One of my favorite ways to avoid actually shopping at Christmastime is to wander around stores, pretending to be shopping, but instead just enjoying the sparkly displays.
Most are way too over the top and garish for me to do anything but gape in a sort of childlike wonder. Bubble lights! Penguins! Glittery stuff! Fake snow!
My tastes for home are much simpler, but by God I've got tons of decorations! Each year a different bunch of boxes is hauled down from the attic and I feel as if I've never seen most of it before because it's been so many years since I last used whatever is in that particular box.
I have a particular weakness for glass ornaments and try very hard to avert my eyes and avoid displays like this one! A store around the corner from me has a wall solid with nothing but glass tree ornaments in every conceivable shape and size... animals, lighthouses, flowers, birds, insects...
I only looked long enough to find a sweet little shorebird; a group that is poorly represtented among the bird ornaments on my tree. That was my excuse for buying it at least.
Today wasn't entirely wasted on ogling; I did manage to buy a few gifts. Not many, but it's a start at least.
How many shopping days left?
a return Visit
3 years ago