OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley Decks the Mall

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You know those completely annoying people who tell you before it’s even December that they’re all done with their Christmas shopping? Well, Brad Paisley’s not one of them. “I’m pretty last-minute. Most guys, I think, are like me. You just don’t invest enough, you don’t think ahead and plan it. I really do end up somewhere like the mall or something on the 24th,” he told CMT Radio. “It’s a shame. It’s really a waste of what should be a fun day, because you know, here I am scrambling around going, ’Oh, I think they’ll like that.’ They may have never heard of it, and I don’t know what it is necessarily, but let’s buy it! You end up buying all these things, and it’s just a waste.” I know what he means about buying something — or anything — just so you don’t arrive at the family party empty-handed. But I don’t necessarily think that walking around a mall on Christmas Eve is a waste of a fun day. I like to think of it as a day when you, and the malls, are the most in the holiday spirit.