December 26, 2013

Christmas Perspective

On December 19th, I realized my eldest son had something on his list of 'like to haves' that I'd not thought about. He doesn't read me, so I can put it here.

He had a fraternity sweat shirt and sweat pants he found that he thought might be cool. I went to the website, put the order together, got him a fraternity ornament, and pushed go.

I thought it would probably be here by the 25th, but being it was the 19th, it might not. It's not like I hadn't bought him items.

Come the 24th, I realized it wasn't going to get here in time. That afternoon, I gave him a big hug, grinned and said, "It appears YOU will be celebrating Boxing Day! The rest of us will watch and clap!"

He thought it was pretty funny. Today is Boxing Day, it's still not here.

Now I don't know what method of shipping they used. I suspect it's USPS. I don't care. I wasn't given an option for shipping methods, I just bought it and paid for it. If it's not here in a few days, I'll give them a shout and ask them what's up... just making sure it's not totally lost.

Here's the deal:

1) When you shop on the 19th... ON-LINE... expect that it just MIGHT NOT make it.

2) When you have decided to shun the Mall (me)/are too lazy to go to the Mall/ shopped so late that your items were out in local stores... and you therefore shop online... expect that your packages just MIGHT NOT make it. At all. And I don't care what the promises are. Expect it and have a back up plan.

3) If you do ALL OF YOUR SHOPPING online and come 23 December, NONE of your gifts have arrived, you may want to think about having a BIG back up plan.

4) And last but not least... Christmas IS NOT about the gifts. When you bitch about the gifts not being there, how it ruined your Christmas, I don't want to hear your hypocritical self bitch about Christmas crap coming out in October, about the commercialization of Christmas, about our materialistic society. Don't bitch about how the stores are open on Thanksgiving. About how many people only go to church on Easter and Christmas. Or how they don't go at all.


And if you do... don't do it around me because you're going to get my rendition of the world's smallest violin playing the world's saddest song for you.


On a happier note...

Two days before Christmas, I was still thinking about how I did not find the 'ultimate gift' for my husband. He had a couple shirts, a wine rack he'd asked for, and underwear.

Big deal.

He had gifts, but nothing *I* was excited to give.

And so I went onto the Kravis Center website and went through their shows, looking for something he might like. Last year, I got him tix to Bill O'Reilly and he loved it.

So I was scrolling through, not loving any of it, when I saw... Andre Bocelli!

SCORE! Valentine's Day. DOUBLE SCORE!

I went to the seating site, saw he was singing at the BB&T (stadium) and saw the good tickets started at $395.

Holy crap.

So I went up a section, realizing, "I can do this..." picked two seats, hit GO, and as I went to check out, saw my bill was going to be over $700.


I realized, "I'm a pinhead. I must've misunderstood how to select... I chose four or more seats..."

I went back and saw, that even in the next level down, it was $300 a ticket. Holy crap.

So I found us tickets I could afford after playing around. We're in row three hundred and something now.

When he got the tickets I said, "If we close our eyes we can hear him really really well and pretend we're closer. Or... we can bring binoculars!"

So that's what we're doing Valentine's Day.

I'm so excited, because my husband is a BIG fan of Bocelli!

I had nothing to hand him, by the way. The tickets won't arrive for another two weeks. So I printed a picture from on-line, put it in a box, and wrapped it.

Back up plan...

Posted by Boudicca at December 26, 2013 10:15 PM

I had one last gift for my wife show up on the doorstep literally an hour before gift opening began. My wife ordered something for me that apparently was shipped from Japan and although it was "intransit" as of the first week of December, it's not expected to get here until mid-January. :D I keep telling her that it's ok, but she's not a happy camper.

Posted by: Ted at December 27, 2013 06:10 AM

Ted- it is one thing to be disappointed and irritated. It is a whole other thing to rant and rave and declare Christmas ruined as I'm hearing. That's kind of blown me away...

Posted by: Bou at December 27, 2013 09:59 AM

We had something similar happen with an ornament we ordered from the other side of the state. They shipped it via USPS who routed it through New York.

Our package to my brother in FL was delivered by UPS to an abandoned house on another street. I will be lodging the complaint today.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 27, 2013 11:11 AM

And the abandoned house thing DEFINITELY deserves a complaint. Honestly I've had my own issues w UPS having nothing to do w Christmas. I'm not their biggest fan due to an incident a few years ago. Being on a conference call w some guy in India who worked for Dell reading the condescending riot act to the losers w attitude at UPS was a highlight of my life. I wish there had been a recording.

But... I'm not going to scream they ruined my Christmas.

Posted by: Bou at December 27, 2013 11:33 AM

I got off to a late start shopping this year, and so did most of it locally. The one gift I did order late got here on the 26th. The company that shipped it promised delivery by Dec. 23, and they upgraded my shipping for free, so I paid regular delivery charges. Which means I wasn't ripped off, since I got regular delivery. I DO think, however, that what needs to happen is for delivery services to not make inflated promises they may not be able to keep. This would force people to accept the reality that if they order late, they might just be out of luck. Underpromise and overdeliver is a very good motto to live by!

Posted by: PeggyU at December 27, 2013 03:42 PM

Had to laugh since we still are awaiting several items... my biggest problem was losing the ONE present one of my daughters "Would have loved." Ordered another one a couple of days ago... today I found it.

Posted by: Lemon Stand at December 28, 2013 08:18 PM

I ordered my hubby an Auburn/Florida State shirt to be delivered on Jan 3rd... just got an email. It'll be here around Jan 15th. D'oh...

Posted by: vwbug at December 30, 2013 07:58 PM