100 Word Challenge: Shop

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The Mister and I went shopping over the weekend, our first foray into the holiday mania that is the Christmas Season. Up until then, we ticked off items on our wish lists piecemeal and mainly online.

After only a few minutes in the hype and hordes, I remembered why I don’t like holiday gift shopping in the wild. It’s just all too much. Decorations went up before Halloween, and poor Thanksgiving is pretty much the drunk uncle no one likes and would like to forget.

I can’t be sure, since I was an oblivious kid, but I don’t think it was as bad “back-in-the-day.” Holiday Seasons had distinct delineations. First it was Halloween and all the costumes and candy corn, then Thanksgiving and its wicker cornucopias and grocery shelves packed with yams and green beans, and only then Christmas. There was no buying firs and spruces before Labor Day.

I took that nutcracker photo in August. AUGUST!

My first Christmas card arrived Dec. 1. I still haven’t brought out my Fall decorations and now, I’m late for winter.

I feel like a Grinch.

There are only a few more gifts to pick up and mail, then I’m done. Maybe by then I will get into the spirit of the season.

Bah humbug.

“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” Dr. Seuss

This week’s word is:

Shop

What to do:

Using “shop” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

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