CHRISTMAS BEFORE MALLS

I remember when there were absolutely NO shopping malls. Christmas Decoration by FreelartI’m showing my age, but what the heck. My sisters and mom would dress up to go downtown to Christmas shop. Before we entered the stores, we had our noses up to the display window looking at a Christmas scene surrounded by toys or fancy party attire. I loved the smells and the sounds inside the department stores. The aroma from the lunch counter at Belk Stores of burgers, fries, and grill cheese sandwiches. The constant ringing of the cash register bell. I liked being in the midst of the other shoppers in their winter coats, gloves, and hats, bustling about with their arms full of shopping bags.
Back then, a person bought items only if able to pay for them with cash or check. There were NO credit cards. If one didn’t have the full payment, the item went in layaway and was picked up when paid in full. Like many folks, my mom had a Christmas savings fund at the bank. She would put money in throughout the year and then withdraw cash once Christmas rolled around. My sisters and I had a short wish list, usually inspired by thumbing through the Sears & Roebuck catalog. Although we didn’t get much, we were excited and grateful for what we did receive.
Christmases of my childhood were simpler than today’s hustle and bustle madness. There was no such thing as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday. This year all I want for Christmas is holiday music, some goodies to eat, church on Christmas Eve, and time with my family. To me, that is what Christmas is all about.
May your Christmas be filled with love, peace, joy, and wonder.

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at www.susanmillswilson.com.
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