Ten emotions we all face when Christmas shopping

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Christmas shopping is probably the most emotional time of the year. You have a list in your purse as long as your leg, you can’t stop eating mince pies and you’ve pretty much maxed out your budget for gifts. It’s a complete rollercoaster of love, stress, happiness and despair, but here are ten of the most powerful emotions of Christmas shopping we experience every year:

1) Confused – hang on, it’s Christmas? Last time I looked I could have sworn it was July…

So it begins

2) Child-like excitement – when you’re walking through the shopping centre and all that surrounds you are Christmas trees, Santa’s Grotto and Band Aid playing on the sound system.

Excitment

3) Hunger – smelling all those chocolate fountains and gingerbread lattes. All you want to do it eat but you must keep shopping, the shops close in half an hour.

Hunger

4) Pain – when you realise you’ve spent the last five and a half hours adding to your mounting pile of Cadbury selection boxes, Calvin Klein boxers and Next jumpers and you’re almost certain your shoulders are about to fall off

Pain

5) Surprise – you think you’re about to pay £35 for a dress but when you take it to the counter you find out it’s actually £32.50 – bargain! Let’s buy four.

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6) Suspicion – that homeless guy has just guilted you into giving him a tenner – because he’s homeless at Christmas – even though he has a brand new parka and an iPhone 6 under that suspiciously clean blanket…

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7) Stress – you’ve got one month’s wage and you still have to buy for your mum, brother, cousin, boyfriend’s parents, dog, doctor, neighbour, local vicar….

Panic

8) Hatred – if that six-year-old girl in the Elsa dress sings Let It Go at 87 decibels in the coffee shop one more time…

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9) Scared – uh-oh. Heavy bag. Perfume bottles. Weak fingers. Long distance to the floor. Don’t drop don’t drop don’t drop!

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10) Relief – the realisation that we’re now in 2014 and that you no longer have to get dressed to do your christmas shopping. You have Amazon.

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