Shopping

Christmas shopping has, at best, been abbreviated this year. My stamina is still not back following my bout with exhaustion, bronchitis and other ailments and I tire easily after just a few minutes on my feet. So Amy shouldered most of the load while I put the seat back in the Liberty and slept. We returned from trips to Christiansburg and Roanoke with the SUV loaded and picked up some last-minute items from the local shops in Floyd.

Christmas shopping has, at best, been abbreviated this year. My stamina is still not back following my bout with exhaustion, bronchitis and other ailments and I tire easily after just a few minutes on my feet.

So Amy shouldered most of the load while I put the seat back in the Liberty and slept. We returned from trips to Christiansburg and Roanoke with the SUV loaded and picked up some last-minute items from the local shops in Floyd.

David St. Lawrence has a good piece about the benefits of shopping locally at Ripples. Several local merchants tell us they’ve had a good year.

But finding the right Christmas gift still means a necessary, and tiring, trip to a large regional mall like Valley View. We hit there Saturday, just two days before Christmas, and were surprised that we found a parking spot up close. I made one trip into the fray and found the hallways uncrowded and the trip through the checkout line a short one.

On the way home, I wondered. Was it really that uncrowded or do we still compare the crowds to the mob scenes we lived with in Northern Virginia? I don’t know but given my limited mobility this Christmas season, I’ll take what I can get.

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