Yesterday I went to run errands on my usual errand-running day. Went to Target, PetSmart, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx (and there you have ’em–my favorite stores!)
Found bumper-to-bumper traffic at every place. The aisles were so crowded we could barely move in the stores, and once I had to stop and direct traffic around the shoe aisles at Marshalls.
Clearly, Christmas shopping has begun. Obviously, I will find another day to run errands.
I usually take Saturdays as my sabbath and I do no ordinary work on that day. I’m thinking from now until January 2007, I’m going to start taking Fridays instead. Maybe even Thursdays.
It’s not that I don’t like people or Christmas, but I don’t like crowds. I’m a fast-paced browser who counts burning many calories as one of the health benefits of shopping. I walk fast, I shop fast, I can pull out that charge card like Marshall Dillion handling a six shooter. But Christmas crowds are not my favorite thing.
As I left Winn Dixie yesterday, the woman at the Salvation Army kettle called out “Merry Christmas.” I answered in the same way, but I was thinking, Please let’s just get through Thanksgiving first, okay?
Four weeks of Christmas rush is enough. Why must we extend it to six?
I have a feeling I already know the answer.