I remember Boxing day (the day after Christmas) over the years. On Christmas, the newspaper was bulging with the ads for after Christmas sales.
I remember getting up early on December 26th and dragging our daughter to the after Christmas sales. One of our first stops was the Hallmark Store to load up on paper, ribbon, and bags for next year’s Christmas. Inevitably, we would have gifts that needed returning. And if our daughter received money as a gift, she would be on the hunt for a post-Christmas treasure. I was exactly the same way growing up. My best chum and I would head downtown, to the mall, or both without fail to spend a little Christmas money that had come our way.
Fast forward to 12/26/2020. While we are one of the few people who still have a newspaper delivered, there weren’t any ads included on Christmas day. And I don’t imagine the stores are jammed with post-holiday shoppers with a pandemic raging. Guest occupancy at stores is set at 25% of building capacity or less. I know I’m not shopping on Boxing day!
Fast forward again to 12/26/2021. If all goes according to plan, we should have or be close to herd immunity to the novel coronavirus by then. Of course, this depends on many factors, including people’s willingness to be vaccinated. I will be curious to see how much of our pandemic behavior persists. We tend to have short memories. Will there be a lot of pent-up demand for bricks and mortar shopping, happy hours, and indoor dining? Will we be flying or driving to meet up with family or friends? Or will the quieter, more peaceful celebrations of 2020 be our new normal in 2021?
We had a lovely Christmas day 2020. We watched some great old movies, did some reading, took some walks and Boxing day was more of the same. I hope Christmas and Boxing day 2021 is much the same, with one exception. We ate and drank way too much! That particular pandemic behavior does not bear repeating in 2021!
See you on Wednesday!