I thought the X or C word was banned, but I did notice the FE use the C word the other day in one of his posts, and he didn't bother to delete it, so me might be on safe grounds here?.
But back to the subject, and the answer is on-line and local shopping. Must support local enterprise and the community. But then again, I am very fortunate to have many of the well known named stores within easy reaching distance, and the time to spare in visiting them?.
Would mention that I have near daily deliveries from various companies, and I notice that some courier drivers are already moaning about not having time to wait in delivering items (the card in the door syndrome). Is this an indicator to increased loads or the drivers already getting stressed out on the thoughts of what is 'to become'?.
Yesterday there was a very interesting article in the Sun newspaper (I think it was the Sun) about Amazon and their warehouse facility at Milton Keynes. Very impressive, especially as nothing apparently is sorted and just stacked on shelves, yet it can still be 'picked' in four minutes from anywhere in the warehouse, and then be wrapped or packed shortly after, with Royal Mail collecting after that. Must note that my last Amazon item, a book, was delivered yesterday by Hermes and not Royal Mail from Amazons's Scottish warehouse and was tracked to the door. Another impressive service.
I've given up on the individual Christmas presents and now give Family Presents.
I use a local Farm Butcher, who breeds his own, and give each Family a Rib of Beef. Unfortunately they've had to give up Couriering their stuff all over the place and now only do local Deliveries. (Last year several Packages never made their Destination and they were unable to re-supply in time for the Season)
I sent out Cheques yesterday, to those that live too far away, with instructions, on what to order (needs, at least, a 20 day lead time) from the local Farmers Market or Specialist Butcher.