commercialization of the holidays is just way too out of hand.  Oh thanks, just saw the video.  Of course, it had to be Altamonte Springs!  But this was ridiculous that they had the stores opening at 1am after Thanksgiving. 
Posted by Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker (Marc It Sold!) about 10 years ago
Marc... That video just happens to be the footage I found on youtube.  Recall hearing the same stories all over the country with people out of control with "holiday spirit"
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Oh honey...I would have more sympathy for you if you actually did the shopping...As far as I know the only one you are shopping for is me.. I handle everyone else, plus baking, sending out the cards, and decorating the house. Last year you didn't even help with the tree.
Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Dan,

I'm ahead of my last minute schedule this year, hubby and I shop late at night the crowds are usually gone. We have sooo much fun, like kids out past bed time! LOL :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Sandra... I have a long track record with plenty of shopping & decorating.  Let me know if you need me to set up the ladder so you can get the lights up.

Suzanne... Shopping is actually the easy part.  I prefer creative ideas and until the motivation strikes I don't know which direction to head, never like the been there bought that before type gifts.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Dan--JUNK!!?? That is what people buy/give? Oh so that is why when people move they need PODs and storage lockers for the clutter! Or is it just that you hate shopping...the pressure to find the perfect gift?

Sandra--I think Dan has a little too much in common with my husband based on your list there. The "walking through the mall and not wanting to get the wrong thing or waste money so he comes home with nothing" syndrome is rampant at my house. He does take down the tree after the holidays every year which I really appreciate as that job is a pain! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 10 years ago

Teri...  Junk is what I call all the clutter... Back in the day I'd stop in to chat with my jeweler and purchase junk  to have on hand... Our china cabinet is filled with Millennium Collection. I don't even think Sandra wears her watch very often but I can say the quality and cost goes well beyond the collection of 10 toast flutes by two or three times.  As we're approaching our 30th Christmas everywhere I look is high quality junk....  I have even spent hours scouring used book stores for the perfect first editions of authors she reads. She's received a collection of Tiger Cub plates...  Hell... Fleetwood Mac took the stage on our anniversary and they gave her a card and dedicate a song... I don't hate shopping and I don't shun pressure... I'm just tired of seeing the season start right after Labor Day because the retailers want to brainwash people into spending.....  

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Dan- Those lights have not gone up in years. And agree you do think of the most thoughtful gifts for me, I have no complaints regarding your gift selections. They are always wonderful.

Teri - Yup Dan gets all stressed out during the holiday season, and since he usually only buys for me, I just don't understand the problem...Half the time he has no idea what he is giving our kids.  As far as taking down the tree...I wish I had help, usually end up doing that one by myself.

 

 

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Sandra-  I love that you're on here to rat out Dan--  if we didn't know better, we would think he was running himself ragged doing all that shopping!  lol  :)
Posted by Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor (Chico Homes Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Dan, what a guy, offering to hold the ladder so that Sandra can put the lights up ........... hummmmmm I wonder is that would work on my wife ....... LOL

 

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 10 years ago
Dan, I just can't wait for it to all be over. I have been doing my shopping (for the kids) on line. It's much easier, no shipping, save on gas, I don't have to deal with crowded malls, or search for half an hour for a spot to park. Don't you just love the holidays?  Merry Christmas my friend.
Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Sandi... Don't think I implied I was running myself ragged with shopping.   My wife does like one-sided stories though and conveniently neglects to recall all the years when she was employed and I would handle most of the shopping.

George... Of course I was joking.... Don't think I have ever seen her on a ladder.

Mana... The sad thing is with the evolution of the Commercialized Holidays I think most people are happy when they are over.

Posted by Dan Cummings - Connecticut's Running Real Estate Agent about 10 years ago

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