It’s Christmas Eve Eve! One of my favorite days of the year.

It’s not a big secret that I hate to shop. I hate to shop for anything except groceries, really. But I love to think about shopping.

When it’s time to think about Christmas shopping, I like to be prepared. And keep it short and simple.

Henry’s allowed to ask for 5 gifts, which Santa brings, and then Jason and I each get him something. That makes it pretty easy. We don’t really swap gifts with anybody else except my parents, Jason’s mom and my sister’s family. My list is short.

Therefore, it’s easy enough to go one night, a week or so before Christmas, and shop. In one hour. In one (maybe two) stores. And be done.

I know I’m not alone, but I know some of you will think that’s insane. But it sure cuts down on lots of “stuff” that nobody needs or wants and it cuts down on how much money is spent.

Really, though, it helps me remember that the season’s not about the “stuff” as it is about the memories and remembering why we celebrate Christmas.