With the countdown to the December holidays in full swing, we Moms know that despite the swirl of activities taking place around us – school winter concerts, cookie exchanges, travel plan coordination, and holiday get-togethers – gift-giving tasks still remain at the top of our burgeoning to-do lists.
At times we can feel uncomfortable about thinking of holiday gift-giving in terms of “tasks” or checking off items on our “to-do” lists. In a perfect world, holiday shopping would involve a pleasant afternoon excursion with light snow falling, festive window displays, holiday background music, and an end-of-the-day treat of steaming hot chocolate.
But in reality, we find ourselves battling crowds, vying for parking spaces, frantically pawing through clothing racks for the right jacket in the right size, scrolling through countless websites, and making endless loops through toy stores in search of games and art projects that will hold our kids’ interest into the New Year. Factor in a sluggish economy and a scary job market, and the holiday shopping experience becomes positively distressing.