My husband was surprised that I had started to buy little Christmas gifts before Halloween! But there are so many people we would like to give little gifts to at church, work and so on. So I start to shop around for Christmas gifts in the fall, so I can take advantage of bargains, and defray the costs over several months. I am usually done by the beginning of December, so I can avoid the holiday rush.
I buy gifts all year long. Mostly at yard sales. You can find brand new never opened nice gifts!
Ditto Jennifer's comment. I have found Lennox, Micasa, etc. all in boxes. In a recent sale, a husband chastised the wife for writing price on the box saying 'people buy these as gifts...put a label on it w/the price." Who knew husbands have such prescience!
My closet is filling up with Christmas presents, I
too shop early. Seems like if I can get some
out of the way, I can concentrate on husband,
son and grandson, the hard ones to buy for,
and the most expensive. Also buy paper and
boxes early, and any decorations I am going to
need. Of course I always include a little something
for me. Ima3
I buy Christmas-themed items at all of the after-Christmas sales. You can usually get those items for 50% to 75% off.
Though the following tip was actually regarding gifts for my bridal shower, the basic idea applies to gifts for Christmas, birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.: My husband and I registered at two stores.
One of the items I really wanted was a toaster oven. My wedding was more than six months away when I noticed a sale ad that showed the $100 toaster oven was on sale for $39.99. I know this is against etiquette rules, but I immediately called my Mom & told her about the sale. She ran out & bought it & notified a family member that was going to be attending my bridal shower about the deal she got on the toaster oven & that person bought it off my Mom to give to me at the bridal shower.
After that, I then notified my Mom about any other sales I saw on the items listed on our registry & it saved my family members $$$. I also registered at a store that consistently mails out 20% off coupons.
I know my family was grateful for these discounts & I didn't mind that they were saving money on our gifts. In fact, I would've been upset if they had not taken advantage of the discounts! I want everyone to save $!
So, now our family notifies each other of items that we would like for birthday, Christmas, etc. when it goes on sale before the event so that we can save $.
It is the middle of October and I am finished with my Christmas shopping and most of my son's birthday gifts which is in March all but my new granddaughter who is due any day now. I have to meet her before I can shop. However, I do have her a few little things.
It's never too early to Christmas shop or any holiday or occasion for that matter! I keep a bin in the closet with gifts I find. Yesterday I found my children some wonderful new sealed items at a garage sale. I have wrapped them up nice used items tho and they don't know the difference and I doubt would care anyway....it's just nice for them to have a lot of things to open. I also get them quite a few food type gifts because they like it and it's things that I don't have to find a place for....it goes in the pantry for a while and then eventually goes away!
I start the weekend after xmas!
why do people take the word christ out of christmas and use xmas instead? what is the x supposed to mean
The title "Christ," or more accurately "Christos," is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word "Messiah." And in Greek, the first letter in the word "Christos" is "X" pronounced "chi" with a "k" sound). It was in Europe during the 1500s that Christians began to use "X"to refer to "Christ" in the word"Christmas." Likewise, you may have even seen an ancient Christian symbol of what looks like a capital"P" overlayed by an "X". It's called the Chi Rho, which are the first two Greek letters in the title, "Christos."
I found this information in the following link:
Here is a wikipedia link too:
I always assumed it was a relatively recent shortcut but it sounds like it has been around for hundreds of years.
When my kids were small I used to buy presents in the fall. I bought each of them one each time and wrapped them and labledthem. Then I hid them. One summer I was doing some deep cleaning and I found some presents, one for each. We had a little Christmas in the summer.
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