I have to tell you how impressed I am this holiday season. I don't know what's different - I'm sure everyone still has long shopping lists and lately, less money, but it seems like everyone is in a much better mood than in years past.
This morning, I headed to the mall, almost afraid to go. But I needed an outfit for Christmas eve (we're hosting 23 family members) and I want to look nice. So into the fray I went. There was the same frenzy of last-minute shoppers, the same lack of parking spaces, but everyone was nice.
On the way in, at a cross-roads where two lines of cars met, everyone took turns. People chatted in line. The clerks were available...and helpful. It was so strange. Yet neat. Yet, well, strange. I had that same experience on Black Friday, the last time I tried to get out for a good chunk of time and get things done. Everything else I did online because I figured it would be too crazy otherwise.
So what about everybody else? Are you noticing better crowds this year, or did I just get lucky?