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Joseph J. Finn / November 12, 2003 10:58 AM

Oh, about the last payday before Christmas.

miss ellen / November 12, 2003 11:29 AM

i've been thinking about it, just haven't actually started. with a new nephew, you can't help but think about buying him gifts ;)

and, with the DIY trunk show coming up this weekend, my holiday shopping will be started!

i usually get going sometime in november...and online shopping is THE way to go!

Brenda / November 12, 2003 11:34 AM

I have 6 nieces and nephews under 5 years of age, 4 of them twins (you do the math), and 3 of them have birthdays in November. So I have to start budgeting for xmas this month, to make sure I can cover 9 presents before the end of the year (yikes!). Damn my fertile sisters.

Niki / November 12, 2003 11:50 AM

Dec 26

Andrew / November 12, 2003 2:05 PM

I'll be doing some shopping at the Trunk Show (as well as participating!) but otherwise it'll be waiting till after Thanksgiving. I can't believe how early the holiday shopping season starts these days -- jack'o'lanterns should not be competing with Santa.

regan / November 12, 2003 2:15 PM

i've been getting ideas already, but it won't officially start for me, 'til nov. 28 when i join all the other insane 'day after' shoppers.

shechemist / November 12, 2003 2:43 PM

last year I was done by halloween. this year I think I will start the Dec 1st.

I just have to pin down who I am buying what.

kegz / November 12, 2003 2:49 PM

We did most of our holiday shopping on vacation in Scotland this fall. I hope everyone likes plaid.

Onid / November 12, 2003 6:09 PM

I used to procrastinate. I used to wait until the last possible second but now I have nephews and I feel that it is my duty to get to Toys R Us as early as possible to get them the "good stuff". It is all for their sake you understand. I get little to no enjoyment in the process at all.

armaghetto / November 13, 2003 3:22 AM

Please, don't get me anything. I'm not getting you anything. As a matter of fact, buying me something won't make me happy, it will make me feel obigated to buy you something, and consequently put me further into debt. So in effect, you're not buying me a present, you're giving a gift to a gigantic multinational credit card company. Oh, and lest we all forget: Happy Birthday Jesus.

Pete / November 13, 2003 4:17 PM

Thinking and doing are two completely different animals. My goal once again is to get all my shopping done by the end of November, but it's the 13th already and I haven't done anything yet. It'll probably go right down to the last week before Xmas, once again. I would gladly forego receiving all gifts if it meant I didn't have to shop for anybody.

lacey / November 14, 2003 11:11 AM

When I worked in a retail store in high school, many men would come in on xmas eve and make expensive purchases. Everyone wins!

kegz / November 14, 2003 12:12 PM

The holiday cheer expressed in this poll is overwhelming. Who left coal in your stocking?

amyc / November 14, 2003 1:36 PM

Xmas sux.

kerri / November 15, 2003 11:13 AM

I'll think of it in August, but don't usually shop until December, if at all. Christmas isn't magical for me anymore, so I have to be a grinch.

Carlos / November 16, 2003 12:07 PM

I don't start thinking about it until the first of December. I'm one that can get all my gifts in one sitting. Ah...the beauty of online shopping. Isn't it grand?

lacey / November 16, 2003 6:09 PM

I will be more cheerful around the Baha'i holy days called Ayyam-i-ha (in late Feb) which is the gift-giving time. I get confused now because I don't know when to give gifts...on others' holidays or mine? And reciprocation is always good...but twice over? Anyways. Christmas cheer. Back to that.

daruma / November 24, 2003 3:33 PM

Going to Toronto this weekend where the US Dollar is King! Bring on the holiday shopping!

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