Do you already feel the ice-cold breezy air? Hear “Jingle Bells” over televisions or radios or see bulk shoppers in your favorite malls? Don’t ask why, because it already Christmas time! Yes, Christmas is finally here! This is the time when people do Christmas Shopping as part of their preparation for gift giving, Christmas celebration and numerous Christmas parties. Yet, Christmas is so stressful because we tend to be very busy for the entire holiday season. So, how do we manage our stress? Below are five New Jersey residents who share their extraordinary views on how they cope up stress during Christmas season.
To keep away from stress, Anne Gadsden does Christmas Shopping in a contemporary way-that is through online shopping. Before she starts surfing the internet, she puts first a classic music on her CD player to give a light ambiance for her online shopping. Anne, a mother of three uttered that she had already done holiday shopping and started to do online shopping for relatives living outside New Jersey. She usually browsed Amazon and Buy.com when doing online shopping. She said she saved at least $25 because online companies usually offer free shipping. Above all, online shopping is indeed a stress free activity for holiday shopping.
The best way to avoid stress is to shop as early as possible according to Tasha Crimson. Tasha, a grandmother of eight asserted that she hates holiday shopping rush, so, she decided to shop all summer long to Independence Day to Labor Day all way up to Thanksgiving Day. Giving her self ample time to shop makes her free from stress. Besides, she does not want to freeze while running from store to store.
Bob Caprioti’s shopping style is something different. Perhaps, it might not his style but his wife’s. This man from Wanaque really hates shopping but his wife loves shopping. So, Bob simply delegates his wife to shop everything for their families, including of course the Christmas needs of their three children. In his family, it is his wife who is tasked to do shopping. He just lets his wife does what she wants and in return, his wife lets him does also what he wants. When Bob was asked: Does your wife purchase gifts for her and label it from Bob? He answered: “No, I don’t do that. It is my mother who does buying gifts for my wife. My mother loves also to shop, so I let her buy my presents for my wife. I usually accompany my mother to Willowbrook Mall during holiday seasons and other occasions, especially when I am required to give a gift for my wife. So, I am worry free because I have my mother to choose what is best for my wife!”
Shopping style can be very different, maybe because of our individuality or because of our unique beliefs. For instance, a lady named Angela Rodriguez of Fair Lawn does shopping right after Christmas festivity. So, when she was asked about her shopping style, Angela smiled and said, “Shopping style? I do not go shopping until the last day of Christmas. I always wait until after Christmas because my family came from Peru and we do have a big Feast of the Three Wise Men early in January. It’s the time when we get together. So, during Christmas, I just hang out with my friends in New York where I work. That’s basically the benefit of being single. Then, when New Year comes, I travel to Florida for a week or two just to be with my family. I usually travel without luggage because I ship it early, so, traveling is not painful and stressful for me,” said Angela.
Everybody loves to shop just like Tamara Williams. She loves to shop in a crowded stores or Malls. She might start shopping late but not that really late anymore. Tamara used to such holiday shopping rush because she is a full time University student at the same time a store keeper. It was Tamara’s hectic schedule that usher her to do a last hour shopping. Sometimes, she made final purchases at the stores until closing. Still, Tamara enjoys shopping for Christmas holiday!