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Saturday, December 7, 2013

#Celebrate December 7th

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It was a five-day school-week filled with observations and parent-teacher conferences. There were new kids to schedule for literacy support and more than the average number of assessments to complete.  The kids were distracted by the myriad of social and family events that roared in over the Thanksgiving break.  Merging (this year) Thanksgiving and Hanukkah contributed to the hype for some.  Turning the calendar to December caused other to be giddy with anticipated trees, parties, and presents.  Yet,there were VERY bright spots in my week that are worthy of a HUGE celebration!

 
Thanks to the miracle of the internet, the power of Amazon Prime, the lure of "free shipping" and the power of one-click shopping at virtual stores such as Lands End, LL Bean, and Macy's, the boxes started arriving this week without a Black-Friday midnight run to Walmart and without me ever setting foot in a mall!  The UPS drivers have done most of my holiday shopping work!  As a busy-commuting-care-giving-teacher-professor, I can't even imagine how how the shopping happened back in the "old days" before the internet!

A little part of me feels like I might be missing out on that image from holiday movies.  You know, the one with the fur clad shopper laden with shopping bags with snow glistening in her hair? 
Another part of me worries about local merchants who depend on holiday shoppers to make their quotas.  I will say a little prayer that someone out there visits them and shops for a whole lot of stuff!  

For me, for this year,boxes like this are a reason to celebrate!  
     

7 comments:

Michelle Haseltine said...

I'm with you! I love online shopping!! This year many gifts are being homemade...so I'm swamped with getting that stuff done. Happy online shopping!

Terje said...

I like how you think what's good for you but at the same time worry about the shopkeepers.
I have not yet started with holiday preparations. First I will get the reports written and then I'll think. The spirit of holidays is still around. The first snowfall and the smell of gingerbread cookies...

Jaana said...

Online shopping all the way! I am like Terje, the only other shopping I enjoy is book shopping! Mailing a package for my daughter in England today (that I ordered online)!

Leigh Anne said...

I am one of those shoppers who will help the local merchants! Although it does seem like the older I get, the less I like it. It may not be long when UPS will doing some of my work! Have a great week!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I do a little of both - especially with indie bookstores, which MUST be kept alive!

LInda Baie said...

What a time for you to have conferences, but happy you survived till the next time, Anita! And glad for you that you are able to do so much shopping from your armchair!

Ramona said...

I do a little of each, but less and less real shopping. However, I always stop by our local bookstore. It's an important presence in our community, and they just celebrated their 40th birthday last month.