Yesterday after lunch, my husband and I decided to go get a few things from the mall downtown before doing some shopping for fresh produce. It had been a while since I had gone to this shopping center before Christmas. I recall the shopping I had done there the first few festive seasons we were in Toronto: the floors had been packed wall to wall with humanity and the hum of voices had felt overwhelming.
As I looked around yesterday, I noticed that there were not as many people shopping this year. The halls were filled with people – but not as I had previously experienced. I noticed too that people carried less parcels in their hands than one would expect.
The number of shoppers and the amount of shopping bags that people are carrying bring home to me, once again, that people are spending less money. Sales and promotions abound before Christmas day and yet many shoppers do not take advantage. My one hope is that with less disposable income, shoppers will return to the true intention of Christmas. The day should not be about giving expensive gifts, or receiving many gaily wrapped presents. Instead it should be about giving something small to loved ones in celebration of the birth of Christ.
I need venture out only a few times more into the throng of shoppers before Christmas. The supermarkets I expect to be busy as people stock up on fresh produce and the makings for a Christmas lunch or dinner. And the other stores? I will have to see.
Have you noticed that there are less shoppers in malls this year?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014