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!