It’s a week until Christmas and I’m just not feeling it.
I stopped buying gifts for grown-ups years ago and there are no little ones in my orbit, so it’s been a while since I personally got caught up in the shopping/wrapping frenzy. But I’ve always gotten into the spirit of the season watching everyone else run themselves ragged.
But it doesn’t seem to be happening this year. The stores I’ve been to haven’t been crowded. Not even last Saturday. Not even the LCBO, Indigo or the gift-wrapping station at the Manulife Centre. I walk just about everywhere and I haven’t seen very many people schlepping bags of presents.
What’s going on?
Are people so spooked by the stock market they’re not spending? Are they giving to charities instead (which to me reflects the true spirit of Christmas)?
Have they finally realized that they spend more time returning gifts that don’t fit or aren’t liked or don’t work than the time and angst spent shopping, schlepping, wrapping and hiding them is worth? Are they tired of having to shovel up pounds of discarded ribbons, bows, glitter, boxes, bags, tags, cards and gift wrap?
Is everyone online shopping instead?
All I know is, the grocery store I was in over the weekend had enough boxes of panettone stacked up to build Donald’s wall.
Now there’s an idea!