Six years ago, I worked at Macy’s. It was the year between college and grad school, I got hired at Christmas and I ended up working there a few months. It was one of the best jobs I ever had because the focus wasn’t on the tedious work, folding sweaters or cleaning up the aisles. Rather, the focus was on enriching the experience that the customers have when they come in to the store.
So when I go to Macy’s now as a customer, I like talking to the employees, chatting them up, listening to their stories. And I know they don’t mind – they’re getting paid to talk to me.
Last night, I went Christmas shopping at Macy’s at midnight – it wouldn’t be Christmas without some Macy’s shopping.
For the past few years, I’ve been going at midnight, since the store is open 24 hours every day until Christmas Eve. The traffic is lighter, the employees are more relaxed and there is more opportunity to just enjoy the experience.
… an aquarium for distraction while you wait for your shopping partner to make decisions
I went to the post office to mail the last minute holiday cards and I spent a few minutes worrying that they wouldn’t make it in time. But I went to the self-service kiosk to print the stamps and immediately stopped worrying. The stamps have Rudolph on them and he can fly all around the world in a night so a few cards in Manhattan and The Bronx should be no problem!
Also, the beautiful ladies at The Sequin Notebook sent me this beautiful personalized card in the mail.
Check out The Sequin Notebook blog to see other tales of card swapping.
I’m spending my spare moments adding holiday decorations and putting last minute touches on gift-making.
Today, I am taking some more clothes, food and gifts to the church to donate for the Christmas party – every year on Christmas morning, we have a breakfast at the church so people from the community can have a place to eat breakfast and get clothes and gifts.
And this evening is reserved for hot-chocolate sipping, gift wrapping and holiday-movie watching – I recorded a few titles from Hallmark channel and I’ll be keeping a box of Kleenex handy because I know they will be tearjerkers in a good way.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here.
It’s 2 days to Christmas. Has the holiday spirit found you yet? How are your preparations going?