Twas some weeks before Christmas (or whatever your bent), and no presents were purchased — not even cards sent. The stockings were hung by the fake fireplace, but most people lagged in the purchasing race. Staring blankly at catalogues, websites and ads, these yet-to-be shoppers tried to follow the fads. Did my wife want a necklace all covered in gold? Should I buy my dad music, or is he too old?