Right before Noel and I got engaged we went Christmas shopping together for the first time. Christmas was a little over a week away and neither of us had given any thought to what we would be purchasing prior to stepping foot in the Cache Valley Mall. It is important to note that neither of us is particularly fond of crowded places and the average time it takes us to get a headache while doing anything retail related is about 70 minutes. We quickly discovered that I had falsely assumed that Noel would instinctively know what to get for my two brothers and Noel had falsely assumed that I would have great insight into what to get his sisters. Gift giving genius eluded us in every store we visited and eventually we ended up in Walmart (it pains me to admit this) where we made our only purchase – some cheap, lame-o, candy gifts for my brothers. We didn’t say a single word to each other on the ride home. In some ways it was a Christmas miracle that we still got engaged a couple of days later and that anyone in our family got gifts from us.
To avoid marital conflict, we’ve done our shopping a lot different since then. Before Thanksgiving we’d completed 95% of our Christmas shopping. So, today was a pretty good Friday.