Get all of your baking and shopping and wrapping done early and do this one thing on Christmas Eve:
Go grab a cup of coffee, latte or mocha and head to the mall. Find a bench, sit down and take an hour to relax and watch all of the crazy shoppers.
It will be the best time you’ve ever had.
I know from experience.
It is a family tradition.
Yes. Yes we are a quirky family.
It started when I was around 8 or 9. My dad took me to the mall at 3:00 on Christmas Eve. I’m not sure whose idea it was to do this. My dad does like to people watch, but I am guessing my mom wanted us out of the house.
Even at that young age I enjoyed it.
Then as I grew much older, we transitioned from sitting on a bench with a coke, to sitting with coffee, to heading out to the Mall of America and grabbing a real drink.
The shoppers are nuts!
It is mostly men out shopping.
Some are strutting proud with their bags of fine women’s clothes. They know they are going to be a hero.
Some are walking very fast and look just plain scared.
And some look sheepish as they carry that teeny, tiny hot pink Victoria’s Secret bag because he knows that we know that there aint no flannel pj’s in a bag that small.
If you see a guy like that, you want to be sure to make eye contact. That is key. Watch his reaction to your knowing smile. It is priceless.
Ahhh yes, there is nothing better than being at the mall on Christmas.
Especially if you are the one not shopping.