Christmas Shopping Then and Now

Three Christmas Shopping “Stories” – Updated Christmas 2021

Things have changed with Christmas shopping – or have they? I used to avoid crowded shopping, then last year we were prevented from shopping in stores, and this year we are heading into shutdown again. It’s lucky that we are getting used to ordering things from afar.

These days we have to be careful crossing the road because there are so many delivery drivers scurrying up and down the road. Here are three not so distant Christmas past shopping stories.

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The Parking Lot

I was Christmas shopping one day (pre-pandemic), and when I came out of the mall, I could not find my car with the thousands of cars surrounding it. I had recently reset my keyfob, so that when I pressed lock, no beeping occurred – to avoid irritating my neighbours when I lock and unlock my car with that annoying honking. Unfortunately, this means that I can’t find my car in a busy parking lot. This is a good reason to stay home and shop online.

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Best Buy Canada

Accidental Amazon Purchases

My husband didn’t know that I had set up Amazon Prime with onestep ordering. He accidentally ordered some Christmas presents for me one year, and he was very concerned about whether he actually ordered the items, and whether I would see the confirmation. I wonder whether this happens often! I’m sure Amazon doesn’t mind.

Shopping Amazon Prime
Shopping Amazon Prime

Last year and this year, most of my shopping has been online, with only a few trips to specialty shops. I am trying to stay out of crowded places. We are getting good at purchasing things online – and now not just from Amazon. So many retailers have been catching up and that’s a good thing. Here is a link to a Christmas Shopping Ideas Post


Catalogue and Land Line Hospital Shopping

Twenty years ago this weekend, our youngest son was born. I had not been up to Christmas Shopping up to that point. With the adrenaline/hormones still rushing from a very easy delivery, and a BONUS night away from the house of toddlers while staying at the hospital, I purchased WAY TOO MUCH from the Sears Catalogue using the hospital land line. Sears was able to deliver all of my items ordered Dec 21st after midnight by December 23rd. This year, while I am amazed at the number of things that can be delivered to my doorstep within a few days, I step back in time and think about the Sears Catalogue and hospital bedside phones that have disappeared. Also how did that baby get to be 6’4″?

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By the way, I am currently waiting for the FEDEX man as usual!

Goldendoodle with wrapping paper tube
Goldendoodle enjoying a wrapping paper tube

Finally, my favourite part of Christmas is the inside tubes from wrapping paper rolls. Paper tube swordfights are awesome, and the dog likes them too. Enjoy the season – but take care!

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