Holiday Shopping Madness

Yes, I said holiday shopping. I know the main holiday people are shopping for right now is Christmas, but I also recognize and respect that there are other holidays, too. Hanukkah starts on Tuesday, the 16th. Kwanzaa starts on Friday, the 26th. Then, or course, there’s New Year’s Eve. 😉

It doesn’t have to look like this, though…

Christmas Shopping Stress
Christmas shopping need not be so stressful.

If you’re heading out into the jungle of material items waiting to become gifts, take a moment to prepare yourself.

  • Know that parking will be tricky and be OK with parking at the back of the lot.
  • Know that there will be shoppers oblivious to the fact that there are others wanting to get by them. Take a deep breath, smile, and say “Pardon me.”
  • On the same token, be mindful that there are other shoppers wanting to get around you and don’t block the aisle.
  • Know that the lines to checkout will be long and remember that you are choosing to shop at that hour of the day and at this late date. Take another deep breath and smile. Smile at the person near you who may be sighing, scowling, shaking their head, or even flipping up their palm as if to say “COME ON ALREADY!”
  • Know that traffic (especially on the weekends) is going to be nuts. People lose their senses, get confused, or simply have no common courtesy. Be forgiving, gracious, and patient. It’s only temporary … for the most part.

Holiday shopping can look like this…

Happy Christmas Shopping
“I just like smiling. Smiling’s my favorite!”

Holiday shopping tips:

  • Fuel up before leaving the house, and take water and snacks with you. Hunger makes us cranky, and food courts or restaurants may be packed. This means more waiting in line.
  • Take deep breaths periodically.
  • Shop early or late in the day if at all possible. The middle of the day is the busiest – except, of course, for Black Friday. I avoid that completely!
  • Keep a cheery song in your head.
  • Skip the crowds completely and shop online as much as possible.
  • Smile!
  • Be attentive to cues for gift ideas throughout the year. Buy these things as you find them and stash them until Christmas. Just don’t forget where you’ve stashed them!
  • Don’t go into a store with the expectation of being out of there by a certain time.

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S   ! ! !

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