Fes­tive fun at the shops

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Rae­lene Hall

To­day I have to tackle the Christ­mas shop­ping.

We’ve been in Perth for five days and I’ve ac­tu­ally not been to the shops, other than to buy food.

I’ve been to the den­tist, hair­dresser, a con­cert, a cat­tle sale, the ac­coun­tant and fi­nan­cial ad­viser, and caught up with a few fam­ily and friends.

The kids and I have been swap­ping Christ­mas idea lists, so I hope we all don’t end up buy­ing the same gift for each per­son. I’m a bit of a kid when it comes to Christ­mas, so would rather not ask who is buy­ing what be­cause then you know what every­one is get­ting be­fore they open it. No fun in that. Luck­ily I have a few ex­tra shop­ping hours to­day to achieve some­thing. Hubby’s present is cov­ered as I found some­thing for him a few months ago and have or­dered a sec­ond gift on­line.

Hope­fully it will ar­rive be­fore Christ­mas — if not, his birth­day is in Fe­bru­ary so I’ll just save it for then.

I al­ways buy the kids a book which al­ways takes for­ever. Noth­ing to do with not be­ing able to find them one, but more about me want­ing to spend hours check­ing out the ones I want.

Given I have a book­store gift voucher, which is not a Christ­mas present so I can spend it right away, I may well come out of the book­shop with noth­ing for the kids and a cou­ple of great reads for my­self.

Next stop is the DVD shop. Sin­gle movie DVDs are easy, but try­ing to find a spe­cific series of a TV show ne­ces­si­tates flick­ing through end­less rows, find­ing ev­ery series bar the one I want.

End re­sult is I buy half a dozen DVDs, none of which are what I’m look­ing for.

That’s the two easy op­tions. The rest is end­less traips­ing in shops try­ing to find suit­able gifts, while also try­ing to find the crack­ers, dec­o­ra­tions, Christ­mas pud­dings, hams, chicken and nib­bles.

Not to men­tion the fab­u­lous items I didn’t know I needed un­til I saw them.

I guess I shouldn’t com­plain. Christ­mas only comes once a year — well that’s what I’m told but some­times I won­der.

I’m sure Christ­mas was only a few months ago.

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