Monday, November 26, 2007

Tis the Season

A fellow blogger friend of mine gave a great dissertation about when the proper Christmas Season may officially begin. For me, that was today! I did not spend the weekend, buying presents and decorating my house for Christmas. I did not wait in long lines, or camp out at stores over night for the best deals. I needed a few days to unwind and relax. Savor the Thanksgiving Season... eat those leftovers, and have the family hearth open and welcoming for the rest of the clan, scooting in and out. We purposely avoided all contact with the area around our mall and shopping center. After a lovely relaxed Sunday dinner and visits with family and friends, I finally decided to hit some stores. My wonderful husband joined me and did the carrying. The mall was almost empty, the clerks helpful and friendly. I nailed so many presents, with cheerful helpful clerks in about three major stores; I am in a bit of shock. I kid you not, every store I went into they greeted me with a smile and did my searching for me. I simply walked in with computer print out of my kids shopping list, with the store, price, and item number. I actually had two clerks fighting over helping me at Macy's. They not only found all my items, but they beat the internet prices to boot when their item was not on sale. At one smaller chain store, they even offered to wrap my 4 items for free that they gladly found and gathered for me. I went on to finish my shopping and on my way out of the mall, I simply picked up my wrapped gifts. As I was leaving the shop manager said, "Wait a minute, I forgot your bows." She rushed to the back of the store and brought out four lovely bows and deposited them in my bags. Even my husband had fun. I’ll tell you what; I will never shop the after Thanksgiving Day sales again. Sunday night was the perfect timing, I am telling you, “It’s a Good Thing.” ;>)


Nadine said...

Thanks for the tip. I tried this year, but it was too crazy. I just went home.

Shadraq said...

That is an amazing story! We went out on Black Friday - Boaz was up anyway. :)

(your kids give you item numbers??? I should do that)

- Shadraq

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Glad that your holiday shopping is off to an excellent start! I'd love to have two clerks fighting over me. LOL!

Today, I'm just going to sit down with a list and a budget and pray a lot. :)

Jen(n) said...

That strawberry baby hat is soo cute!
Oh I wish I had a little girl to put it on!

Kare-kare said...

Wow! May I send you my shopping list? You have a beautiful family....much to be thankful for!

Barbara said...

Sounds like you did the right thing.

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