I could sum up my usual Christmas shopping habits as follows:
- Don't start until midway through December
- Buy presents for family and friends, maybe 10 people in total
- Get cards from Clinton's and distribute last minute (up to a fortnight after the 25th December)
- Buy at least one "joke present", previous examples include a squeaky plastic chicken and a kit for learning how to bellydance (for a bloke).
This year, I am doing things differently. I have almost finished my shopping, helped by the fact that I am only really buying for family, with exceptions of very close friends perhaps, but I still haven't made up my mind. Either way, there will be fewer presents given out, which eliminates the joke present too. As much as I'd enjoy watching someone unwrap a box of grout again, I'm starting to see that it's not really justified.
Also, I've bought charity Christmas cards this year, and I aim to have them out by next weekend. Emphasis on aim.
I suppose that these changes are a result of trying to be more organised, less wasteful, and a better steward of money. Though there's probably still a hundred more changes I need to make. I don't want to just be a thoughtful Christian, but a radical Christian. What does radical shopping look like exactly?