Between Mid November and December, many people start preparing for the end of year festivities. These activities are comprised of things like buying presents, Christmas parties, new years resolutions and Christmas shopping.
Depending on the type of person you are, you either love Christmas or loathe it. One thing is always guaranteed, once it is all over you will be very tired. A few women who have written to me have expressed frustration with the enthusiasm displayed by their partners around this time so I thought I’d find out what it is about Christmas that riles some of us.
Ladies, you are no doubt familiar with the male attitude towards shopping. We don’t enjoy doing it when it’s busy, we don’t enjoy doing it with you (shopping that is) and we definitely don’t enjoy doing it with you when it is busy. The gentlemen who I spoke to had this to say in unison, “I don’t mind Christmas but the Mrs gets a bit carried away which lessens the enjoyment of the occasion.”
We just hate too much involvement in the process, particularly in the shopping department.
Top of the list for most of the guys I spoke to was a hatred of Christmas shopping. There are crowds of people everywhere and the shop is a mess. The problem with that is that you spend three times as much time as you normally would, looking for the overpriced goods to fill your basket with. A common exchange between men about the shopping habits of a woman are that, she normally sees something in a shop and tries it on, she however doesn’t buy it. She goes from shop to shop looking at alternatives and then ends up buying the item from the very first shop. During Christmas shopping season, the first shop containing the first item looks like it has been hit by a bomb so our annoyance is doubled.
We will give you as much money as you want to spend but please let us go and sit down somewhere whilst you are shopping….
At the best of times the concentration of a man is bad during a shopping trip so when we are asked our opinions of the products to be purchased, we are sadly unaware of why we are nodding in agreement. Questions such as, “Will this bow match the wrapping paper?” “Will this ribbon match the tree?” “Do you think this will be reduced further in the January sales?” or “Have you seen this on offer elsewhere?” are wasted on us as we have no idea what the right answer is, neither do we care much about the accessorising of a box.
The gentlemen that I was speaking with came up with a list of things that would make their Christmas shopping experience more bearable. They were unanimous in agreement and so I give you the preferred experience. We will give you as much money as you want to spend but please let us go and sit down somewhere whilst you are shopping, call us when you are finished and we will gladly meet you outside the shop and take the bags from you to allow you to continue your excursion, if you need more money then text us and we will transfer to you straight away and finally, do not ask our opinion on any of the products that have been purchased. All we want to do is let this period pass and then carry on as normal. We however are always pleased with the end result as you do always make Christmas fantastic. We just hate too much involvement in the process, particularly in the shopping department.
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