I've never been a Black Friday or last minute Christmas shopper. The traffic and crowds drive me nuts, and I'd rather spend a few extra dollars in the long run rather than put up with either of these things. Instead, I prefer to begin buying things in September or so. This helps my wallet, too, because the spending is spread over several months rather than a couple of days. So for me, it's win-win!
This is the second year in a row that I have been completely finished with my shopping before Thanksgiving. This time I even have everything wrapped, too. Now I can just sit back and really enjoy this wonderful holiday season with my family. I love it!