Confessions of a Shopaholic
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While bemoaning the commercialization of Christmas has become as much of a holiday pastime as decorating gingerbread cookies or going caroling, the truth is there are still a lot of presents to buy. ‘Tis the season, after all. That's why you may as well give in and get in touch with your inner shopaholic—at least during the Christmas shopping season. Luckily, author Sophie Kinsella has created the perfect character to help guide us through these times—Rebecca Bloomwood from her book-turned-movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. In the story, Rebecca is an ardent shopper who loves nothing more than to be on the hunt for her next favorite piece of clothing and if it's on sale for a good price, even better.

To get in the spirit of giving, here are a few quotes from Confessions of a Shopaholic to help guide you through the next few weeks of Christmas shopping. After all, as Rebecca says, "When I shop, the world gets better."

First, for the super-organized shoppers among us:

"Christmas shopping! I can do all my Christmas shopping here! I know March is a bit early, but why not be organized? And then when Christmas arrives I won't have to go near the horrible Christmas crowds."

For everyone else, here are a few quotes that just might help make it through the shopping mayhem of the mall at Christmastime.

Remember shopping can be good exercise:
"I honestly feel as though I've run an obstacle course to get here. In fact, I think, they should list shopping as a cardiovascular activity. My heart never beats as fast as it does when I see a "reduced by 50 percent" sign."

When you can't help but pick up a little something for yourself at the store:
"Well, these cashmere gloves I * need * as it is winter, and I have... hands."

When your husband asks what you want this year:
"You speak Prada?"

Can't find anything to satisfy that one sister-in-law? Remind her of this:
"We all fail to appreciate each day just how much we already possess: Light, air, freedom, the companionship of friends."

When you're struggling to find a gift for your co-worker:
"You need some accessories. Some businesswoman-type accessories."

When you find exactly the right present for your sister:
"The most perfect little scarf in the world. People will call [her] the Girl in the Green Scarf. [She]'ll be able to live in it. Really, it's an investment."

When you spot cashmere on sale:
"As I stare at it, I can feel little invisible strings, silently tugging me toward it. I have to touch it. I have to wear it. It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

When a man cuts you off in line for the cash register:
"Men like you are the reason I left Finland."

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When you overdo it at the shopping mall:
"If the American economy can be billions in debt and still survive, so can you."

When you're tired of shopping, try to shake things up a little:
"Shopping is actually very similar to farming a field. You can't keep buying the same thing, you have to have a bit of variety, otherwise you get bored and stop enjoying yourself."

When you try to explain to your kids why Santa brought them new socks for Christmas:
"Underwear is a basic human right."

When you need to regain perspective after hours at the store:
"What's more important? Clothes—or the miracle of new life?"