Filed under: Shopping with tags: craft supplies, sisters
For those who are unaware of the custom, Boxing Day is currently traditionally the day that stores have huge sales in hopes of getting rid of their stock. I remember going boxing day shopping and the only things that were really ‘on sale’ were Christmas decorations, fake trees and lights. Which is where my family got our (lovely 7 and a half foot) tree (that no one could be bothered to help me set up this year), pretty much all of our decorations (not including the ones that my sisters and I made in our elementary school years) and all of our Christmas lights as well. It’s nice, especially since it’s not like they can really find people to buy that kind of stuff after December 25th and it’s usually inexpensive compared to the original price.
But the original tradition of Boxing Day is where the people who are more well-off (i.e. employers, upper-class/upper-middle class, eccentric billionaires) give things like food and money to those who aren’t so financially blessed (i.e. employees, lower-class, servants, maids, the guy standing on the corner with a hat out and and toothy smile). Funny how we forget those kinds of things while people wake up at 4am for a sale that starts at 6am in hopes of saving a few hundred dollars on that brand new television that they must get. To be fair, I sometimes don’t remember those who are less fortunate and I admit it. Today, however, I headed out and gave an undisclosed amount of money to the food bank since I couldn’t remember what kinds of foods that they said they wanted in a recent newspaper article and I figured it’d be better if they picked out what they wanted to purchase for their food hampers themselves.
And before anyone starts thinking that I’ve gone soft or anything, I headed to Michaels after that with my sister and we did our shopping there. She bought over $100 worth of yarn for around $35 (cotton, wool, merino, alpaca, nylon, so much yummy yarn). I hit up their Christmas sections. I got 2 packages of Christmas-themed cards, 8 photo holders that I’ve been eyeing for the past month, small ornaments that I’m going to be turning into earrings and a package of recipe cards.
So I guess in a way, I did my act of kindness today for those less fortunate while also shopping for things that I’m going to be using (perhaps I don’t need to be able write Christmas cards or make another 20+ pairs of earrings, but I can afford to spend a little to fund my hobby, which makes me happy) since I like consumerism and all that, to some extent.
1. Did you do anything nice for someone out of the goodness of your heart this past week? (Please note: not shoving your younger/older sibling or a parent into snow does not count as a good deed.)
2. Did you do any Boxing Day (or whatever it’s called in your country) shopping today? (What did you get?)