Yes, kids, I still have a little bit of shopping to do. Not a huge amount, mind you, but a few things here and there. But it’s probably no surprise that I’m one of “those people.”

 

There’s an advantage, though, to having these days off before Christmas: I was relatively unhindered in the stores today. Which was kinda weird, because the parking lots all seemed really full. But maybe that was just because there was more staff working than they really needed. Maybe?

 

I’ll be honest: I hate crowds. I don’t really like the act of going to a store for Christmas shopping. The crowds are overwhelming and annoying. Trying to figure out what to get for whom, or even trying to follow a list while trying to keep amounts paid in mind is a task that can fray even the best person. But there are many who enjoy it and even seem to thrive at it.

 

But not me. Which could explain why I’ll be finishing my shopping on Friday and not have everything well in hand already.

 

No, I will never be one to brave the crowds on Black Friday. You couldn’t even convince me to go with a spectacular, guaranteed deal on something that I’d be desperate to have. I will not wait for a store’s doors to open. I will not go shopping within hours after finishing the last bit of turkey on Thanksgiving. I will not participate in any kind of “doorbuster.”

 

That’s just who I am. And as a result, I’ll be out among the crowds on Friday. See you there.

 

See you tomorrow.