'Tis the season for shopping, shopping, and more shopping for holiday gifts! I will admit that before having children I was all about the draw of Black Friday deals and being among the bustle of the eager crowds. I almost don't believe it myself, but one year I insisted on taking my sister-in-law to Macy's in Herald Square (yes, the Macy's smack dab in the middle of Manhattan) on Black Friday. I guess I was pretty young and crazy back then.
This holiday season I am eight months pregnant, and the stories of pushing and pepper spraying are plenty enough to keep me out of the crowds even in the slowest of shopping hours. Here's an easy equation for you:
8 months pregnant + concerned about the safety of my future son + Black Friday = BAD IDEA!
This year, I'm all about shopping online for the holidays. Nerdy people like my husband call this using ecommerce solutions - I call it "making my life a heck of a lot simpler."
Now it's easier than ever for businesses large and small to create their own secure space in the web and to sell products to people like me, who prefer shopping in their pajamas, at home, with a big cup of cocoa and a Christmas movie playing in the background. And trust me, I've taken full advantage.
Our Christmas tree is now decorated and surrounded by wrapped packages both big and small, with at least 90% of them having been purchased online. Super easy for me, and beneficial to the online retailers as well. Many companies offer special free shipping promotions this time of year, and even though the electronic-shopping-cart-to-door process seems instantaneous and magical to me, I also have to remind myself that I'm doing my part to keep others employed during the holiday season. The whole idea of shopping online, having an item packaged up, flown or driven to a specific destination and hand-delivered to your home is a pretty incredible chain of events.
This holiday season, be part of something big - shop online to save your sanity! (Which often does make me wonder... how did we ever survive without this amazing feature of the Internet?)
Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog campaign for Bucks2Blog for an ecommerce solution company and was compensated. However, the views and opinions are 100% my own.
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