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Rush the mall and buy the shops out …falalalalalalalala


Christmas stress
I ‘penned’ this after reading this blog post on mybrownpaperpackages.com .

Christmas… I know it’s coming for a whole year so why then am I scrambling to get organised just 3 days out from the event? Truth is I enjoy the rush, I’m the type of person who works best under pressure.



My last minute dashes are chaotic to others but to me they are stress free. I must admit I love the thrill of arriving early to get parking. I feel a sense of smug. I choose my car space so I can just drive out after my busy purchasing rather than reversing out trying to avoid pedestrians and (by that time ) illegally parked cars making it more than a challenge to leave.




Yesterday my arrival was timed perfectly. I glided around the shopping centre, my only list the names of my family and I hold that safe in my head. This year it’s gifts only for my immediate family. For the rest of the family it will be the getting together (sometime between mid December until mid January). With families spread and the circle widened as children become adults, this is the only way we can accommodate things.


This event is meant to signify joy but if the faces and antics of many are what we judge I’d say the significance of the event is being overlooked…big time!! People glare angrily as they push past, curse loudly in queues, snatch rudely to select a product and ensure their frown lines get a really great workout.

Me, I smile a lot, wish people a Merry Christmas as I wait in lines and enjoy the opportunity to chat with friends as I bump ( sometimes literally) into them in my travels. Most of them are happy to stop for a chat but to some they are on a mission and sadly being friendly isn’t what this season brings out in them.

Maybe I’m getting old but I believe the best and perfect gift is time…time to enjoy shopping if you want to buy gifts , time to enjoy selecting the food you want to share with your loved ones and most importantly time spent with those loved ones creating and reliving the memories. Christmas seems to be an exercise in irony for many.

Can’t wait until tomorrow (Christmas Eve) to join the lines at the supermarket for food for my family. I’ll be there ‘crack of dawn’. You will recognise me by my huge smile and pleasant conversations :))

So, while I’m the calm , yet last minute organiser , just watch my stress levels on the day. Oh did I tell you I’m a perfectionist in presentation? Will hold that for another post.


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

6 thoughts on “Rush the mall and buy the shops out …falalalalalalalala

  1. I seem to work better under pressure as well but throw a dose of ill health into that mix at this time of the year, and it’s…what does not really need to be done ….next year, there’s always a chance to do better next year :). Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones . Xx

  2. I must be getting old too because it seems the days before Christmas bring out the worst in some shoppers. Today I did my perishable shopping , I met a mixture of happy people and ‘bah humbug’ people, and it wasn’t connected to age.

    I don’t like the shopping part of Christmas because I’ve always hated crowds, but now it’s on with a fest of Christmas baking that only finishes with the presentation of our Christmas Dinner on the table. I love it, and while it’s hectic I try to snatch some time to take photos 🙂

    Happy Christmas. X

  3. Oh, how I wish I could handle the crowds. Mobility issues get in the was, however. I do my Christmas shopping in November, leaving December for the many events.

    Merry Christmas! ❤

  4. I don’t enjoy the Christmas crowds which is why we did our best to do all of our shopping in the weeks preceding, only needing to go out to get essentials. 🙂
    I hope you had a lovely Christmas K-A. I too am a perfectionist so stressed big time on the day but everyone enjoyed themselves and that is all that matters.

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