Love the holidays, but not being in the stores

I enjoy the holidays a lot - visiting with friends and family, time off of work, giving and receiving presents, the world junior hockey championships. What I do not enjoy is the shopping itself.

I liken being in a popular mall or chain store to being in the environment of a casino crossed with a carnival. You have the constant noise of cash registers, salvation army bell ringers, people bustling every which way, high sugar and deep fried food items as substanance, and a lessened sense of time with store hours extended.

Now that I am nearly done my shopping, I hope to start earlier next year and order online : )