Thanksgiving has come and gone, thus officially kicking off the Christmas Season. Holiday music abounds, stores are open later, traffic and crowds are larger, Santas are out in full force, and general merriment is on the rise everywhere. As such, I am poised to purchase Christmas cards to send to family and friends, as well as making my annual list of people for whom I need to buy gifts.
My sister and her husband were home for Thanksgiving, and in between sometimes sickening palavers of love and affection for one another, such as:
Lil’ Sis: My Sweet Jeffy!
Jeff: My Cara Bear-a!
they had time to converse with me. The matter of holiday shopping was bandied about during one of the conversations. Lil’ Sis was insisting to Sweet Jeffy that they awaken bright and early the day after Thanksgiving, in order that they might spend the entire day shopping and bargain hunting.
I’m as big a fan of saving money as the next guy, but no level of price reduction will get me to venture out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. I’ve seen televised footage of what shopping is like on that day. No thanks; I’ll pay the extra 10%. I dislike shopping enough as it is without having to contend with stampeding hordes while hunting down gifts.
In the meantime, I need to stop buying “gifts” for myself. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve accumulated a bunch of “throwback” basketball jerseys lately. Playing basketball has become my primary form of exercise, and for some reason I find it fun to wear the things when I play. It’s sort of dumb to spend that much on exercise clothing, but there is something about the old-fashioned aesthetic that appeals to me. I already have a few of them, but I kind of of want one more– this one. Crazy, right? Someone stage an intervention already.
Oh, so back to the topic at hand– bargain hunting. Sometimes I think sales encourage people to purchase things they otherwise would not, simply because of the reduced price. Today’s Question: What do you think?
Oh, and just ‘cuz, here is what Christmas music sounded like in 1949: