I had a thought the other day as I read a post on Facebook saying ” I finished all my christmas shopping online this morning” that going out to shop has some stiff competition from the internet.
A memory instantly came to mind of my Mom taking me to The Bay in downtown Winnipeg, to Christmas shop. Just walking into that store evoked the feeling of Christmas in me. The huge garlands and trees & even toy trains that were a part of their Christmas decor made wondering about the store so comfortable. There was never any hustle and bustle to those shopping days. It was was quite simply enjoyable and as a child it helped teach me the simple joy of picking out that special gift for my family or friends. That joy of giving a gift that was carefully hand selected for the way it felt or smelt, not the way it looked on a computer screen.
Take a look at the beauty in the building itself, in the picture below… the building and the company is rich in history & tradition
Certainly our society is a busy one, my life included. However I am determined to find the time to take my children shopping so that they can experience the same joy of choosing that special gift just from them. In addition we will shop the small businesses in Cochrane that work so hard to bring Christmas to their stores. Today I found my Mom a gift a Paisley Boutique and The Kitchen Boutique as well as some other gifts at Just for You…..I can’t say for who!!
Our lives are built on memories…..some are captured through photos & video’s, told through stories or evoked through conversation. For me the memory of shopping at The Bay is comforting & they were a part of our Christmas traditions growing up.
Just my thoughts today….thought I would share! May the next few weeks leading up to Christmas provide you with some enjoyable, relaxing pre-Christmas Cheer!!