The pain of Christmas

Running through the aisles, trying to find the perfect gift before some lady gets it before you is one of the joys of Christmas shopping. After spending the last few years going to Black Friday, I’ve learned the ins and outs of it. It’s still difficult for me, however, to find the best presents for my friends and family.
It’s always an adventure going out and trying to do this annual Christmas spending. The holidays mean saying goodbye to one’s money and hello to random spending. Being a broke teenager makes it somewhat problematic when it comes to finding the right things. Personally, budgeting is probably one of my biggest issues. I devote a lot of my time trying to find the cheapest way of finding the right gifts.
On Thanksgiving the ultimate planning takes place. Deciding where to go and how to get to certain areas of the stores takes time. I have never gone as far as actually getting a map and jotting down notes, but I do figure out who of my friends goes where. Teamwork is an essential part of this shopping process.
After finishing my “real world” shopping in Friday’s early morning hours, I go to the Internet for the presents I don’t find. The work it takes to give these gifts is a lot. In the end, though, I think that it’s more about family and friends than these materialistic items. No matter what I’m always grateful for the people I have in my life. Christmas is a time of crazy, high-paced shopping, and a time to reflect on all the good times in life.