Shoving my way through the crowds, past all the plastic tat and mass-produced nonsense, I'm proud of my usual second-hand shopping habits.
Sitting here casting my eye around my home, I feel content and a little bit smug at my bits and pieces, sourced creatively from charity shops; jumble sales; car boots; auctions and, on occasions, snaffled from the street.
Our home is now full of things that have been scrubbed and polished, revamped and upcycled, all of which have a story to tell, a previous life and often, a former purpose.
I love that I've rescued these things, saved them from landfill and not wasted precious resources making new.
From the clothes in our wardrobe (and, now I come to think of it, the actual wardrobe), to the chairs we sit on and the plates we eat off... from the vintage decorations I'm about to put on our tree, to the wreath on the kitchen door, they have all been salvaged and re-loved.
It's been a great year for thrifting and I've thoroughly enjoyed hosting Magpie Monday each week. I've met some wonderful kindred spirits and found some amazing new blogs. I've oohed and ahhed at the estate sale finds of our American friends and watched with such happiness and admiration The White Approach's business take off.
I've hooked up with Chris Tea and Cakes, and had her over last weekend to pop her jumble sailing cherry.
I've had a scream with Molly; Amanda and Goriami at Britmums and I'm sure if we hadn't been so hungover we'd have managed to sneak a vintage market or two in.
I've made firm friends with the lovely Lucy, met up for illicit lunchtime chazza raids, been foraging and was honoured to go to her gaff for her birthday party.
I picked up an amazing new friend in a house clearance shop (see, you really can find ANYTHING in these places) and from not knowing her from Adam just a few months ago, we now speak almost everyday and I'm so grateful she's appeared in my life - I now count her as one of my closest friends.
So all in all, a lot to be grateful for. You wouldn't get any of that in Debenhams would you?
I'm going to take a little break over Christmas, so the next Magpie Monday will be on the 7th January.
I want to wish all of you a very thrifty new year, I hope the charity shop gods continue to smile on you, and I hope you and your family have the
Just to be clear - I'm wishing you 'the ultimate Christmas' - not a new dick. Unless it's on your list of course.