Christmas shopping = a Christmas nightmare

christmas shopping This weekend, I wasted 8 hours of my life that I’ll never get back. I wasted hours dashing through the stores, waiting in checkout lines and being stuck in traffic as I drove from one end of the city to the next.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop for others. I try to be as thoughtful as possible and buy unique gifts I know they’d really appreciate. I love to give back to others, especially when it means I can be hands-on with my giving.

But the commercialization of the holiday season’s made shopping during this time of year a headache.

In both Nigeria and Canada, Christmas is a commercialized holiday…just in different ways. Back home, my family spent a lot of money on foods and drinks and in preparing for guests that’d visit our home during the holiday weeks. No gifts were necessary. All you had to bring was yourself—and a healthy appetite. Christmas was about the get-together. In Canada, it’s also about getting together—and more. Families spend a lot of money buying gifts, including those from “Santa”. Shopping during this time of the year is one of the most dreadful things I can think of.

I don’t know how we continue to survive the madness year after year.

After hours of store hopping and waiting at traffic lights, I’m glad it’s all over— well, until next year.

Ranting done.

Enjoy the holidays!

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~ by omonaij on December 16, 2012.

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