I was hoping to avoid much shopping. Usually I just like to get people whatever they need like shoes or a pair of pants, but somehow that always brings looks of disappointment. It looks like I’ll have to round out the holiday here with a tree, more gifts, and food. I need to buy a bunch of food for the people who are coming home because, let me tell you, they eat a lot. So I will venture forth into the great retail Christmas landscape today. Wish me luck.