Need another reason why it’s super important to shop locally this year?
About 60 percent of shoppers nationwide say they plan to buy fewer gifts for fewer people this holiday season, according to a Bloomberg/Harris Poll, while more than one third have decided to skip gift-giving altogether.
That makes even more important for those of us who are out shopping to do so locally.
Our merchants will really appreciate it.
How about a reason to be super nice to store clerks?
The Wall Street Journal has a fun story this week about the challenges of working at a store, restaurant or bar that blasts Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas is You” and other holiday tunes over and over and over and over.
“Do you hear what I hear? Yes, all day long!” writes Joseph Pisani.
“It is allegedly the most wonderful time of the year, and retail workers are trapped in stores, restaurants and bars with yuletide anthems blaring on a loop,” he adds.
Pisani interviewed one store clerk who plans her trips to the stockroom when the Carey’s 1994 hit is due to come up. And there’s a bar in Dallas that only allows the song to be play on the jukebox once per night.
“Truly painful” versions of “Santa Baby” and different variations of “Jingle Bells,” also leave many workers looking forward to a silent night come Dec. 26.