You know a year in advance that Christmas is coming. So why does everyone seem to wait until the last few days to do the shopping? The after Christmas sales are the best times to do your shopping. Everything goes drastically on sale from fifty percent off and more. You just tuck them in a closet and when you put your tree up you will also have gifts to put under it. That way you aren't out running around trying to find something to buy. And you won't have to come up with a fortune out of your budget in December to buy things that aren't in your budget. At least think about picking up a couple of nice gifts for yourself that will be so cheap you won't feel guilty. If you are traveling for the holidays drive safely. Leave early enough that you can stop if you get too tired. Stay warm.