It’s December 4, and the malls are teeming with activity. The crowds are beyond comprehension—I often wonder why more people don’t opt for the convenience of online shopping, especially during this bustling season. This is my inaugural plunge into in-person shopping in quite a while, and from Friday until today, it’s been nothing short of an exasperating adventure.
I traversed through six malls across Toronto: Scarborough Centre, Cedarbrae Mall, Fairview Mall, Bridlewood Mall, Shearway Gardens, and Eaton Centre. Each had its unique version of frenetic energy, yet a pervasive lack of the Christmas spirit lingered among the hurried throngs.
Navigating through these bustling masses illuminated a prevalent lack of patience, overshadowing the festive merriment that should naturally accompany this time of year. The clamour and rush for errands seemed to eclipse the joyous anticipation of the holiday season.
In all honesty, I can’t help but find the in-person shopping experience excruciating. The loud buzz of the crowds, the relentless search for parking spaces, and the endless queues test my patience in ways I never anticipated. It’s as if the very essence of hell manifests itself in the chaos of the shopping malls.
Reflecting on this shopping saga, I’ve contemplated an alternative strategy for next year’s gifting approach. Perhaps a more prudent and educational path might involve gifting all those under 18 with gift cards. Not only would this bypass the chaos and stress of navigating packed stores, but it could also be a valuable lesson in financial literacy and responsibility.
Consider this hypothetical scenario: a $1,000 gift card for each recipient. While an amount of this magnitude is unlikely, let’s entertain the idea for argument’s sake. The recipients would hold the power to determine their purchases. Hundreds of Coca-Colas or a single PlayStation 5? Multiple shirts and a basketball? The decision would lie squarely in their hands. This exercise would encourage them to contemplate and allocate their funds wisely, teaching them the invaluable lesson of budgeting and responsible spending.
By providing this autonomy, they’ll learn the pivotal skill of making informed financial decisions. It’s an opportunity for them to comprehend the value of money, discerning between immediate gratification and more substantial, thoughtful purchases.
Christmas Shopping Is Hell