Some people love buying presents as much as receiving them. Others don't enjoy going out in bad weather to wander around overheated, overcrowded shops. Here are some five conversations to talk about this seasonal activity.
1 Round the Bend
Beth is in a cafe, waiting for Alex to finishi his christmas shopping. Eventually he arrives.
Beth: Did you get everything?
Alex: Hardly. I haven't even got half my presents.
Beth: I told you it'd be busy.
Alex: Ok, clever clogs!
Beth: People go completely round the bend, don't they? You'd think the shops were going to close for a whole month.
Alex: To be honest, I wish they would.
2 Pretty Steep
Alice and her boyfriend Scott are in a sports shop.
Alice: Got any ideas what you're getting Craig for christmas?
Scott: christmas? That's three weeks away.
Alice: Exactly. You know how much you hate the last-minute panic.
Scott: What did you have in mind?
Alice: This croquet set. It's right up Craig's street, isn't it?
Scott: It looks GREat, but the price is a bit steep.
Alice: Yeah, but he's your brother, and he deserves it.
3 A Big Bird
Sidney and Esther are planning a christmas lunch for 12 people.
Esther: We'll need a big bird. I'd better order it this week.
Sidney: I just hope it fits in the oven this year. Do you remember...?
Esther: Don't remind me! Will you do the stuffing?
Sidney: Of course. That's my specialty.
Esther: And I need you to serve the drink, too.
Sidney: Ah, yes. We need some booze. What will people be drinking?
Esther: Everything. And don't forget the port for Uncle Maurice.[en]
4 Over the Moon
Jenny is showing her sister Susan what she's bought for Amelia.
Jenny: I've got her these earrings. I hope she'll like them.
Susan: Oh, she'll love them.
Jenny: They go in this little box.
Susan: She's been going on about getting jewellery for weeks. She'll be over the moon. They'll be her favourite present, I'm sure.
Jenny: Well, it's nothing special.
Susan: No, they're lovely. There isn't a necklace that goes with them, too, is there?
5 Buying Nothing
Sarah is on the phone to her sister Dinah.
Sarah: "Buy Nothing Day"? What's that?
Dinah: It's supposed to make you think about what you consume.
Sarah: That's silly. You still need to buy food, don't you?
Dinah: Yeah, but it's only one Saturday a year.
Sarah: Well, a friend of mine is buying her family a goat this christmas.
Dinah: Did you say a goat?
Sarah: Yes, you donate money to a charity, and they buy a goat or chickens for village in Arica.
Dinah: Mmm! That's an idea! Can you send me a link?