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Archive for November 28th, 2011

Massad Ayoob


Monday, November 28th, 2011

Six years ago, the National Retail Confederation created Cyber Monday.  Lots of businesses – and lots of buyers – have gotten aboard with the concept since.  On this first Monday after Thanksgiving, my email is flooded with Cyber Monday specials.

I’ve found myself doing more gift-buying (and shipping) over the Internet.  As a little kid, I loved the rituals of going Christmas shopping with my mom.  I have fond memories of watching the snowflakes fall past the glowing Christmas decorations that seemed to hang from every lamppost in the city.  The warmth of knowing I had picked exactly the right gift for each recipient.

But then, there WAS the hassle of lugging it all home.  And wrapping it.  (Good Lord, I NEVER got good at that!)  And standing in the long, long lines at the Post Office, with the awkward pile of packages to be shipped.

Practicality does get in the way of nostalgia, doesn’t it?

In the next few days, I’m afraid a good deal of my gift-buying is going to be online, probably more to spare myself the hassle of gift-SHIPPING than for any other reason.

Cyber Monday and the changing paradigm of Christmas gifting – what’s YOUR take on it?

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