So although I'm an anti-consumerist atheist, I've found myself out in the stores a great deal this month, mostly for household project needs. I can't say I've enjoyed it, but I figured I'd look around and pay attention to other people as I made my purchases. I've been in a lot of stores where I assumed the majority of the people are there to make holiday purchases. Although it's been several years since I was in a specifically holiday/consumerist mode, I recall that when I was, certain things were to be feared this time of year: no parking, crowded aisles, and long lines.
This year those fears have proven ungrounded.
I'll have to go back and look up the numbers, but it seems to me that this holiday season is well, not really that different than any other shopping season this year. There were some long lines at the grocery store today, but that was honestly the first time I've been actually annoyed by the crowds. The rest of the time, I've been breezing thru. I've been to some truly "seasonal" shopping environments as well- big box stores, malls, toy stores, kiddie stores (what was I supposed to do? Sis was pregnant and asked me to pick her up some stuff). And I've been at all times of the calendar: during the weekday, on the weekends, mornings and nights...and strangely, except for the shortening of the days and dusting of snow, I really can't tell that it's that famous season of consumerism in overdrive. Not at all.
What about you? What was your shopping experience like, if any? If you're a holiday shopper, did you find yourself more restricted in your purchases this year? What about those of you who work in retail- how's business?
If I give Christmas gifts, I always give in money or time to charities, in the person's name who is receiving the gift. I'm too anticonsumerist to do anything else, and too atheist to feel motivated to do even that very often. What gifts, if any, are you giving this season?
The best gift I've received is of course this intelligent, critical, dynamic group of readers who grace this blog with wit and political acumen. I can't think of anything I'd rather receive. Thank you. And Happy Fesitivus!