There weren't a lot of people at the mall. I expected more. It was early though, and I suppose a lot is done online now. In fact, I've been doing more of my shopping this year online. It's so easy, and can be fun if you think about it......
I wonder though. I remember going in years past to small, individually-owned shops a few days before Christmas to buy one or two gifts at a time. Things I hadn't seen at any other store and wouldn't see anywhere else. The shops had one small door in the front with a wreath on it, lights all around, music, a decorated tree, sometimes cookies and coffee for the customers. And bells. There always seemed to be bells somewhere.
I used to set out early in the morning with a few dollars in my purse, expecting to get all the gifts I needed that day and still have time to stop and have lunch; and that's exactly how it went. I didn't expect a lot from the gifts really. . . they only had to suit my budget, be somewhat unique, and fit in a box. Not so hard. Low expectations were a big help.
It was always a rewarding day, with somehow plenty for everyone on my list.
Then home to settle in and relax before Christmas day. I can't say my shopping does that for me now, but I will say it's fast and fierce online in a good way. My work now is to settle back and watch the trucks roll in to Rabbit Hill.
It's a new day, to be sure.