December 19 - Christmas Shopping How did your family handle Christmas Shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?
Dad: My mom and dad shared the Christmas shopping load. My mom would walk downtown to shop while we were in school. She would wrap and hide the presents before we got home. Mom would make a list of things she wanted my dad to get too. She never drove a car so anything that needed a drive to get was dad’s job. They would slip the stuff in the house and have it wrapped and in hiding before we knew. My older sister was a snoop and always tried to find the hidden presents. So certain parts of the house became off-limits like the attic, their bedroom, etc.
Now my father-in-law was the ultimate last minute shopper. Not until December 24th did he venture anywhere near the stores. He always said that is when you get the best buys, and the selection is low and less confusing to pick from. One of his daughters was picked at random to help shop for their mom. You often got a newspaper or magazine clipping of something in an envelope for your Christmas present when he couldn’t get the item on time due to his late shopping methods.
Mom: My mom always did all the shopping. My dad would wait until Christmas Eve and would take one of us daughters to the store with him. He would also look for a sales person who was about my mom’s size when looking for clothes. He’d ask her what size she was and if she liked the clothes he picked out.