I’ve always enjoyed Christmas shopping. Most years, I’ve done a combination of online and offline shopping, buying items from favorite sites such as amazon.com and etsy, and stores in my neighborhood. Last year, I even did Black Friday shopping, trying the tradition of getting up at 4 am (it was fun for a couple hours, I crashed around 1 pm).
But this year, my heart hasn’t been in it – not the holiday spirit itself, I’m always psyched for Christmas – rather, the shopping craze. I spent 20 minutes getting pushed around in a TJ Maxx today, by ruthless shoppers and inconsiderate salespeople. One particularly rude woman pushing a shopping cart actually told me to “get out of [her] damn way.” By the time I got in line, the line had grown to about 30 people long. I dropped my basket of items and got the hell out.
Rampant consumerism just ain’t my thing. I know what I want to buy for my nearest and dearest and it can be accomplished entirely online, often more cheaply and effectively. And so this year, I initiate my own Christmas Shopping 2.0 experiment to see if I can get all of my shopping done online between now and tomorrow evening, and have all of the items arrive in one piece and on time.
Christmas shopping, commence!
One reply on “Christmas Shopping 2.0”
Maybe I should do it like you… I get to hate this consumerist behaviour around christmas more and more. Everytime I see all the people rushing to get something bigger, better and more expensive I want to puke. They’re on Amazon, too, of course – but at least one doesn’t see them ;-)