Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 20, 2020, or: Last-Minute (Literally!) Christmas Shopping Crunch

This is what the sky looks like on this December Sunday. Photo by Suparerg Suksai on

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, December 20, 2020, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 70˚F (21˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast (but more from the south) at 10 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 75%, the heat index is also 70˚F (21˚C). Today we can expect a high temperature of 76˚F (24˚C), as well as thunderstorms that will pass through our area. Tonight’s forecast calls for thunderstorms and a low of 59˚F (15˚C).

This is a concept that some people still can’t accept. (Photo Credit: Anonymous)

I know that you are probably weary of hearing this, but even though Christmas 2020 is less than five days away, I am still not feeling “the spirit of the season.” And, yes, my reasons for feeling like a Colombian-American version of Ebenezer Scrooge are the same:

  • The continuing spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and the rising death toll
  • The stubborn refusal of President Donald J. Trump to concede defeat in the 2020 Presidential election
  • The equally stubborn refusal of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters to concede “their” candidate’s defeat in the 2020 Presidential election
  • The various personal disillusions and disappointments I’ve been handed in this awful, horrible year

Nevertheless, I am trying to be as helpful and nice to everyone here as I can. Yesterday, for instance, I helped The Caregiver finish her Christmas shopping for her three young adult kids by placing several orders on Amazon – she gave me her debit card, so she’s paying for it all – for things that they requested.

Hopefully, MOST of the presents will look like this on the 24th! Photo by Any Lane on

Of course, I am somewhat skeptical that all of those orders will reach New Hometown in time for Christmas Eve; one order – for the most expensive item on the list – has a tentative arrival date of
December 28, 2020- January 4, 2021.  

Now, my experience with Amazon tells me that the estimated time of arrival in Amazon orders is often a “worst-case scenario” and that my orders often get here way before the due date. But with COVID-19 still running rampant and affecting the U.S. Postal Service and the various shipping companies’ schedules – workers do get sick, and weather does affect planes and ground transport after all – we are being told to expect delays.

I don’t know why everyone here waits till the last minute to tell The Caregiver what they want for Christmas, but this is how things go in this house. I have gotten used to it after five Christmases spent here, but I can’t help making – perhaps unfairly – comparisons to how my late mother ran her house and prepared for the holidays when she was alive and still in relatively good health. (The last Christmas where my mom had an active role in cooking a Nochebuena dinner and putting up a few holiday-themed decorations was in 2009…11 years ago.)   

As for what I’ll do today….I’m not sure, actually. I had hoped to go out for a brief walk; I don’t watch local news that much in New Hometown, so I didn’t know that we will have thunderstorms around today. It is dark, gray, and uninviting outside, though, so that idea has been rejected. I might read for a while, or I could watch some TV before the storms start. We’ll see.

On this note, I’ll close this post; I really don’t have any more news to dispense, and I don’t feel like writing about Trump, COVID-19, or any other unpleasant topics. If the weather permits and if I can choose an item to review, I might write a product review later. I don’t know, though. We’ll see what develops.

So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and, please, be kind to others. I’ll catch you all on the sunny side of things!

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

6 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 20, 2020, or: Last-Minute (Literally!) Christmas Shopping Crunch

  1. I just had to get out and go for a drive. It’s a slow time of year for work and at the same time not much else to do since I don’t snowshoe or anything like that. So I went for a drive and played some Pokemon Go. I’m starting to think if we get back from Florida and Marc is laid off I might have to go somewhere I can get out for my sanity. We will see what happens. He’s hoping to work in the yard where they make concrete barriers and stuff over the winter.

    I’ve always been ahead with Christmas shopping, but there are some things I ordered that I don’t think will get here until after Christmas. One thing has been sitting in a post office in Phoenix since December 5th.

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    1. I tend to take after my mother and get a jump on Christmas shopping before the first week of December. Of course, in my previous life, I lived within walking distance of not one but two malls, and if I didn’t want to walk, I could get rides or use Metrobus. (And that was before I started shopping on Amazon in 2001!) Here, I don’t do the mall thing much; when The Caregiver was The Girlfriend we would go to the nearest big mall, sometimes with her visiting-from-Miami mother, and do some of the shopping between December 15 to December 20. But when it comes for shopping for the “kiddos,” it’s always a last-minute thing because they wait – literally – till the last possible shipping window to tell their mom what they want from Amazon…..

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      1. It’s 1 1/2 hours to the nearest real “mall”. I have to go to Portsmouth or Portland for that. Usually we manage fine with the outlets we have in town for the necessities. This year has been mostly Amazon, though.

        And if people waited till the last minute to tell me what they “want” they’d be getting whatever I selected for them when I was ready to do my shopping.

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