Are There Christmas Shopping Manners?

I have always been an advocate of good manners. One of the first things that impressed me about my husband back when we first started dating was that he was careful not to leave his cart on the left side of the aisle at Walmart, and he always looked before going out into the main aisle. Even though I live in the South, I don’t feel like the majority of the people in my area exemplify that sweet Southern politeness instilled in them by their Mamaw. When I saw an article titled 5 Manners to Make Christmas Shopping Merry and Bright posted on Facebook, I couldn’t wait to read it. I love the first paragraph…

“Manners are, simply put, best practices for handling any interaction…even Christmas shopping. There are Christmas shopping manners. And, if we all used them it would make shopping more enjoyable and less stressful for everyone.”

I thought to myself, “I can’t wait to share this. People need to read this!”

Once I read all Maralee had to say, I realized I needed to read this. 

To be honest, my attitude when shopping is typically one of an effort to show others what they are doing wrong by emphatically moving around their carts parked in the middle of the aisle. No wonder I end up frustrated every time I shop! She goes on to say…

“Buying on sale is a wise use of our money. That’s good, but so is acting in a way that shows others you know the reason for the season and that shopping for gifts you’ll give is one part of the way you celebrate December 25. The day set aside to remember that God sent a stable baby to save an unstable world. When you open the door to the store remember that this too is Christmas!”

Good manners are so much more about how I treat people than how they treat me. Maybe that’s obvious to you, but I needed the wake up call on that one. By serving others and showing them God’s love, shopping might just become more enjoyable and less stressful for myself. Imagine that!


Make sure you read this great article, 5 Manners to Make Christmas Shopping Merry and Bright, before you hit the stores for Black Friday. I know I’ll be referencing it a lot during the holidays!


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