I Don’t like Shopping in Crowds, But I’ll Sing At the Dollar Store.

Grinch Ephiphany

I’ve decided to do this week’s Saturday Stream of Consciousness post on my neglected other blog.

Today’s prompt from Linda G. Hill, is “store.”

I don’t like stores much this time of year, at least not the busy ones. I try to avoid the mall and those big discount super stores – you know the ones I’m talking about- this time of year.

I’m not a scrooge. I love Christmas! I love the lights – twinkling, colorful, happy lights, and I love signing Christmas carols. I’m going caroling Saturday with my church buddies and Sunday night with some new neighborhood people who just want to go caroling!

But I don’t care for buying presents much anymore. Like the Grinch learned:

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!”

I’ll probably get a couple things for my dad and a gift card for my daughter. I sent off a package and card to the grand kids. But I don’t think my husband and I are buying anything from a store for each other. He is a gift to me. Time spent with him and with family is more valuable than anything we could buy in a store.

So staying out of crowded stores is my way of loving me, too.

Like singing!

Buddy the Elf singing

I did go to the dollar store a few days ago. I don’t remember what for. Fortunately it wasn’t too crowded. I was near the back of the store and heard a deep, male voice singing up front. He was singing “Silver Bells.” I’ve always wanted to do one of those flash mobs with singing Christmas songs in a store at Christmas. But so far, I haven’t found people willing to do it with me. And loving me, too means I’m not ready to knock myself out trying to round people up beyond dropping hints. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen naturally. Like the other day in the dollar store.

So, I hurried to the front of the store to sing with the man. He had a very good voice, and I didn’t know all the words to the second verse, but it was fun to accompany him while other shoppers looked on. I didn’t care if they thought it was weird. And I’m sure some of them enjoyed it. The man appreciated the accompaniment, I think. He was happy I tried anyway.

Maybe I’ll go sing to the Salvation Army bell ringers. I’ve been known to do that. They have long hours on their feet. We’ll see. Yes. Next time I see a bell ringer, I’ll sing a Christmas song for them. It can’t hurt, right?

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