Christmas Shopping and Bad Mall Food


I don’t get it.  The economy is hurting, people are losing their homes, the shelters are begging for winter jackets and food for the homeless, and the Malls are packed.  How do I know this?  Every day, I pass the Mall on my way to and from work, and these days the parking lot is full.  So, tonight, I decided to stop by to see if people were actually Christmas shopping or just hanging out.

Serious Shoppers

And guess what?  Cha-ching, Cha-ching, Cha-ching – those cash registers were working overtime.   People were actually spending money and toting around the shopping bags to prove it.Plus, they were waiting in line at the Food Court for bad Mall food, bad Chinese, bad pizza, bad fries.

Bad Mall Food

Now, I don’t know about other women friends over 50, but this year I’m cutting back and making my gifts with my dear friend Sadhvi (if we can ever find the time to do it). This will not only enable me to save money, and feel crafty, but it will get me away from the dreaded shopping frenzy.  Please don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the holiday spirit as much as ya’ll – well, maybe not AS much since I’m Jewish and don’t really have to,  but what I want to know is where is everyone getting the money to shop, shop, shop and load up on bad Mall food?

Personally, if I didn’t feel so strongly about supporting the local business owners, I’d do more on-line shopping.  After all, it has its advantages.

Advantages to shopping on-line

6 thoughts on “Christmas Shopping and Bad Mall Food

  1. We weren’t much for gift giving in the brown household anyway. I am cutting back but have been to the mall and may go again. I do enjoy the feeling (for a short period) of the hustle and bustle but I am also very good at keeping on task with my money. I also shop online and have given several gifts that way. The key is to eat prior, go with a list, get in and out but also be able to enjoy the decorations etc… they have great sales and specials as well. As usual it’s all about moderation…

  2. Well-said Annice… Being someone who likes to sing along to Christmas songs while baking cookies right in my own home, I find it difficult to imagine going to THE MALL and actually BUYING something for my loved ones. My edible gifts are filled with love and light and magic. And guess what? I get very relaxed while baking, something I most certainly would NOT by going to THE MALL!

  3. I guess it is easier to go to a mall in Asheville than in California. It has been years, over six of them, that I’ve set foot in one between Halloween and New Year’s. I’m not much of a mall gal the rest of the year either… but certainly during that quarter the mall is the last place I want to be.

    As for people spending… I remember hearing this in my 20s…. “Most people spend money they don’t have, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.” Never thought of myself as the Scrooge type but as the years go by and our government tells us to spend all the while stealing our future away, the concept of consumerism is abominable to me.

    Who doesn’t like a beautifully wrapped present, but when I think of landfills bubbling up with beautiful ribbons and expensive papers I just want to give the gifts that can’t be wrapped in the first place.

    Bravo AB… I love your perspectives, always!

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