Countdown to Christmas: Day 11

14 Dec

Good morning! Welcome to Wednesday. As promised, today I want to share with you my vast reserves of wisdom…

…or at least what my Mom taught me on the weekend.

My mom and I have been participating in our own holiday ritual for a few years now, where we spend a weekend in December in downtown Toronto, doing our holiday shopping and other festive activities like visiting the Christmas Market in the distillery district and eating a lot of carrot cake.

We do this because, yes, we enjoy each other’s company and like taking the time to get caught up with each other’s lives, but also because, let’s face it,  neither of us feel up to tackling the Eaton’s Centre in December on our own.

We’re not completely crazy, after all. (Though the waiter who witnessed our carrot cake consumption might disagree.)  

Not to brag or anything, but this year’s excursion went exceptionally well. We were able to get everything on our list (including a mysterious Banana Republic bag that I wasn’t able to look in, hmm…) and we were able to maintain our sanity, besides! 

Upon further reflection, I’ve decided that this serendipitous day was the result of a few key decisions*. I wanted to pass them along to you, in case you’re gearing up for some shopping in the next 11 days.

*Plus, you know, my wit and charm. Hey Mom, what’s in the BR bag? And have I mentioned how lovely you look today?

Key Decision Number One: Go Early

This may sound like an obvious one, but the fewer people there are in the mall, the less annoying they are. I think it’s definitely worth the effort of getting up earlier than you otherwise might on a Saturday morning – you’ll get the time back tenfold in the afternoon.

Key Decision Number Two: Leave Your Coat in the Car

I realize this one may not be possible if you don’t have indoor parking available, but if you do – leave that coat in the car, baby!

And your scarf, and your mitts, and your winter boots. This isn’t just handy if you need to try something on. I promise you, any activity you may find yourself doing in the mall will be more comfortable if you’re not bundled up in a giant puffy parka and a ton of winter gear. Even if you’re just sitting taking a break. And that brings us to…





Key Decision Number Three: Take Breaks!

No one said you had to do all of this in one shot. If you need to sit down – on a bench, by a fountain, on Santa’s lap – go for it! Your feet will thank you later.

So there you have it. A little something from me to you, to hopefully ease your shopping angst. And if you still find yourself stressing out after following the steps above, remember to stop, take a moment, and enjoy the season. After all, it’s not every day the mall looks like this!









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