A disadvantage of living in a rural, scarcely populated area such as ours is a dearth of stores. Christmas shopping can become something of an expedition, involving planning (who will do the evening chores? which business in which town is most likely to have the best selection? what is the weather forecast?) and much driving.
But any inconvenience is made inconsequential by the wonders seen along the way. Call me a rustic, but I'd much prefer mountains and mustangs to malls!
"Not all who wander are lost." ~J.R.R. Tolkien
"I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." ~Psalm 27:13 (NIV)