The Road Less Traveled
There's been a lot of construction and street re-routing going on in my neck of the woods. In order to not sit in the traffic and get into a yelling/cursing match with the other drivers when I go out Christmas shopping, I take the back roads as often as possible. It might take me a bit longer to get there but it is way calmer on my nerves. So if you know of an alternate way to get where you're going, I advise you to take it.
Making A List...
Santa does it and so do I. Although I make lists because my memory has become ridiculous. But seriously, it helps when I have multiple stores to go to if I have a list of what I'm buying and from where. This saves me from having those "what did I come here for?" moments. It also prevents that son of a b- exclamation when I get in the car to leave, only to realize I forgot something I needed to buy.
Get Into the Spirit
No, I'm not talking the Spirit of Christmas Past, Present or Future. I mean whatever you need to make yourself merry. Play some Christmas music in the car when you're out shopping. Better yet, once you're home for the night, have a little holiday cocktail or taste some of the baked goodies you (or someone else) made. There's no shame. I won't judge. Whatever you choose to deck your halls and stay mellow, it's all good.
The Internet Is Your Friend
Ah, shopping online. Hassle-free. No dashing through the snow and fighting for a parking space. No waiting on line. And best of all, can be done in your sweats, pajamas or ugliest Christmas sweater while eating freshly baked cookies.
I highly recommend all of these because no one likes their parent/spouse to be a Jolly Asshole at The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.