Holiday Shopping

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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Christmas Shoppers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Christmas Decorations at Eaton Center. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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.

photo (24)Have you noticed that there are less shoppers in malls this year?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

 

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32 thoughts on “Holiday Shopping

  1. I live in a small town where there is a tiny mall. The city fathers are encouraging us to shop there instead of in the big city which is about 50 miles away. One does not have the large selection but I try to buy from the local merchants.

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  2. I’ve avoided the crush so far and Christmas is a very small gathering for us . It still looks frenetic out there in the malls :-/
    I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful old fashioned lovely Christmas Colline !

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    1. I think shopping online is a choice some people are making as I have seen UPS and Canada Post vans drive by often. As for homemade gifts – those are always the best. Especially biscuits and jams.

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  3. I am w family in NYC Colline and I agree w you. It seems crowds are smaller and stores less crowded. I too hope people will stop buying things their friends neither need nor want and get back to the real meaning of Christmas. Generosity of spirit is much more important!

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  4. well actually my husband walked out of two stores yesterday because they were so full – one was Costco! and he drove by the short pump mall and it said it seemed jam packed – but I did notice that black Friday shopping was pretty dead – and someone told me it was likely because of the online retailing perks….

    anyhow, I loved the way you put the emphasis on giving small gifts and giving of ourselves – and I have seen so many parents heavy cos they want huge gifts – and while their might be a season to splurge on something grand – well one year we started to look at the overall message we were giving and I told my body that we had a plan for xmas gifts – to keep it balanced – and if we wanted to get them “big” gifts it would never be at xmas just because – and so we do 3 large, 3 med. – a check and bunches of misc. – and it seems to work for us… with balance and while still enjoying a time of sharing… hmmm
    🙂

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    1. I agree with you. Big gifts can be given when it is needed – or even for birthdays. When my girls were younger many of the gifts were pencil crayons, books, craft things, etc – all individually wrapped. The fun was in the looking. Now they get clothing, a book, and something a little fun 🙂

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      1. well Colline, I have to tell you that you inspired my post today. Well actually, I was already just going to share about the lottery tickets with an update on my tea bags in the card s- but this potent little post of yours was ringing in my head – seriously – and I should have actually noted it in the post (but I was long winded as it was) ha!

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  5. Yes, I’ve also noticed the same thing, Colline. We’ve been out to two very popular malls in the past few days, and have managed to get great parking. The shops haven’t been too crowded either. It was a most enjoyable experience, and we got some great discounts too. 🙂

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    1. I always hope that it may in time lead to bringing back the true spirit of Christmas. When people do not have much money, they normally begin to find other ways in which to share gifts. Or maybe it is just my optimism showing through 🙂

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  6. “They” were saying this morning that it was a pretty good season for the stores, Colline. Not record breaking but up from last year. They attributed it to falling gasoline prices giving shoppers a more positive outlook on the economy. Seeing is believing, however. Maybe your gasoline costs haven’t dropped as much as ours have. It’s been a few years since I paid so relatively little to fill up my car’s tank.

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  7. Yesterday was hectic, shoppers everywhere, traffic congestions and all shops trading well, today, Christmas day, all is quiet apart from the sounds of childrens joy and laughter, tomorrow being boxing day, the shops will once again be full, as people chase the after Christmas bargains.
    I hope your day goes beautifully.
    Emu

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