I Have a Favor to Ask…

By now, most of you know that for ten and a half months a year, I hate shopping. And by now, most of you also know that because of crowds and rude shoppers, I really, really, really hate it the last six weeks of the year.

Yup. It’s like most people check their holiday spirit at the entrance to the parking lot … and forget all about picking back up it until they’re ready to pull back out on the street again.

I know that all the people who read this blog are nice, considerate, and should be the ones filling the stores I’ll be in over the next few weeks, but I’d like to encourage everyone to be a little more mindful of our fellow shoppers.

And not only that, let’s spread the word to everyone we know, kind of a pay it forward movement. No matter how good the deal, no matter how rushed we are, we’re going to smile and be polite – no matter how much we might want to run the people who refuse to reciprocate over with our cars or shopping carts.

Just think of the impact each one of us could have. The more people we can get on board with this plan, the nicer the 2013 Christmas shopping season could be. In fact, it might be one of the nicest in recent history. Probably in distant history, too.

Unless someone could guarantee me that I could have Bruce Willis, Kiefer Sutherland AND Jeffrey Dean Morgan all to myself for a full week, there isn’t an incentive on the planet that would get me into a store at four in the morning on Black Friday with crowds like that.

What about you? Do you like my plan? Do YOU set the alarm and hit the ground running early Black Friday morning? Or are you like me, and you avoid stores as much as humanly possible until the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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