8 Things to Remember While Holiday Shopping

     Many people embark on the holiday season ready to shop; relentless in getting exactly what they want.  This usually leads to the spirit of attitude, anger, and anxiety filling the air, smothering the Christmas spirit. Here are eight things to remember when shopping this holiday season.

“The most important things in life aren’t things.”

-Anthony J. D’Angelo

1. Put the money in their hand.  When paying for your purchases, please be kind enough to put your form of payment in the hands of the cashier.  Cashiers are people that deserve respect.  Let’s face it without them you would just be considered a thief.  When paying, if you see their hand is out, place your payment there; not on the counter.  I’m sure you would think it rude if they gave you your change back on the counter…so be mindful and courteous.

2.  Retail workers are people too.  Retail associates work long strenuous hours just for you to be able to shop, so they should not be treated as servants.  Their job is to service you and all the other thousands of customers they will encounter this season.  Most people associates will encounter during this time of year will probably act just as bratty you, so don’t expect them to be on their best behavior at all times. This time of year is just as stressful for them as it is for your wallet.

3.  It’s not their fault. When things are out of stock, it is not the fault of those that work in that store.  Major chain stores are operated through a corporate office. Everything ordered and supplied goes through the corporate office.  Use restraint of your ‘entitled’ attitude to understand that just because you curse the retail associate to hell doesn’t mean you will get the item you so desperately want.

4.  Manners.  “Please” and “Thank You” should be overused during this time of year.  From shoving and bumping into one another in overcrowded stores, to accidental dings on your car in the parking lot, remember, everyone is doing the same thing you are.

5.  Those that are less fortunate or in need.  Do you have a neighbor that you don’t know? Why not introduce yourself.  Do you know a neighbor that is out of work and has kids, drop off a dish or buy a toy.  Visit a home for the elderly, or shelter for families.  Make a difference in someone’s life.  That’s the most valuable gift any of us can give. Any small gesture of kindness can make a grand difference in someone’s life.

6.  People will never remember what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.  Make people feel the way you would want to feel this holiday season. Suicide rates increase during this time of year.  Is this really a time to kill someone’s spirit when so many people are already depressed and lonely?

7.  Respect. Respect is a 2-way street.  Treat people with it and it shall be returned.  Who knows, you may even come out of this holiday season with a great deal AND a new friend.  No deal or item is worth disrespecting anyone.

8.  Smile.  The holiday season shouldn’t be a time of stress and chaos.  There should be peace, love, and tranquility flowing through our hearts.  A smile can change not only your day but the day of those stressed retail associates and other disgruntled customers around you.  Be the light.

Too many people are without family and friends during this time of year.  Give the gifts of kindness and love and it comes back to you.  And at the end of the day, IT’S JUST STUFF!

 These tips aren’t only for the holiday season but should be remembered throughout the whole year.



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