Over the years retailers have gotten creative in their shopping opportunities.
First is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Next comes Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to "shop small". Commercialism takes a temporary break on Sunday, then comes back for Cyber Monday, which is all about finding online shopping deals.
Our family is doing a gift exchange again this year. I received my name a couple of weeks ago, but (coincidentally) finally got around to doing the shopping today. The younger generation likes to send out lists complete with hyperlinks to websites. If I could have found the items in a brick and mortar store I would have purchased them, but in the end it was just easier to do it online.
It sounds like I wasn't the only one. I've received texts from some of the out of town family members that they were having things shipped to the house. Based on past experience there will be a steady stream of boxes arriving on the front porch for the next couple of weeks.
Five years ago today: Easing Into It