I am old enough to remember Christmas time without the internet. To some people going and braving the crowds in the shopping malls are the way to celebrate the holiday season. Not so here in this house. I used to avoid stores at this time of year like they were infected with the bubonic plague. Yes being Jewish that did make it easier to avoid the crush of holiday humanity especially as we never did the 8 nights of Hanukkah presents in this house. Not with all the relatives giving gifts. Every year it was as if the children became a toy store unto themselves. Enough became enough
Not certain why this yearly tradition of being squeezed into a brick and motar store like sardines is so much fun for some, but they still do it as part and parcel of tradition. Personally I like the new tradition....
Sitting with a glass of wine, in your PJs, at any time of day or night as you Google what you want to buy and check out who has the cheaper price, faster service and better delivery options... now that's my idea of holiday spirit. And yes, any shopping with a little bit of sparkling wine adds to the cheeriness of the moment. No alcohol is evil references here please. Apart from the fact that someone is an alcoholic or pregnant and not allowed to drink, the daily glass of vino has umpteen number of benefits and is a grown-up way to relax. So hands off the bubbly.
Actually, I remember decades ago, this little start up company called Amazon, that along with its bookstore partner (can't remember now if it was Barnes and Noble or Borders) would deliver any book you wanted right to your door. One of the things I did like to do was spend hours and hours in any bookstore looking for something interesting to read. Honestly, it was one of the few things I had in common with my father-in-law. Meanwhile, I can still recall this excited phone conversation from years back when the FIL found Amazon on line. He was so thrilled and excited. He had just ordered a new novel and they delivered it right to his office. He sounded like a kid in a candy store with an unlimited budget.
Also since my boys were little at the time, my
What a new and exciting world was beginning. You young'uns are so spoiled today and you don't even know it.
Of course, cyber shopping also makes it easier to spend money, go into debt and generally spend money you don't have on crap that you don't need and will never ever really use. But hey isn't that the American way, materialism, merchandizing and fulfilling self-esteem needs through physical, tactile and Madison Avenue induced want. It's what keeps our economy, or what's left of our economy, afloat, well sort of....