Unless you started in October, Christmas shopping is going to be a nightmare. As the whole country descends into town on the same day as you, you’ll wish you had been one of those organised October shoppers.
Yes, the ones you laughed at for shopping too early. Oh how they’re laughing at you right now...
Getting a coffee
The queue for a coffee is the longest you’ve ever seen and you’ll spend at least 40 minutes standing behind a woman who insists on hitting you with their bag. When you do finally get it, someone will walk right into you and rather than drinking your much-needed coffee you’ll be wearing it. And you’ll cry.
You’ll forget one thing
You’ll no doubt forget at least one important Santa gift - the one thing that you actually came out for. But there is no way you are going to go back in. No. Way.
You’ll forget all about your very tight budget
You just know so and so is going to love this crazy expensive snow globe. Budget? What budget?
The Christmas music
The first hour is nice and festive. The second hour you suddenly realised you have heard this song at least five times. It’s the third hour and you’re starting to feel a little crazy...
You can’t find that one item
They have only asked for this particular thing - this one thing that you simply cannot find. And so help you if you have to do this shopping malarkey all over again tomorrow. They’ll like the socks or lump it.
The whole world and its mother have decided to go shopping at the exact same time as you. You’ll wish you took the bus.
Queuing for food
You’ve been on your feet for three hours and all you want is a sandwich, but the queue into the restaurant is a mile long. Guess you’ll just have to settle with the boiled sweet you found in your pocket.
You’ll spend hours waiting on a bus into town and then you’ll spend even longer waiting on one out – all the while your shopping cuts off the circulation into your hands. Actually, driving around the car park for hours doesn’t seem so bad now.